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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (30,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tana French Narrator: Heather O’Neill Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dublin Murder Squad Series Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781436183659
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With her debut, In the Woods, author Tana friends stunned critics and readers alike, and the thrills continue with this disturbing tale of shifting identities. The unique, character-rich style of her narrative make her mystery stories far more than simple whodunits, but rather brilliant and satisfying stories about the very nature of memory, identity, and how the loss of these defines us as humans.

Picking up six months after the ending scenes of In the Woods, this astonishing sequel The Likeness finds Detective Casie Maddox still shaken from her last murder case. Indeed, when she gets a call from her boyfriend to a new murder scene, Cassie is forced to look her inner demons straight in the eye.

Yet the case she is dealing with now is even more sinister and enigmatic than the first: the victim looks exactly like Cassie and is found with an ID bearing the name Alexandra Madison, one of Cassie's former aliases. Who killed this young lady, and more importantly, who is she, really? Find out, in this brilliant sequel, The Likeness.

Tana French was born in the United States in 1973, but was raised in Ireland, Italy, the U.S., and Malawi. Her father, a resource management economist for developing nations, moved the family often, and exposed his children to many diverse cultures. French studied acting at Trinity College in Dublin. French has citizenship in the US, Italy, and Ireland. A novelist and a theatrical actress, French made her debut as a writer with the psychological mystery In the Woods, which won best first novel in the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards. She is married and has a daughter and works in theatre, film, and voiceover, while continuing to write.

Tana French’s debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times bestseller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning…French cleverly subverts the conventions of the locked-room mystery, racheting up the tension at every turn with her multidimensional characters. Readers looking for a new name in psychological suspense need look no further than this powerful new Irish voice.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Spooky…Ms. French resists genres conventions defiantly.”

    New York Times

  • “Imagine The Parent Trap meets The Departed…It’s an ambitious concept that would be wholly unbelievable in the hands of a less capable writer.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “One of the best writers of intelligent, atmospheric, and genuinely scary psychological thrillers around.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “French has written another winner…The Likeness has everything: memorable characters, crisp dialogue, shrewd psychological insight, mounting tension, a palpable sense of place, and wonderfully evocative, painterly prose.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “French creates remarkably complex characters while gradually unpeeling the layers of her story in this rich and insightful psychological thriller. A stunner.”

    Library Journal

  • “Police procedures, psychological thrills, and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Hoffman | 2/11/2014

    " thought the story intriguing. The author was very influenced by her Irish upbringing. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in mysteries and psychological thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Fitzgerald | 2/8/2014

    " Tana French's novels, based in London are great page turners, with recurring detective characters. This was my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nishant | 1/28/2014

    " So outlandish that it just didn't work for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne LaVenture | 1/16/2014

    " Tana French is my new favorite author. I've now read her first three novels (completely out of order) and am really looking forward to her fourth, which is coming out at the end of the month. She is a truly unique author, able to take somewhat unrealistic plotlines and infuse them with amazing authenticity. It's almost a new genre - Irish magic realism - unbelievable plots made so real you're left thinking that what happened is part of your own personal memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Meyer | 1/4/2014

    " When I found out Rob wasn't involved in the plot, I was hesitant. As it turns out, I liked this book much more than I thought I would. I really came to like Cassie in this book, whereas, I wasn't too fond of her in the first. I'd really like to see a storyline from Sam's perspective...I'll keep my hopes up for that one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/2/2014

    " Tana French once again pulled me into the world she created and held me captive. I had to remind myself periodically that the anxiety and tension I felt was based on fictitious people, relationships and events. I love it when a book can do that to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/1/2014

    " Fantastic...so much Bette than the first one. Fans of the secret history will really enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/29/2013

    " The second in Tana French's Murder Squad series, this crime thriller delves into themes of self-discovery, identity and family all cloaked in a mantle of academia. Incredibly fun read, I did think the pacing was a little slow in spots, a little fast in others, but perhaps that life-likeness is part of what makes it so visceral and gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2013

