The Likeness - Dublin Murder Squad, Bk 2 Author:Tana French Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She's transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O'Neill, but she's too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young wo... more »man found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl's ID says her name is Lexie Madison -- the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective -- and she looks exactly like Cassie.
With no leads, no suspects, and no clue to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old undercover boss, Frank Mackey, spots the opportunity of a lifetime. They can say that the stab wound wasn't fatal and send Cassie undercover in her place to find out information that the police never would and to tempt the killer out of hiding. At first Cassie thinks the idea is crazy, but she is seduced by the prospect of working on a murder investigation again and by the idea of assuming the victim's identity as a graduate student with a cozy group of friends.
As she is drawn into Lexie's world, Cassie realizes that the girl's secrets run deeper than anyone imagined. Her friends are becoming suspicious, Sam has discovered a generations-old feud involving the old house the students live in, and Frank is starting to suspect that Cassie's growing emotional involvement could put the whole investigation at risk. Another gripping psychological thriller featuring the headstrong protagonist we've come to love, from an author who has proven that she can deliver.« less
'The Likeness' is the second story by Tana French to feature the character Cassie Maddox. Because of this, I suggest you read her first story 'In The Woods' before you read 'The Likeness'. You won't be lost if you don't, you'll just have a better understanding of what Cassie is going through and why she makes the decisions she makes. With that being said, I really liked this story: the character development is great, the story flows well and just like in French's first book 'In The Woods', the story itself seems very real even though the odds of the events happening are slim. I couldn't put this book down and personally liked it more than 'In The Woods'.
Better than her first "Into the Woods" in some ways. I found "Into the Woods" a bit drawn out and the ending confusing. Here, she seems to have found more of her stride and fleshes out the character of Cassie Maddox.
The second novel by Tana French concentrates on one detective, Cassie Maddox, as she finds herself going back into undercover work to find the murder of a young woman named Lexie Madison. Cassie, still scarred from her last case in the Murder Squad gets caught up in the life of Lexie: her friends, her lifestyle and why she died. As she lives Lexie's life she becomes more obsessed with young woman and will stop at nothing to find her killer.
This is a well-written, thought provoking novel in which Ms. French takes us once again through the steps of solving a complicated murder. Deliberately paced to make the reader want more, this novel makes you slow down and absorb every detail. As with real life, the author shows that the answer is never wrapped up in a single package. Critics of the her first novel "In The Woods" will be happy to note there is not the loose ends at the conclusion of this book. Answers are given-it is up to you to decide if the characters will survive and move on.
Well worth reading and keeping on your favorite bookshelf at home. 4 out of 5 stars.
I couldn't put this book down. I think I read the last 200 pages in one sitting. I've never considered myself a big mystery fan -- after my childhood obsession with Nancy Drew cooled -- but I've been reading more lately & this was definitely a worthy read. I'm looking forward to reading more by French.
Cassie, a troubled Irish cop, is called to the scene of a murder. The victim looks just like her and is carrying ID for an invented identity (Lexie) she used as an undercover officer. No one knows that she's actually dead, so Cassie goes undercover to try to find out who the woman really was and who killed her. The only part of the book that annoyed me was how long French drew out Cassie's decision to go undercover, especially considering that bit is given away on every book blurb I've read.
Interesting plot, great character development, loved the Irish setting & language (liberal use of f-bombs included), and overall writing style.