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Title:La somiglianza
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The Likeness by Tana French

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    The Secret History by Donna Tartt (tangentialine, cransell, GodOfTheAnthill, danibrecher, Booksloth)
    tangentialine: Same sense of the mysterious, same sense of intense psychological speculation.
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    Faithful Place by Tana French (ijustgetbored)
    ijustgetbored: This book picks up Frank Mackey's story from where it left off in The Likeness.
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    Judas Child by Carol O'Connell (VictoriaPL)
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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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    A Darker Domain by Val McDermid (kraaivrouw)
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    A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine (Bookmarque)
    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.
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    fyrefly98: Both are solid, well-written, character-driven detective stories.

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THE LIKENESS, a Dublin Murder Squad Book 2, by Tana French, is a very suspenseful psychological thriller. It is a story of identity - do we own or control our own identities? Can others control and manipulate our personalities?
This is a very interesting title. I was very intrigued by the plot, the very lyrical writing, the characters and the sense of place.
The author, Tana French, was recommended to me and I randomly chose THE LIKENESS to read. I liked it so much that I am reading Ms. French’s first book, IN THE WOODS, a Dublin Murder Squad Book 1, presently. It promises to be equally suspenseful and compelling. ( )
  diana.hauser | Oct 14, 2016 |
I have delayed this as it looks to be a bit of a tome! Ok, but at 693 pages it was far too long and over analysed every situation. I'll give this maybe 5/10. ( )
  JW1949 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Review: The Likeness by Tana French.

I read the first book In The Woods and I enjoyed the suspense and thrill of the Ireland Detective Cassie Maddox. The Likeness makes some references to the first novel but It’s not mandatory to read it before reading this one.

Cassie at one time worked undercover as Lexie Madison, a young college student who dealt in drugs. After that stretch of trying not to get caught it almost ended her career. She then decides to try working with the Domestic Violence Squad to settle her jitters and keep her feet on the ground.

Then one day out of the blue she gets a call from her former boss to meet him at a murder scene. Murder scene, What For?? She no longer worked in the Murder Squad. She thought, “what the hell, I’ll go see”. Curiosity got the best of her.

When she got there she is shocked to find that the murder victim looked exactly like her. What really mystified her is that this young woman’s name was Lexie Madison, the undercover fictitious identity created by Cassie and her former boss Frank, four years earlier. It doesn’t take long for Frank to convince Cassie that to solve the murder, she needs to take on the undercover identity again.

Once again Cassie Maddox goes undercover as Lexie Madison who revives from the dead… But how!! She is now a post-grade student living with four other people in the Whitethorn House, a large estate inherited by one of the students, a tightly close-knit group of friends. As Lexie Madison, Cassie becomes so fascinated with her alter ego image and the life she was now living, including all the lies and secrets that she becomes unsure whether she wants to solve the murder at all or continue living Lexie’s life…..

The story was incredibly suspenseful with a well constructed plot. I enjoyed the book enough that I couldn’t, put it down. It could have been shorten up some. There was only one hitch I didn’t care for is that parts of the context was repetitive and overly dragged out as for example, two complete pages about dust bunny’s in the corner….who cares!! That wasn’t the topic but you get what I mean……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
From Amazon:

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.

My Thoughts:

I was willing to believe that Cassie had a double. I'd even believe that the police force was willing to put weeks and weeks of dedicated resources and personnel into finding the murder of one lone girl without any pressure from the victim's family or political factions. (It'd be nice if it worked that way, after all.) And I was prepared to overlook all the ways a defense lawyer could take apart a case built with the assistance of someone pretending to be the deceased. Perhaps Irish courts don't have as much of a problem with entrapment as American courts do. But once Cassie was settled in the house, the plot went too far off the tracks even for me. The idea that the Irish police force would be willing to fund a massively expensive, dangerous, and complicated undercover operation like this in order to catch one killer just doesn't bear scrutiny. That being said... I read it avidly, even while shaking my head at how crazy it all was. On some level, Tana French makes it work, and it's a testament to her wonderful writing style. I truly hope though that her next novel has a tighter and more convincing plot.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I have such mixed feelings about Tana French. I'm glued to her books when I'm reading (or listening) to them and they are well written. But . . . well on this one I had such a hard time buying several parts of the premise/ middle/ and ending. This book was so weird in its Jane Austin gone wrong plot, and I got really tired of the fighting roommates. But, I love the Irish cop element, and listening to the accents. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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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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Some nights, if I'm sleeping on my own, I still dream about Whitethorn House.
Someone else may have dealt the hand, but I picked it up off the table, I played every card, and I had my reasons.
I found out early that you can throw yourself away, missing what you've lost.
There are some social circles where manners are a sign of weakness.
I wanted to tell her that being loved is a talent too, that it takes as much guts and as much work as loving; that some people, for whatever reason, never learn the knack.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143115626, Paperback)

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 new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

The "expertly rendered, gripping new novel" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)-from the bestselling author of In the Woods and The Likeness.
Tana French's In the Woods and The Likeness captivated readers by introducing them to her unique, character-driven style and her new mystery, Broken Harbor, is eagerly anticipated. Her singular skill at creating richly drawn, complex worlds makes her novels not mere whodunits but brilliant and satisfying novels about memory, identity, loss, and what defines us as humans. With Faithful Place, the highly praised third novel about the Dublin Murder squad, French takes readers into the mind of Frank Mackey, the hotheaded mastermind of The Likeness, as he wrestles with his own past and the family, the lover, and the neighborhood he thought he'd left behind for good.

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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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