    " One of my favorite thrillers- Tana French is awesome! However, I have found that I only enjoyed "into the woods" and "the likeness". She has since then written more books but I have found them slow and not as entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy J | 12/22/2013

    " Brought to mind The Secret History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/13/2013

    " Great on Audible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie Taylor | 12/12/2013

    " Not as good as In the Woods, but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Oneil | 4/15/2013

    " Awesome read.. Love everything Tanya French writes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzi | 12/16/2012

    " This book was just as amazing the 2nd time. Everyone should read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/15/2012

    " I really liked this book. An interesting concept and turn of events for the main character. Becoming a totally different person so you can solve a case. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janell | 10/13/2012

    " French received the Edgar Award for In the Woods, but The Likeness and Faithful Place blow ITW out of the water! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/29/2012

    " I don't know? I couldn't put it down, but it was way to draggy, especially the ending, and it left me in such a bad mood. The Irish dialog was excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K likes Tea | 6/3/2012

    " I don't often read modern day crime stories, but I really enjoyed this book. The plot reads like a gothic novel: mysterious lady, ominous house, suspensful mystery. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 5/9/2012

    " I love that this book has a different plot than most "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 3/6/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. The character development was very interesting with a plot that keeps you guessing until close to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ranhcm | 12/22/2011

    " I couldn't put this down. The characters really pull you in and hang onto you. As with Tana French's other books, I couldn't stop thinking about all of the characters for days. Definitely worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 9/19/2011

    " After a very slow start this book got more interesting, though was a bit wordy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reata | 7/2/2011

    " This is the 3rd Tana French book I've read. All of them are beautifully written and spellbinding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 5/27/2011

    " So much of this book was just great - the characters and their relationships were amazingly well drawn. The murder mystery was engrossing but I just could not quite suspend my disbelief about the premise that Cassie was a carbon copy of the victim - similar, yes, but identical, no. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 5/23/2011

    " Not as good as her first, but dang that first was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/17/2011

    " I would love to be able to give this one 4.5 stars as this is definitely my favorite of hers so far... Unfortunately that is not a possibility! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 5/17/2011

    " Loved this book! Pretty original idea, and it was a really fun read. I hated putting it down. I would reccommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Well, another book that she knocks out of the park. Usually this genre is a guilty pleasure but the author really displays a knack for controlled storytelling that goes beyond the whodunit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessilyn | 5/13/2011

    " Loved it! couldn't put it down. Much better than her first book, In The Woods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 5/10/2011

    " This was a solid 3-star story for me. IMO, much better than French's first book, In the Woods, though I still prefer Faithful Place overall. A great vacation read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/10/2011

    " Atmospheric, strong sense of place, psychological detective story set around Dublin, Ireland. When the cop (Cassie Maddox) goes undercover, she almost loses herself in her new identity. Very complex and great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 5/7/2011

    " Great sequel as Cassie goes back undercover to investigate the murder of a woman who closely resembles her. The premise is interesting although the taking on of someone else's personality is doubtable. Love the characters and am headed toward Book 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/4/2011

    " I was disappointed when I realized I wouldn't get an answer to the mystery of the first book (In the Woods), but I loved it, anyway. I got as caught up in this group of people and the house as Casey did and it was hard to let go at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/4/2011

    " The only negative I have about this book is that the "likeness" was a bit implausible. I just got over it because I really liked In the Woods by this writer, but if something like that would annoy you, it will annoy you throughout the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 5/4/2011

    " Almost as good as In the Wood, although would have benefited by some cutting. Now I have French figured. She takes a major character from the current book and makes him/her the central figure of her next book. Interesting approach "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinndave | 5/2/2011

    " Very unique story. kind of hard to believe the story line could acually happen, but still keeps you interested till the last page.
    "

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About the Author
Author Tana French

Tana French is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, and The Secret Place. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

About the Narrator

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.