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The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2)

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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling psychological thriller In the Woods

Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She's transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O'Neill, but she's too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. The...more
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Viking Adult (first published 2008)
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Nataliya
There are times when trying on someone else's life for size seems like a very tempting idea. But how do you not lose yourself in it?



This book shredded my heart into tiny little pieces.

It made me reexperience that hollow, empty, lonely, lost feeling you have when you remember the intense and seemingly 'forever' friendships that have somehow, inexplicably just disintegrated.

It made me miss people who once were crucial in my life - and are not there any more, for one reason or another. And I miss...more
karen
okay, i enjoyed this tana french book much more than the first one. and against all odds; the premise of this book is so staggeringly unbelievable.check it out: so there's a murrrrrder, and the body is that of a young woman who looks just like detective cassie maddox! awesome! so why doesn't she just pretend to be the murdered girl, slip unnoticed into her life, and take it from there? because, dummy, her "life" is made up solely of a group of four other insular postgrad nerds who reside in a hu...more
Samadrita
"We had worked together seamlessly, she and I. I had drawn her to this house, this life, every bit as neatly and surely as she had drawn me."

Tana French knows how to conjure up the most charmingly creepy characters out of thin air like nobody's business - damaged individuals who go about life like sentient, breathing time bombs about to go off and leave a trail of wreckage consisting of wounded hearts and shattered illusions in the wake of their committed mistakes. Call this tale of blurred ide...more
Tatiana
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Impressive. Very impressive. I think now, after reading two of Tana French's novels, I finally know what a good psychological thriller is. It is something that goes beyond simple figuring out whodunit, something that delves into the minds investigators, victims and killers, something that focuses on exploring the motives and states of mind rather than logistics of the crimes.

It is the psychological part of The Likeness that won me over, because, let's face it, the prem...more
Brooke
And I thought In the Woods was good...I sucked down this nearly-500 page sequel in two days and then couldn't believe I'd been apprehensive about In the Woods even needing a sequel.

Detective Cassie Maddox goes undercover, with a twist - she's taking the place of a murder victim who looks just like her, and who had taken up residence in a cover identity that Cassie had created years before. She has to slip effortlessly into the role and find out if any of the four best friends that "Lexie Madiso...more
Emily May
This is the second Tana French novel I've read in just over a week and I have to say I'm rapidly becoming a big fan. The Likeness is an excellent story that is about psychology at least as much as (if not more than) it is about a murder mystery. Like In The Woods, the book's greatest weakness is also perhaps its greatest strength: the comprehensive portrait of the characters and their personalities.

French makes certain you know your narrator almost as well as you know yourself. Their habits, fea...more
Reynje
“There's a Spanish proverb," he said, "that's always fascinated me. "Take what you want and pay for it, says God.'" "I don't believe in God," … "but that principle seems, to me, to have a divinity of its own; a kind of blazing purity. What could be simpler, or more crucial? You can have anything you want, as long as you accept that there is a price and that you will have to pay it.”

In spite of the fact that the premise of The Likeness requires a certain amount of suspension of belief, I loved t...more
Lobstergirl
May 28, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dental hygienists
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Concino Concini
This is not mystery, it's science fiction. The protagonist-detective Cassie, and the murder victim Lexie, are so physically similar that the victim's best friends - the four roommates she's been living with quite intimately for years - can't tell the difference between the two. So the detective is able to go undercover as the victim with no one the wiser, until one suspicious roommate notices that the detective will eat onions, whereas the victim always refused to eat onions. Look, we all saw th...more
Mallory
After loving In The Woods, I was so excited to run out and get this sequel by Tana French, who I found to be a thrilling writer. I was disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high after her glorious debut, but I found this book dull. I loved Cassie Maddox in the first book, but found her unsympathetic in the sequel; the only motivation and justifications I could find for her actions stemmed from actions in the first book, and didn't tell much more about her character. There were moments I l...more
Lisa
Initial thoughts (8/21/2012):
Absolutely fantastic. Great characters, satisfying ending, beautiful writing. I can't wait to read about Frank's story next.

Full review to come later (hopefully).

P.S. Tana French, please revisit Rob's story so I can have closure. Pretty please with sugar on top.


