Review: The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana FrenchPublisher: Penguin Books (July 17, 2008)
ebook: 494 pages
Series: Dublin Murder Squad #2
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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?


For reasons unknown to myself, as I read The Likeness, the image I built in my mind had this gorgeous vintage instagram-esque feel. There was this softness and yearning to be there as I read. But I don’t know if it was due to my own feelings or how beautifully Ms. French wrote. This is basically a great way to sum up how I felt about the book:

“I’d thought I remembered what it was like, every detail, but I’d been wrong: memories are nothing, soft as gauze against the ruthless razor-fineness of that edge, beautiful and lethal, one tiny slip and it’ll slice to the bone.” (24%)

This is the second in the Dublin Murder Squad series. This time we’re following Cassie Maddox, the partner of the protagonist of In the Woods. Post-In the Woods, it was hard to get back into the series. But the premise is to die for. (Pun totally intended.)

Before Cassie was with the Murder Squad, she was in Undercover and created Lexie with her boss, Frank. Everything about Lexie was dreamed up by the two of them. So when a dead body shows up, a ringer for Cassie in terms of looks and sporting her old identity, Lexie, it’s like fate that the case lands on her doorsteps. After the events of the first book, Cassie is having a hard time adjusting, so when Frank offers this crazy plan to solve the murder, Cassie actually considers it.

“If I went back in there the next morning I would never leave. I knew it solid as a fist in my stomach. This girl was like a dare, flung hard and deadly accurate straight at me: a once-off chance, and catch it if you can.” (17%)

I suffered an unnatural amount of anxiety as I read about Cassie undercover as Lexie. There was this certain loveliness in the place “Lexie” had found herself in. Like Cassie and Lexie, I could understand the appeal of being apart of such a group. But there was always the undercurrent of danger Cassie had placed herself in, and the worry that she’d be discovered.

However, for any fans of the genre, Ms. French does a great job lulling both the reader and the protagnist into this sort of complacency and blurring the boundaries of objectivity, while still keeping the mystery up-front and current in the reader’s mind. Overall, it was a well written mystery that kept me hooked. A recommended read for any psychological mystery fan.


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0 Replies to “Review: The Likeness by Tana French”

  1. Haven’t heard of this book before but I love the sound of the mystery and psychological aspect! Thanks for sharing, I’ll take a closer look at this series.

    1. It was a really great read. I hope you get a chance to pick it up. 🙂

  2. I enjoyed In the Woods, I didn’t realize it was the first in a series! I’ll have to check out this one :)

    1. It is! I hope you get a chance to check out the full series. 🙂

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