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The Likeness by Tana French Review

Title: The Likeness

Author: Tana French

First published July 17, 2008

466 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780670018864 (ISBN10: 0670018864)

Rating: 4.06


Tana French’s The Likeness takes readers back into the world of Cassie Maddox, a former detective who has left her past behind. However, when Cassie is called to a gruesome crime scene, she is taken aback by the victim’s striking resemblance to herself.

The victim’s ID reveals that she was using an alias once used by Cassie during her time as an undercover cop. As Cassie delves deeper into the investigation, she must uncover the truth behind the victim’s identity and the motive behind her murder.

The Likeness is a thrilling mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

About the Author

Tana French has penned some of the most popular books of our time. Her bestsellers include In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place, The Trespasser, and The Witch Elm.

Her writing has garnered numerous accolades, including the prestigious Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry Awards, as well as the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. When she’s not writing, Tana French resides in Dublin with her loved ones.

Editoral Review

In the world of crime novels, few authors can match the skill and elegance of Tana French. Her novel “The Likeness”, first published in 2008, is a stunning piece of writing that explores the complex themes of identity, loyalty, and betrayal.

Set against the backdrop of a charming Irish village, the novel follows the life of Detective Cassie Maddox as she goes undercover to investigate a case that hits too close to home. Tana French is a master of the crime genre, and “The Likeness” is no exception.

Her writing is both lyrical and suspenseful, weaving a tight web of intrigue that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The novel’s pacing is exceptional, with just the right mix of action and introspection to keep readers engaged.

French’s ability to create fully-realized characters is also impressive, as every character in the novel is fleshed out and given a unique voice. The plot of “The Likeness” is centered around Cassie Maddox, a detective who goes undercover to investigate a murder that seems to be connected to her past.

Maddox assumes the identity of the victim, who happens to be her doppelganger, and embeds herself within the victim’s group of friends in order to solve the case. The setting of the novel, a decaying Irish mansion, is beautifully described and adds another layer of tension to the story.

One of the strengths of “The Likeness” is its exploration of identity and the question of who we are at our core. French deftly explores the idea of assuming another person’s identity, and the toll it can take on a person’s psyche.

She also examines the power of loyalty and how it can drive a person to make difficult choices. However, the novel is not without its flaws.

The ending, while satisfying, felt rushed and somewhat contrived. Additionally, some readers may find the length of the novel to be daunting, as it clocks in at over 600 pages.

However, these minor criticisms do not detract from the overall excellence of the novel. Overall, “The Likeness” is a must-read for anyone who loves crime fiction.

Tana French is a gifted storyteller who weaves a complex tale of identity and loyalty that will keep readers engaged until the very end. The novel is a showcase of her skill, and highlights why she is one of the biggest names in the genre.

Highly recommended. In terms of score, I would give “The Likeness” a solid 4.5 out of 5.