The Likeness: A Novel (Unabridged)
New York Times bestselling author Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher, is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post) and “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker).
“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times
Now airing as a Starz series.
In the “compellingˮ (The Boston Globe) and “pitch perfectˮ (Entertainment Weekly) follow-up to Tana French’s runaway bestseller In the Woods, Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder Squad—until an urgent telephone call brings her back to an eerie crime scene.
The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie is back undercover, to find out not only who killed this young woman, but, more importantly, who she was.
The Likeness is a supremely suspenseful story exploring the nature of identity and belonging.
All the stars. All the feels. Beautiful. Brava.
I have read and enjoyed several other books by Tana French, so I was looking forward to reading/hearing this one. Spoiler Alert! All was going well until about 3/5 into the book when implausibly the author has the main character, who is an undercover police officer, reveals her true identity to another main character who is a murder suspect. The storyline derails from there and becomes increasingly unbelievable. It also disintegrated into long ridiculous conversations that were meaningless and added nothing to the storyline. Repeatedly I thought the end of the novel was very near, but the author kept extending it way past my attention span. I began to wonder if the author was being paid per word, rather than completed novel. Finally the officer is no longer working undercover and is back in her real life and the storyline should have been tying up loose threads instead of going off on tangents. There was no need to bore us with the father of the murder victim appearing and relating more information about the maladjusted life of the murder victim. We had already been informed of much of this information earlier in the novel and it shed no new light on why the victim had lived as she did. But the book was still not done. The officer has to assuage her conscience and seek out one of the fellow characters whom she deceived while working undercover. I thought that meeting was unnecessary to the plot and was just words, words. I was torn between being determined to listen until the bitter ‘end’ and being impatient for the author to just please wrap it up!
Way Too Much Dialog!
All I can do is repeat the Dec. 22nd 2013 review of the book (printed, not audio) by someone called Chirpchirpchirp since it’s pretty much how I felt: “It has the consistency of a short story that had been watered down to a novel. Three out of every five sentences should have been striked!… made reading (listening) excruciating… finished out of stubborn desire to find out how it ends.”
I did love listening to Heather O’Neill read the story which was the other reason I listened to it till the end…