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The haunting follow up to the Edgar Award-winning debut In the Woods

Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction. And look for French's other mysteries In the Woods, Faithful PlaceBroken Harbor, and The Secret Place for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Tana French's newest novel, The Secret Place, will be published by Viking on September 2nd, 2014.
Published: Penguin Group on Jul 17, 2008
ISBN: 9781440637537
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Cassie Maddox was reassigned to domestic violence from homicide after a particularly bad case. When the victim of a crime resembles Cassie and is using her undercover name, Lexie Madison, her old boss wants her to go undercover to try to get to the root of the crime. She joins a group of the victim's friends in a large house being remodeled, pretending to be Lexie. This one will keep you turning pages to see if Cassie will be found out. There were two places in the novel where the discussion between the characters turned to the topic of family history. I found those pages to be very interesting. In fact, there was one quote in such a section that I particularly enjoyed. "William was--well, not a black sheep, exactly; more like a skeleton in the cupboard." (p. 149) There is some mild profanity scattered throughout the novel, a bit heavier in some places than in others. All in all this is an enjoyable installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series.read more
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For such an absurd premise, this book is so well-written that you very willingly suspend your disbelief to follow it through to the end. I listened to the audio up to the last 150 pages, and then switched to the book because I was becoming impatient with the amount of time it was taking up. However, I loved the audio production, and it was nice to still have all of the great Irish accents knocking around in my head as I finished reading it.read more
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Although I really enjoyed "In the Woods," I thought that "The Likeness" was a better novel. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to Cassie as she got deeper and deeper into her unusual undercover assignment. I was still guessing right up until the end, which is a real plus for a murder mystery.read more
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Cassie Maddox was reassigned to domestic violence from homicide after a particularly bad case. When the victim of a crime resembles Cassie and is using her undercover name, Lexie Madison, her old boss wants her to go undercover to try to get to the root of the crime. She joins a group of the victim's friends in a large house being remodeled, pretending to be Lexie. This one will keep you turning pages to see if Cassie will be found out. There were two places in the novel where the discussion between the characters turned to the topic of family history. I found those pages to be very interesting. In fact, there was one quote in such a section that I particularly enjoyed. "William was--well, not a black sheep, exactly; more like a skeleton in the cupboard." (p. 149) There is some mild profanity scattered throughout the novel, a bit heavier in some places than in others. All in all this is an enjoyable installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series.
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For such an absurd premise, this book is so well-written that you very willingly suspend your disbelief to follow it through to the end. I listened to the audio up to the last 150 pages, and then switched to the book because I was becoming impatient with the amount of time it was taking up. However, I loved the audio production, and it was nice to still have all of the great Irish accents knocking around in my head as I finished reading it.
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Although I really enjoyed "In the Woods," I thought that "The Likeness" was a better novel. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to Cassie as she got deeper and deeper into her unusual undercover assignment. I was still guessing right up until the end, which is a real plus for a murder mystery.
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Please, Ms. French, find an editor who will tell you to slash your writing by about 10%--and then do it. I enjoyed this novel, but when I was finished, I put it down saying, "Thank goodness I finally finished that book." That's not the sign of a good read. I like her characters. They have depth and seem like real people, although sometimes her men tear up and weep a bit too much for my taste. And if I'm being honest, I think I got as tired of the five housemates as they did of each other. French had a good storyline in this second book, better than in the first one, and all was resolved, which wasn't the case in book one--and I think if an author is writing in the mystery genre, then it's a more satisfying book for the reader if the storyline is resolved. My problem with the book wasn't the stretch of imagination it took to go along with her "likeness" plot premise. I was OK with that--this is a novel and not real life, and I can give an author some leeway. What drove me crazy was that her scenes went on too long. I was always ready for her to move the story along before she was. She seems just a little bit too in love with her own good prose. I'll probably read the third book (coming out in July), but I'll wait for the paperback just to give myself a break.
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In the second book of Tana French's acclaimed Irish mystery series, detective Cassie Maddox is confronted with a corpse who looks exactly like her, and who bears the identity of Cassie's old undercover alias, Lexie Madison. Cassie's old undercover boss Frank Mackey decides that the best investigative course is to send Cassie under cover as Lexi Madison again, faking the victim's survival and having Cassie infiltrate the country household where the victim lived. You'll say this premise sounds contrived. I say shut up. Of course it's contrived, but it doesn't matter.The storyline is involving. The setting, atmosphere and dialogue is suitably Celtic–noir. Centuries-old Anglo-Irish resentments play a role in the story, as does the overheated Dublin economy of the early 2000s. What's most interesting about the book is the relationship among Lexie's four housemates. They are sensitive, intellectual, oddball graduate students who have created their own extremely close-knit family and who appear to have no blood family ties and no friends other than each other. It's very reminiscent of "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt, and would probably appeal to readers who enjoyed that book. The reader becomes as attached to this strange group as Cassie does, while always aware that one or more of these attractive people might be a killer.
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Cassie Maddox is a police detective who is called to a crime scene where she is literally a dead ringer (sorry) for a murdered graduate student , Lexy Madison, who is found in an abandoned house in the Irish countryside. Lexy's four roomates/friends live together in an old mansion near the crime scene and Cassie goes undercover as Lexy to try to find the killer. What Cassie didn't count on was how much she would enjoy living with the others and stepping in to Lexy's life. As she gets closer to finding the killer, Cassie struggles with her objectivity as she finds she enjoys this newfound closeness with this family of grad student friends. This book was suspenseful and fast paced and a continuation of Tana French's first book, In the Woods. I wish I had read that one first as her experiences in the first novel were frequently referenced. However, this book was also good as a stand-alone novel. I had a difficult time putting it down and thought (and dreamt) about the characters!
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