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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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