Full Review (10/25/2012):
Once again Tana French has blown me away with this second installment of her Dublin Murder Squad series. Like its predecessor In the Woods, The Likeness seems to defy genres. It could...more
Megan
It is amazingly difficult to articulate my feelings and write a decent review for The Likeness. The second installment of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series follows the story of Detective Cassie Maddox as she becomes immersed in a new case. I know it’s not fair to compare this to In the Woods, but how can I not? In the Woods was a gripping, fast paced, roller coaster ride of a murder mystery. The Likeness is a much slower paced, psychological thriller. Did I enjoy it? Immensely. Was it as...more
Matt
Funny how I read French's first book immediately after reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and now I'm reading her second book immediately after reading THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE.

I really sort of hated the ending of INTO THE WOODS (see my review), but many people said this book was BETTER and more focused without all of the "Rob" drama, so here I am.

So far, I'm enjoying the prose, yet bamboozled by the plot-- an "exact duplicate" of the main character just happens to get murdered, and...more
Steph

While I am still working on the fourth book in this series I can safely say, without a doubt, that this is my favorite book of the four thus far. It's hard to say what calls to me here. It could be the way I relate to Cassie and all of her darkest wants and needs. It could be the creaky old house that is reminiscent of so many great gothic settings that have come before. It could be the overarching theme that all anyone truly wants is to belong and to spend every waking moment feeling wine in t...more
Leslie
Despite all the nasty reviews on Amazon, In the Woods was quite a debut, and Tana French is an excellent author. The Likeness just builds upon that foundation. Similarities to Tartt's The Secret History may put some readers off, but this may well be the book Tartt wishes she'd written.

In the Woods was good, but this was better, and French's gift for description creates some haunting images. Her characters have enough flaws to make them human - and to set up plot issues - but not enough to make t...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Utterly implausible and thoroughly delectable! I loved getting inside that insular little world the "misfits" of Whitethorn House created for themselves. I love the way Tana French lets you get to know the characters---*really* know them---with all their neuroses and peccadilloes and habitual reactions. And her dialogue is just plain fun to read. Of course, nobody we know in real life can sit around popping off all those perfect ripostes, but it makes for entertaining reading. And then of course...more
Jenn
I loved her debut novel, In the Woods, which involves some of the same characters read here, and I had really high hopes for this book, too. In some ways, I wasn't disappointed -- the language is still lovely and the scenes beautifully rendered. But in other ways, I was disappointed -- the main character of this book, Cassie Maddox, was the second lead in the last book, and I expected, well, more of her. This book wanted to be a regular novel, not a mystery or crime book, and it's the mystery an...more
Karyn
I *love* this book -- the kind for which you break engagements and go home early just so you can get in bed and read it; the kind that makes you look forward to getting out of bed and going to work in the morning because you'll get to read it on the subway on the way there.

"The Likeness" is a sequel to Tana French's "In the Woods", which I also highly recommend, and even though the plots do not depend on each other, I also recommend reading them in order because you'll know the characters better...more
Regina
If you are looking for a happy ending, a lover’s conclusion or a pat and satisfying ending to a mystery then a Tana French novel is not for you. However, if you are interested in reading about human relationships that are so deep and well developed that it feels like you can touch them, see them or have experienced them then I recommend The Likeness (and Tana French’s first in this series In the Woods). Ms. French has a knack for painting friendships and human interactions in such a way that I l...more
James Thane
Like a great many other people, I thoroughly enjoyed Tana French's debut novel, In the Woods, and I was eagerly anticipating the opportunity to finally get to her second book, The Likeness: A Novel. I find, though, that after finishing it, I have very mixed feelings about it.

The book features Dublin Detective Cassie Maddox who returns from "In the Woods." After a particularly brutal murder case, Cassie has transferred out of the Murder Squad and is now working in Domestic Violence. But she is ca...more
Athena (Shardbearer)

No Pasts

After reading In the Woods and loving the beginning and then hating the ending, I was a little scared going into this one. I wanted more mystery, but afraid of not getting what I want in the end. I know..I can't choose the ending, that's the authors job, but I felt like kicking the last book in the arse. BUT, I really really enjoyed this one.

