• The Likeness

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 2
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for the major new BBC drama series Dublin Murders.

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. 

©2008 Tana French (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Good Story. Wo Sind De Anderen Bücher?

What did you love best about The Likeness?

Didn't enjoy it as much as In The Woods but it's engrossing and exciting. This one required the listener to suspend disbelief a little further.

Any additional comments?

Since it's part of a series, I'd like to hear them all. It drives me nuts that Audible only has some of the series and not the whole thing. Not even in order either. Unless you're prepared to learn German, good luck ever moving on to book 3. Or 4. If you don't care about continuity though you can listen to book 5.

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Cops with morals

The first few pages of the book had hooked and I wanted to find out who this "Lexi Madison" person was. Unfortunately, this excitement and interest in the mystery evaporated as the head of an undercover branch for the Irish police came up with a wild, cruel idea. Since this happens very close to the book it's not really a spoiler. Two of the three police are of the "ends justify the means" type.

In the end they ruin four people's lives and don't get more then a smack to the fingers and a wink while being told not to do such things again. This turned me off.

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Story gets better at the 2nd half

I took me a while to get into the story. Only half a way of the book the story trapped me and I got into the whole murder and the investigation. Happy I didn't give up. Cassie still an interesting character and I will give a chance to the third part. Performance: confusing initially, really like after few hours.

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Fantastic!

The story was great - interesting, intriguing, suspenseful, with a good peppering of humour throughout. Cassie was a fantastic main character and French really makes details and atmospheres come alive. She uses vivid imagery, e dialogue sounds natural, and I was spellbound.

Grainne Gillis is one of my favourite narrators so far (I’ve listened to over 150 of these). Her accents are great, the voices of the different characters are distinct, and easily distinguishable. Her reading matches the words and atmosphere completely - it’s impeccable. I’m going to look for other books she’s performed.

It’s not necessary to read the book that came before this, but it does give some interesting context to Cassie, especially at the beginning of this novel.

I highly recommend this book - Enjoy!

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Mediocre performance. Above average writing. Story lacks credibility.

Although I like Tana French's poetic writing style, I struggle with the extraneous detail and sentimentality. This is my second, and last book of hers I'll read/listen to. (I did both)

Performance was mediocre at best. Terrible singing, terrible high pitch voices. Poor accents. Didn't make we want more.

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The Likeness

This narrator’s fake accent is so irritating I only managed the first chapter - I’d rather go and buy the actual book - the plot sounds interesting but that accent?!?

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If you're looking for gold, this is it!!@

This is a wonderful story that peers into the hearts and relationships of 4 lost souls and a young policewoman trying to regain her soul.
The narration had just the right touch.

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too ling

the author didnt know how to finish the book.... the last few chapters are futile and tiring

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Not as good as Book 1

After listening to Book 1, I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series but was disappointed. First, it was a different narrator, with a completely different accent, which made it very hard to connect with the Cassie in the second book. She sounded completely different and it felt like it was a different character.
Second, the character of Cassie was not consistent with her personality established in the first book. Third, there was little continuity between the two books. Finally, the story bogged down in the middle and the "detective" aspect of the series seemed to be forgotten. It seemed to take forever to get back to the original premise. I did finish the book, but it was a difficult slog. I would be hesitant to read book 3.

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Wtf did I just read??

I liked in the woods and Cassie was my favorite character, so I was excited to see what this novel would bring. Someone wrote somewhere that Tana French doesn’t write bad novels... I DISAGREE. This book was TERRIBLE. I was expecting a detective novel, but all I got was 22 dull hours of excruciating dialogue between boring unrealistic characters who were pretentious and had NOTHING to say. This story could have been told in about 2 hours. It was much ado about nothing.
And can we take a moment to be baffled about the fact of how many man hours were put in an under cover operation for the murder of a single Jane Doe??? Why??? Why put anyone under cover?? There wasn’t a criminal organization, just a bunch of messed up people acting like over privileged teenagers who made Jack all of their lives. The characters were so vapid. I’d compare their friendship to a cult, but that would have been more interesting. This was just so dull. They were so tight, and yet they seemed to hate each other, and they couldn’t even figure out that one amongst them was an under cover cop. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying that someone can flawlessly mimic someone they have never met before for several weeks under the scrutiny of people who knew her better than anyone.
And what about Cassie? Who started off so honest and then suddenly started lying to everyone for NO GOOD REASON. Wtf was that all about. And het bizarre obsession with Lexie and the house? It felt so out of character. Nothing about this novel makes sense. I am gutted I already bought the next two books. I don’t know if I ever want to read any Tana French again. This was bordering on Twilight territory for me. It was just so nonsensical.

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  • Wras
  • 12-04-16

I sewed us together at the edges with my own hands


I rate this as one of Tana French’s best books, it can stand on its own because of mood and setup.

It is a better book than The Secret History by Donna Tartt and that was a good book, they share some of the setting, mood and some of the social concerns, but the Likeness comes on top because it is less laden with angst and more dynamic. Beautifully written with great characters that jump off the page and a small town that is like every small town, full of secret, full of perceived history and real history.

One of the things that impressed me most was that it felt like it all was happening suspended from shared time in its own universe, without losing credibility. The pace is perfect and the psychological pressure on Detective Cassie Maddox is presented with realism and feeling for her and her likeness.

If you like Tana French this is not a difficult decision, she always delivers more than a thriller, deeper than just a message book or a formula; this is real writing for our times.


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  • Clare Devereux
  • 05-21-19

Bad accents

This was ok, but the english and Australian accents were so bad they were off putting.

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  • jayne23
  • 12-27-16

Awesome

Could not put this audio book down. