'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'.
in both this book and her other book IN THE WOODS - there was a murder, but both were unlike any other murder mystery I have read. Very different without being very wierd. I enjoyed each a lot
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.