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The Likeness: A Novel

by Tana French

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Dublin Murder Squad (2)

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4,3032631,868 (4)604
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 woman 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--From publisher description.… (more)
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    tangentialine: Same sense of the mysterious, same sense of intense psychological speculation.
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    ijustgetbored: This book picks up Frank Mackey's story from where it left off in The Likeness.
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    The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (rbtanger)
    rbtanger: The similarities between these two books are numerous, in spite of the fact that one takes place in Ireland in the 1980s and one in the 1970s American South. If you enjoyed one, I think it highly probable you will enjoy the other.
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    Bookmarque: Similar in that it features murder and a group of young adults living together in an inherited estate in what they think is an idyll.
    Ling.Lass: Reconstructing what led to a murder among an eclectic and tight-knit group of housemates.
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    wandering_star: Two gripping mystery stories about a police officer working undercover.
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    fyrefly98: Both are solid, well-written, character-driven detective stories.
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FYI, I DNF this book at page 122. I skimmed the rest of the book and only fully read the last four chapters to see about the resolution of the story.

Please note this book will have spoilers from book #1, so read at your own risk.




So instead of me posting gifs of people running away I am just going to try to keep this short. The entire premise of this book was absurd. I could not get past it.

Cassie, the partner of Rob (who was the lead character in book #1) is back as the lead in book #2. It makes sense to showcase Cassie after the brutal breakup of the partnership between these two in book #1. Cassie transferred to Domestic Violence and is now in a relationship with Sam who is still in the Murder Squad (part of the Rob/Cass trio).

When Cassie is called to a murder site by Sam, she runs across her old boss (Frank Mackey) in undercover. They tell Cassie to cover up and be there quickly. When she is there, she finds a young woman that could be her twin that is murdered. The young woman also is using the name that Cassie used in her old undercover days, Alexandria Madison. Frank has a crazy idea though, he wants Cassie to go undercover as the dead woman and live with the dead woman's four roommates in order to flush out a murderer.



I can't. The whole plot was dumb. We then have Cassie waffling about being involved, but wanting to be involved and getting talked into via Frank. Sam the only person with any kind of damn sense sees how stupid this is. Also how did any superior sign off on this mess???

Cassie looks at some videos on the dead woman's phone so she is going to use that in order to see how to impersonate her.



Cause you know, you going to live with strangers who could be part of the reason why the woman is dead is totally a smart thing to do. I just hated this whole thing. I also hated how obsessed Cassie gets with the entire group of friends. She needs to see a therapist. Considering how she broke open the last case, I am wondering who this impostor is, she had no damn sense as far as I could tell the entire book.

Cassie is adrift and feeling anxious since the last murder case she worked. I honestly don't get what she was anxious about. Was it the breakdown of her friendship with Rob (by the way he is barely mentioned which drove me up the wall) or was it the actual case itself? I felt like I got more insight into Cassie in book #1 and she wasn't the lead character. She is mysterious in this one and I will say it, kind of a moron. Did I say that already? Well she is.

There is no character development at all in this book. I saw a couple of asides to her friendship with Rob, but not a lot. I honestly don't get what Sam was doing in this one and why he even put up with Cassie. Frank, eh, I know he is the subject of book #3, since Themis recommended that book that is the only reason why I am reading it. Only reason.

The roommates are paper thin dolls. They make absolutely no sense. Three people being told what to do by one of the roommates who makes all their decisions for them. All four of the roommates are obsessed with not sharing their pasts and fixing up an old house. I hope you like reading about how lovely Cassie finds everything.

The writing and flow of this book was nothing like book #1. I was over everyone which is why I DNF this book. Cassie becomes obsessed with the dead woman's life and thinks she knows her cause in some other life or something this could have been Cassie's world. I don't know guys, I just wanted to drink some wine and not think about this book. I just didn't have the patience for it at all.

Eventually we find out what happened to Alexandria Madison. I didn't really care, but honestly anyone who read a book had to know where this was going. I ended up just feeling disappointed in Cassie and just over her. She jumped all over Rob for not seeing what was right in front of him for book #1, and I wanted to yell pot meet kettle at her when I read the last couple of chapters. If French had ended the book with Cassie trying to reconcile with Rob months later at the conclusion of this case it would have worked better for me.

