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The Likeness

Tana French

26 Reviews

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Dublin Murder Squad, Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

Tana French's follow-up to her stunning accomplished debut, IN THE WOODS, with an equally compelling psychological mystery that confirms her place as one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

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 shows 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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Praise for The Likeness

  • French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal - Daily Mirror

  • An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller. - Woman and Home

  • Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive, this is a true literary detective novel rather than a whodunnit - Irish Mail on Sunday

  • An eerie thriller, perfect for holidays - Sunday World

  • Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" . . . THE LIKENESS by Tana French, seduces from the start . . . A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller - Time Out

  • Skilfully written . . . French has a brilliant ear for dialogue . . . in the best tradition of classic crime writers, such as P D James and Ruth Rendell, her characters are fully-rounded people and she is able to layer plots and storylines with a mastery that belies the fact that it is only her second book. - Sunday Independent, Dublin

  • French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal - Daily Mirror

  • An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller. - Woman and Home

  • The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel . . . French has a brilliant ear for dialogue . . . Also in the best tradition of classic crime writers, such as P D James and Ruth Rendell, her characters are fully-rounded people and she is able to layer plots and storylines with a mastery that belies the fact that it is only her second book. - Anne Marie Scanlon, Sunday Independent, Dublin

  • riveting... hugely satisfying - Irish Independent

  • paints a vivid, gritty picture - Psychologies

  • Praise for IN THE WOODS - 0

  • Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and undercover police procedural, THE LIKENESS by Tana French, seduces from the start... A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller - Time Out

  • Claustrophobic, conversational, clever and beautifully written - Literary Review

  • Claustrophobic, conversational, clever and beautifully written - Literary Review

  • Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and undercover police procedural, The Likeness seduces from the start . . . A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller - Time Out

  • A literary crime stonker. - Lottie Moggach, thelondonpaper

  • Lyrical and haunting - Scotland on Sunday on IN THE WOODS

  • 'French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal'**** - Daily Mirror

  • Creepy stuff - Independent

  • Paints a vivid, gritty picture - Psychologies

  • "Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story'' - Kirkus

  • Tana French's IN THE WOODS is a terrific debut . . . French's psychological insights into the damaged policeman's torment combine grippingly with the clammy atmosphere that surrounds the lethal woods. As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks. - Marcel Berlins, The Times on IN THE WOODS

  • Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story - Kirkus

  • lush, intense and gorgeous - Reviewing the Evidence website

  • Begin reading this and you won't want to stop - Choice

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Tana French

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel), The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller) and The Secret Place. She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She keeps a website at www.tanafrench.com