The Likeness

The Likeness

Paperback - 2009
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Traumatized detective Cassie Maddox struggles in her career and relationship with Sam O'Neill while investigating the unsettling murder of a young woman whose name matches an alias Cassie had used as an undercover officer.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780143115625
Branch Call Number: FRENCH T
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 22, 2018

The foundation of the plot is preposterous: that an undercover policewoman with a stunning likeness to the victim can successfully pass herself off as the missing, “not dead yet" friend among four extremely close, highly intelligent, neurotic housemates. If you can see your way past incredulity, then enjoy the story. French is a master of smart psychological whodunits and introspection. She delves deep into the psyches of Cassie, who begins to like the life of her undercover character, and of her grad student roomies, who are socially maladjusted and isolated by community hostility. They are a cult of five people with a leader whose unrealistic vision for a close, claustrophobic existence among friends is shattered by betrayal.

Jun 06, 2017

Handler, undercover Frank Mackey, creates an UC that is stolen and then murdered and no one, including you reader, thinks the real UC can get away with going back to the house alive. So the whole book is how does she catch and be caught. Forget that the author pulled you into her hoax, and don't put the book down. Isn't every novelist UC? Best early Tana French is a beat gen take on Agatha Christie's classic manor wrapped in David Mitchell's prose.

Nov 29, 2016

Totally fabulous mystery novel, and a great mystery writer. I am a genuine devotee!

Feb 14, 2016

Writing in first person, along with French’s skill with words, makes this second book about Irish Detective Cassie Maddox powerful reading. Of course, as with many good detective novels, you have to “go with the flow” which means you might have to not question how an undercover agent could so easily infiltrate the home of a look-alike who was murdered. And that’s okay. Another reviewer wrote about plot not being the center of all great reading, and that reviewer is right.

adasilva7 Nov 24, 2015

This was my favourite book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. Compelling, suspenseful and an overall great read!

Aug 07, 2015

Fantastic writing and character development.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Nov 26, 2014

Loved the premise for the book once I got over how improbable it was. It was fascinating to see Cassie immerse herself in another woman's life. I liked this better than In the Woods and am very excited to read the rest of the series!

Sep 11, 2014

#2 in series

Feb 21, 2014

I just don't get the rave reviews for this author. I found both In the Woods and this book slow and pretty boring. I will say there is very good character development which is often missing in mysteries/thrillers. But though her books have promising premises, they just don't deliver.

Jan 23, 2014

I really liked the story in this book. But I got to the final show down scene and thought, "Oh, I've read this before." Which is really funny because I didn't think that about the rest of the book - but maybe I have. This is the second book I've read by Tana French, and I totally forgive her for the identity of the culprit in the other one. I was put off by the many uses of the 'f' word and other 'cursing' expressions. Additionally, I got really tired of one of the names of God being used as a curse. I found the language to be most inappropriate coming from characters in 'professional' positions. Also, the issue with the language is not confined to individual characters or specific situations, but is pervasive throughout the novel. [Though I understand that some people probably do talk like that, many other people don't - so she's not just 'being real'.] Other than that though, I liked it and wish that someone would write just like her, but with less cursing.

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Dec 14, 2011

What Daniel didn't know, or didn't mention, is what I said right at the beginning: the price is a wildfire shape-changing thing, and you're not always the one who chooses, you're not always allowed to know in advance, what it's going to be.


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