The setting was not great. Most of the action (if you can call it that) is at an old house that Cassie lives at with the roommates. They all act like this place is the best thing ever. It's an old and falling down home. That's it.

The ending was a shoulder shrug to me. We already knew where Cassie's life was heading towards since Rob dropped information on us at the end of book #1. I just rolled my eyes at Cassie acting like her investigating this dead woman's life was some great experience. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This one wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first in the series. Maybe I just read them too close to one another, but the cliches and the repetitive language kind of got to me. If I really cared, I would go back through and see how many times the phrase "stone cold" appears. It was an interesting premise, but the characters seem like flat stereotypes. In the Woods had some of this, too, and I can't tell if it's worse in this novel or if it just bothers me more because the first novel sensitized me to it.

And the ending was a cliché within a cliché. I mean, I know the absolute pinnacle of achievement for a woman is to put aside her career aspirations and get married, but not only does she get engaged, he proposes on one stinking knee. And a diamond solitaire? Please. Cliché, cliché, cliché. Sure, these things happen, but to Cassie? I just don't buy it.

There's much that's implausible in this story of changing identities. Is it really so easy in other countries to take on a new identity and get passport, driver's license, and the rest of the paper trail that follows us around all of our lives? The first time, sure, it was all there for her. But all of those other times?

I know it's fiction and it's meant to be fun, but this novel just inspired too much eye-rolling for me to really enjoy reading it. Of course I finished it, though. Got to know how the mystery gets solved (and since it's not literary fiction you know that the mystery will, in fact, be solved---and possibly over-solved---by the time you reach the back cover. At least some things in life are certain). ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jun 28, 2020 |
3.5 -- the story drug in places, but I still love her writing style. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this Irish thriller. A really engaging mix of psychology and crime solving with some lovely language and interesting meditations on friendship and community. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
The Likeness is a strong followup to Tana French's debut novel. The premise is wildly implausible--police detective Cassie Maddox becomes involved in a murder investigation when a doppelganger is found stabbed to death. She is then roped into going undercover as the dead woman to infiltrate a close-knit group of intellectuals. However, don't be put off by the ridiculous premise. Tana writes in an engrossing way that soon has the reader suspending all disbelief and racing to the end to uncover the murderer. This is one of those books that demands to be finished in one sitting.

Please note: while reading the first Dublin Murder Squad book is not necessary to understanding and enjoying The Likeness, it may help the reader to get some context of Cassie Maddox's past. ( )
  hianbai | May 28, 2020 |
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Although she overburdens the traditional police-procedural form with the weight of romance, psychological suspense, social history and mythic legend, she sets a vivid scene for her complex characters, who seem entirely capable of doing the unexpected.
 
Tolv år gamle Adam Ryan lekte i skogen sammen med de to beste vennene sine en vakker solkinnsdag.Han så dem aldri igjen.Tjue år senere er Adam, eller Rob som han kaller seg nå, etterforsker i Dublin-politiet. Kollegene kjenner ikke til bakgrunnen hans som offer for en forbrytelse. Partneren hans er Cassie Maddox. Rob og Cassie får saken da en jente blir funnet drept på et steinalter midt i en arkeologisk utgravning. Først da de kommer til åstedet skjønner Rob at dette er det samme stedet som der vennene hans forsvant den gangen for lenge siden.Og da de finner en hårspenne som han gjenkjenner som en venninnen hans hadde, melder spørsmålet seg: Er det en sammenheng mellom det som skjedde den gangen og mordet de skal etterforske nå? Rob vet at dersom han avslører sin fortid for andre enn Cassie kommer han til å bli tatt av saken; han tar en skjebnesvanger avgjørelse om å tie. Sammen med Cassie skal han oppklare mordet på Katy Devlin, og han håper at han dermed også vil løse gåten i sin egen fortid.
 

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Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID show she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective.

With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in her place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.
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