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The Likeness [Audio Cassette]

Tana French
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Jan. 12 2009
Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to deal with the events of In the Woods. She is out of the Murder Squad and has started a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill but is too badly shaken to commit to Sam or to her career. Then Sam is allocated a new case, that of a young woman stabbed to death just outside Dublin. He calls Cassie to the murder scene and she finds the victim is strangely familiar. In fact, she is Cassie's double. Not only that, but her ID says she is Lexie Madison the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues, Cassie's old undercover boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: to send Cassie undercover in the dead girl's place. She could pick up information the police would never hear and tempt the killer to finish the job. So Cassie moves into Whitethorn House, poses as a post-grad student, and prepares to enter Lexie's world.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal'**** -- Daily Mirror 'Begin reading this and you won't want to stop' -- Choice 'A literary crime stonker.' -- Lottie Moggach, thelondonpaper 20080819 'Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and undercover police procedural, The Likeness seduces from the start ... A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller' -- Time Out 20080819 'Claustrophobic, conversational, clever and beautifully written' -- Literary Review 20080801 'riveting... hugely satisfying' -- Irish Independent 20080803 'An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller.' -- Woman and Home 20080801 'Paints a vivid, gritty picture' -- Psychologies 20080801 'Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story' -- Kirkus 20080611 'The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel ... French has a brilliant ear for dialogue ... Also in the best tradition of classic crime writers, such as P D James and Ruth Rendell, her characters are fully-rounded people and she is able to layer plots and storylines with a mastery that belies the fact that it is only her second book.' -- Anne Marie Scanlon, Sunday Independent,Dublin 20080928 'A truly creepy mystery thriller... so gripping you'll want to finish it in one sitting, no matter how many coffees it takes! ******" -- Now Magazine 20080908 'Dense and filled with wonderful characters and atmosphere, The Likeness is riveting.' -- Globe and Mail, Toronto 20081018 'French's writing is lush, intense and gorgeous. She possesses an enviable ability to portray scenes so clearly that you feel you're there and can reach out and touch things or join in the conversation. Snap shots remain imprinted on your mind once the book is put aside.' -- Sharon Wheeler,reviewingtheevidence 20081018 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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. Her first novel, In the Woods, won the Clarion award in 2007 for First Fiction, the Barry award for best first novel in 2008, Newcomer of the Year award at the Irish Book Awards 2008, and the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards in the USA in 2008 for best first novel. She has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Likeness by Tana French June 21 2009
Format:Paperback
Detective Cassie Maddox goes undercover to find the killer of a young woman who in life was her body double. This is a taut pyschological thriller taking place in Dublin and a small village in the county of Wicklow. The London Times described this book as mesmerizing and it is a fabulous read. The Likeness is a cut above your average thriller. It is contemporary Irish fiction at it's best.
Ms Woods wrote an earlier book, In the Woods, which won the Edgar Prize in 2008.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Necessarily long March 14 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A mystery story that centres on a complex relationships between university students. The plot develops slowly but is necessary due to the need for the police woman to understand the issues that led to the murder. Worth hanging in there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed with this novel. Oct. 12 2013
By Suzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel did not hold my interest throughout. I chose The LIkeness as I had read and enjoyed Tana French's debut novel, In The Woods, and this had piqued my interest to read more of her work.
The Likeness plot is weak and not very believable in my opinion. The novel is written in the first person but there is not enough happening to this character to sustain interest. The dialogue among the various characters is repetitive and, over time, this became boring.
However,I will try another of her novels, Broken Harbour, based on my positive experience with her debut novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! Sept. 11 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters and the plot are well developed and while the story is somewhat far fetched its made plausible and believable!
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