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The Likeness

(Dublin Murder Squad #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  100,765 ratings  ·  8,489 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Tana French, author of The Witch Elm, is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post) and “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker).

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times

In the “compellingˮ (The Boston
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Viking Adult (first published 2008)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: Promises dark and edgy but turns up blunt. Its holdover heroine’s not nearly as interesting not being commented on.
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
Emily May
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 million stars

The Likeness is an extraordinary novel. It is one of the 2-3 best books I have ever read. After reading just two Dublin Murder Squad books this month, I have made a spot for Tana French as one of my 3 all time favorite authors. She is a brilliant writer, and in my opinion has penned the quintessential psychological thriller with The Likeness.

How refreshing not to have the plot spotlighted on a kidnapped child, amnesia, or spouse-beating. This story focuses on the killing of a you
Mar 17, 2016 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 ✘

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
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was easy to get behind Tana French's work and bear with some of the problems I had with it. It had glitches like pacing and organizing the chapters in their order.

But I was also pleasantly surprised by the ease with which I could recall the characters and their motivations.

I thought the book deserved 4 stars, which is a score that I don't give willy nilly. The Likeness earned this score. I realize not many people will be swept by my recommendation, if it's not their favorite genre.

For those w
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A doppelganger worthy of speculative fiction and people living in a variant of a Tolstoyan commune murder mystery.

It reads like she's casting a spell along the lines of du Maurier's "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate..." I wasn't thrilled with the action scene, but that may just be me.
Fabian {Councillor}
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
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"… Lexie Madison developed out of nothing like a Polaroid, she curled off the page and hung in the air like incense smoke, a girl with my face and a life from a half-forgotten dream."

Four years ago, Detective Cassie Maddox went undercover as Lexie Madison, an identity she concocted with Detective Frank Mackey. But that case is long over, and Lexie Madison should no longer exist… until she mysteriously appears once again as a dead body found in an old abandoned cottage. The fact that thi
Dan Schwent
Dec 12, 2014 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
Elyse Walters
Apr 15, 2012 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
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
After being stunned by Tana French's opening novel, I was equally impressed with the second instalment of the Dublin Murder Squad. After being severely emotionally scarred during Operation Vestal, in which a young girl was murdered, Cassie Maddox left the Squad for the more structured world of Domestic Violence. After receiving a frantic call from Squad Detective (and current boyfriend) Sam O'Neill, she agrees to meet him at the scene of his latest case; perhaps her first mistake. Cassie arrives ...more
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
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first trip to Dublin wrecked my cold heart , and it took me a year and some excellent reinforcement to make me step back into the game. Trust me, Cassie, It was not just you who needed a timeout after operation Vestal.

In Likeness, we find that Cassie has transferred from the Murder squad to relatively peaceful Domestic violence department. But when a body turns up near a village, she gets an urgent call from Detective Sam to report to the murder scene ASAP, and she finds herself staring at
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t exactly a sequel but it is helpful to have read the first book in the series. The premise is outlandish and completely unbelievable. I decided to just go with it. I was rewarded with richly drawn characters reminiscent of The Secret History. French’s writing and understanding of the human psyche is always superb and this was not an exception. If you can get past the idea of a doppelganger being inserted into household of close friends without being recognized as an imposter, you’ll en ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review now up 😉


A crazy BR with the best squad ever! Mimi and Sreyas 😉 Thanks guys for going into this rollercoaster ride with me!

This book blew my mind!!! 😱 At first I felt like reading a not successful story from a soap opera with unlikely theory. That really REALLY annoyed me! But after some time and 200 pages in, the situation changed to better, even awesome! I ended up loving this book and craving for more! And it left me emotionally drained....

“Humor me,” Frank said. “Don’t tell
"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
Joe Valdez
Nov 02, 2015 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
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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 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I love the way Tana French writes, but for now I haven't loved those of her books that I have read. To be fair, I don't really read much crime fiction so it might be a genre thing. I am still intrigued enough to keep reading her books because something about the world she is creating is appealing to me.

The Likeness follows Cassie Maddox, who was my favourite character from the previous book in the series (In the Woods), so I was immediately pleased with it. But what follows is the most unrealist
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SOO good. The writing, the characters, the plot. Basically everything about this was brilliant. It is quite a long read but it's never dull and never feels drawn out. I was engaged the whole time, curious what would happen, and totally satisfied with the ending. Now I really need to continue this series!
Oct 28, 2008 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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, female-lead
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
“Most dead people are the only thing in the room. Murder victims are different; they don’t come alone. The silence rises up to a deafening shout and the air is steaked and hand-printed, the body smokes with the brand of that other person grabbing you just as hard: the killer.

The first thing that hit me about this scene, though, was how slight a mark the killer had left. “

The publicity blurbs explain the premise – Detective Cassie Maddox is the spitting image of the murder victim. Not only that
I had my doubts about this story's unbelievable plot and Cassie's ability to infiltrate that tight ring of students, but this story really got under my skin! The slow pacing should've made me feel like I was jumping out of my skin with anxiety, but this author's writing style caressed me, kept me holding on for dear life, and then left me open-mouthed at the end of it all!

At the 70% mark, this story knocked me off balance! Completely!


I wondered if Cassie had descended into madness because she'd
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

This is the main thing you need to know about Alexandra Madison: she never existed.

Yet someone claiming to be her, and looking exactly like one of her former impersonations, is found stabbed to death in an abandoned cottage in the Irish countryside. Detective Cassandra Maddox, the one who created the fictitious Lexie character for an undercover job years ago, and the one who looks like the spitting image of the dead girl, is challenged by her former boss, Fred Mackey, to go back undercover and
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Tana French is the New York Times bestselling author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place, The Trespasser and The Witch Elm. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

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Dublin Murder Squad (6 books)
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