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The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2)

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The haunting follow up to the Edgar Award-winning debut In the Woods

Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a gr
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Viking Adult (first published 2008)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Jan 26, 2016 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was amazing
I’ll never be free of her. I wear her face; as I get older it’ll stay her changing mirror, the one glimpse of all the ages she never had. I lived her life, for a few strange bright weeks; her blood went into making me what I am, the same way it went to make the bluebells and the hawthorn tree
Some books hurt. They squeeze your chest, they make your eyes sting with unshed tears. It's a rare author who is able to evoke that kind of emotion in their readers, and I can only say that reading Tana Fr
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
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
Yep, Tana French has succeeded in doing it yet again - writing a fantastic book which kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first to the very last page.

After finishing a book, I usually juxtapose four important elements before deciding on a specific rating: The characterization, the plot, the writing and the atmosphere. Almost never do I feel like all four of those elements have been realized to perfection by the author (as much as I hate to consider something as 'perfect'), but The Liken
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
Dan Schwent
Jan 12, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
After the evens of In the Woods, Cassie Maddox is struggling to get her life back together. When a woman resembling her is found with an ID bearing the same name Cassie used in an undercover case years before, Cassie is thrust into a life that isn't her own in an effort to find out who killed the woman with her face...

The Likeness was a tough nut to crack. The setup is fairly preposterous and was a big hurdle to overcome before I could dig into the book and enjoy Tana French's superb stylings. A
Oct 22, 2016 Elyse rated it really liked it

I've no idea why I never wrote a review of Tana's 2nd book. Other than I didn't write reviews much - if at all - my first couple of years on Goodreads. -- [maybe I should take a lesson]-ha! Save some times! lol...,

But.... I loved Tana's first two books ...I liked them all (one I wasn't crazy about),

The first TWO books are still favorites -- even though I was and still am a little mad at her for not bringing back my favorite character ....

But I LOVE TANA FRENCH. If nothing else ...the dial
Dec 15, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it
First of all, and I just must say it, this is about as unlikely a premise as can be explained outside the realm of speculative fiction. This is after all a contemporary (published in 2008) murder mystery set in a real live place on the planet Earth.

That said, and in the spirit of Ray Bradbury - “let’s get in the rocket ship and go to Mars.”

OK, now that that is out of the way, this is an AWESOME second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. Not – not – not a sequel. No. French makes m
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

If Operation Mirror was a real thing, you would have to look out for the broken pieces on the floor. Because I would have smashed it.

Sigh. Have you ever felt like you weren't reading the same book as your - trusted, I might add - friends, that you don't get it? Because right now I do. Holy fuck I do.

And yet, I was so ready to love everything about The Likeness : In the Woods crushed me in the best way possible, the premise of this sequel, while rather ludicrous (shoot me, I don't believe for on
"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 id
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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
Nov 16, 2008 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008, mystery
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
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 09, 2015 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing
This book. If you have not read it- BUY IT AND READ IT NOW. I've read all 5 (as of Oct 2015) in the series and this one is by far the best! I really enjoyed Cassie's character from In the Woods, so I was excited to follow her in her own journey this time. In short, Cassie agrees to go undercover posing as a girl who looks exactly like her but was murdered. She lived in a house with her roommates; Cassie's mission is to assimilate back into the house and to find out who murdered Lexie (the girl w ...more
“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
Oh, Lordy. This book chewed me up and spat me out.

This isn't going to be one of those reviews where I say a lot. The book was too good, and too overwhelming. I could do it, but it might break me to try. And I'd rather not be broken. So instead, in this review, you will probably get a bunch of nonsense strung together in some stream-of-consciousness excuse for review writing. I DON'T EVEN FEEL BAD ABOUT IT.

The Likeness is the second book in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books. You don't need
Joe Valdez
Oct 01, 2016 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Tana French could probably write a book on organic farming and I'd read it. I'd anticipate a major turf war between the USDA and the IOFGA and actually stay up late to find out whether ladybugs were an effective deterrent against garden pests. Fortunately, French's chosen milieu is much more exciting. With her debut novel In the Woods and this 2008 follow-up, French's finesse with weaving homicide investigation, Irish locale and intense character study together knocked me out.

The Likeness is nar
May 28, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
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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
Tana French can will Never Disappoint.

This book literally had me at the edge of my seat and bitting my nails as to who killed Lexie and Why?

My mind is still racing and my heart aching. Why (view spoiler)

Cassie character annoyed me several times throughout this book and I can help but feel if she did not make some stupid decisions things c
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
693 pages in this book and at least 593 of them were the biggest load of waffle I've ever read! So, going against most other reviews, this book was so yawn making boring, just coudnt get to the end quick enough to get it over with.

Tana French's first novel In The Woods was a good crime novel, this was not even in the same league, in fact I lost hope that it was a crime novel at all really. It's wordy, very wordy, her prose is spectacular at times but why oh why does this book have to drag out pa
Dec 28, 2008 Mallory rated it liked it
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
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
Wow, wow, wow.

Tana French has now become one of my favourite authors. I loved In the Woods but The Likeness was something else. Probably my favourite mystery book of all time. Absolutely amazing.

Full review to come.
Mar 16, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me a long time to get around to reading Murder Squad 2 because I had serious issues with the first one. If I remember rightly it was due to one of the crimes never being solved in the whole of a rather long book. The Likeness is a long book too, but gosh, it is a good one! Admittedly it is built on the foolish premise that one person can look so much like another that they can take on their identity and fool people they live with. If you can swallow that then the rest is just so ver ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Matt rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
James Thane
Aug 31, 2010 James Thane rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2016 Caroline rated it liked it

The wacky premise: detective Cassie Maddox resembles murder victim Lexie Madison so closely that she goes undercover posing as her. Even fans of this book have to admit this is ridiculous; nevertheless, those willing to just go with it and read will find a beautifully written, literary murder mystery narrated with a hefty dose of sass and wit.

This is a very introspective, ponderous story packed with poetic writing. Quite often, though, French’s impressive literary style overwhe
No pasts. This is the rule for the 5 young adults who live in Whitethorn House. As a result, their lives are rather like a biosphere project—things go off balance because no one in charge realized how important worms or spiders are to the ecosystem.

How I remember those achingly close and highly charged relationships of our 20s that we just assume will always be there. You look up some time in your 40s and realize that those people are long gone, you have no idea where they went, and you couldn’
Oct 25, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Oct 27, 2015 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 06, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, read-2010
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
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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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