I switched back and forth from ebook to audiobook(22hrs 24min). The narrator was amazing! Her Irish accent wasn't hard to follow. (I work with peop...more
Lightreads
Well.

Follows In the Woods. Cassie walks out of the wreckage and into a new case which sends her undercover to infiltrate the tight-knit household of a murdered girl. This is very much like In the Woods, and I'm not talking about the need to suspend one's disbelief on the premise. Both of these books are post facto first person memoirs of travail and inevitable destruction; they both examine the forging and breaking of human connections; they are both intricately written and occasionally overwri...more
Stephanie
Second in series. Told from the perspective of Cassie Maddox.

The disaster of Operation Vestal still keeps Cassie awake at night and although she has transferred to the Domestic Violence team, she is still haunted by the mistakes of her previous case and the loss she feels with the dissolution of her partnership with Rob Ryan. She has been trying to put the past behind her and move forward. She has even gotten further involved with Sam O'Neill, another detective from the Murder Squad. One day Sam...more
mark
May 29, 2009 mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: murder mystery fans
Shelves: crime, relationships
I read her 1st novel, really liked it - this one, too. The same character, a female detective, gets drwn into an undercover operation to find out who killed a young woman who looks just like her, and who "stole" her fake name when she was undercover before. I thought the novel was about 100 pages too long. Far too many references to how strange and weird the detective's bodily sensations would inform her ... of nothing, actually; and the creepiness of the surroundings. Also, the "no pasts" gimmi...more
Lewis Weinstein
A totally unbelievable premise. Too much interior dialogue when it adds little and slows down the action, especially in the middle sections.

Put these flaws aside. This is a spectacular read.

French portrays the interactions of a strange group of people, living together in a strange house near Dublin, who may or may not have committed murder. All of their interactions occur on multiple levels. Everything revolves around a beautiful and troubled dead woman who never appears and yet is the always-p...more
Mike
After reading and being disappointed with In the Woods I was hesitant to pick this one up. But, after assurances from several folks that this was in fact quite good, I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I glad I did, this was a fantastic book.

So what made it fantastic? Several factors I believe:

Cassie Maddox: the main character and undercover cop whose apparent doppelganger turns up dead in the woods. With no other leads she undertakes the task as posing as the victim, hoping to find clues from w...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Impressive writing. Somewhat lyrical for a detective/mystery, but it added to the overall enjoyment. While the plot of replacing someone who was already using an assumed identity is improbable, French did a wonderful job of making it almost believable. The plot has a strong psychological angle, as the orphaned Cassie goes undercover, and finds herself in a close-knit circle of friends that are almost like family. Luckily for Cassie, they all have a rule of "no pasts," which helps protect her fro...more
Basuhi
I feel devastated, betrayed and deceived and cheated and a lot of other things (I'm hardly articulate)but I'm not the victim; I'm the perpetrator, and Tana French has messed with my mind so intricately and inconceivably, I officially think I need a break from her stories-it's just too much.
Ana
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The Likeness is the sequel to In the Woods, and it's not your typical sequel, it's more like a companion novel. Same characters different story arc completely. In fact, nothing from the first book gets resolved in this book, nothing barely even gets touched upon. And, although I did end up liking this one, I kept waiting and waiting for something anything about the first book and nothing.

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“Or maybe, and I like to hope it was this one, because the truth is more intricate...more
Karen
Sep 05, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: recentreads
This is French's second novel/mystery thriller and I'm very glad to have discovered her. I couldn't put "In the Woods" down when I read it last year and I felt the same about this one. Her books are not light reads, they are dense with details and characterizations. The Likeness contains some of the secondary characters from "In the Woods", Detective Cassie Maddox is placed in an undercover assignment when a young woman ends up murder--and the girl could be Cassie's twin, they look so much alike...more
Debra
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "I am increasingly in awe of French's narrative talents."



Wow! This 2nd book in the series was even better than the 1st one, and I gave that one a 5! I really cared about the characters who were well-developed. French's prose is amazing. The only problem I had was suspending belief that a) 2 people could so closely resemble each other and b) that one person could so seamlessly walk into her "twin's" life. But, somehow French makes it all work. A very susp...more
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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.

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