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The Likeness by Tana French
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Jan 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, 2010, library-books-read
Read in January, 2010

Like Tana French's first novel, In the Woods, The Likeness A Novel is a mystery that focuses on the psychology of the detective more than the mystery itself. It's about the way the detective's personal history can influence how he or she approaches a case. In this particular book, it's about how one person can come close to losing herself to another, more appealing identity.

As much as I enjoyed this book, it seemed more than improbable. A professional would never have done some of the things Cassie did in her undercover investigation. In fact, she never would have been able to go undercover anyway.

One of the complaints that people had about In the Woods was that one of the mysteries was never solved. I liked that about it. In The Likeness A Novel, French ties up the ends almost too neatly. One aspect of it should have remained a mystery and it didn't. I probably should have given the book 3 stars, but it did keep me turning the pages.
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