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The Likeness by Tana French
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Feb 08, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

Detective Cassie Maddox is back, this time without Rob (her previous partner from Tana French's first book The Woods).

In this sequal a young woman is found murdered and Cassie's boyfriend Sam is called in to investigate. He arrives to find the victim is the spitting image of Cassie and what's even more strange, the victim's identity card identifies the victim as Lexie Maddox - Cassie's undercover name on an assignment years ago.

The victim shared an old house with four other students from Trinity college. Secretive and insular, the five stuck close to one another at the exclusion of all others. With no suspect or clues as to the murderer, Cassie's boss Frank Mackey convinces her to go under cover again - this time in the place of the murdered girl.

French with only two books, has already established herself as a master story teller. The story unfolds slowly, with each chapter revealing another piece to the overall puzzle surrounding the case. Throughout the story tension is built with great skill through the characters and the seamless changing of an atmospheric backdrop.

This book will stick to you and wont let you go till the very last page. Tana French's future promises to be so bright she needs to wear shades.
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