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The Likeness by Tana French
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The Likeness

by Tana French

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Series: Dublin Murder Squad (2)

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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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    Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell (amyblue)
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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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    The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Two gripping mystery stories about a police officer working undercover.
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    The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    The Distant Echo by Val McDermid (amyblue)
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    Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (Sammiwithani)
    Sammiwithani: Also about a group of elite school friends dealing with a mysterious death in their circle
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Both are solid, well-written, character-driven detective stories.
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Loved this book. ( )
  mariacfox | Jun 19, 2017 |
yeah okay i had a hunch what had happened after like the first 10%. of course i had my doubts along the way but the way it's set up, it's not hard to guess. and i have just read 'the secret history' so yeah. but it was really really enjoyable and i grew really attached to the characters. and that last chapter made me cry. i think what i loved most was the writing style, which was... descriptive without being dense and atmospheric but in a different way than other mystery books.
so yeah, i do whole-heartedly recommend this. and it appears that i might have a type when it comes to books. stranger entering insular group of friends who might or might not be hiding some things? yeah i love that. bonus points if it's mystery. idk i love books about friendship. ( )
  Banoczi_Henrietta | Jun 19, 2017 |
After Daniel discovered Lexie is actually not the "real Lexie" but an undercover police detective named Cassie he fails to tell his housemates, all of whom Cassie is investigating along with Daniel. But let's Cassie continue her investigation posing as Lexie. The story was already a stretch. At that point it crashed and burned. I've read all of French's books, only this one was a one star. ( )
  trek520 | May 25, 2017 |
The second in French’s psychological detective series is a sight better than the first. With a significantly less neurotic narrator, the story itself is allowed to star in the novel. Cassie Maddox, a secondary character in In the Woods, takes the lead in The Likeness as she copes with the aftermath of the disastrous murder case from six months prior and adjusts to her new role in the Domestic Violence department. However, the murder of a woman appearing nearly identical to Detective Maddox and carrying ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, a previous alias of hers, has Maddox drawn back into Undercover to infiltrate the dead woman’s life in search of answers. While the circumstances of this case are nearly too fantastical and preposterous to be believable, the psychological web of lies and suspicions make the novel a page-turner. Despite featuring French’s signature frustratingly fallible characters, In the Woods is a thrilling, disturbing story of hidden identities and dark discoveries. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
The truth may not be so black and white in this suspenseful mystery where Dublin detective Cassie Maddox goes undercover to solve a murder. Can she keep from falling for her own lies?
  mcmlsbookbutler | May 4, 2017 |
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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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Koen, ViktorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Neill, HeatherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Anthony, For a million reasons
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Some nights, if I'm sleeping on my own, I still dream about Whitethorn House.
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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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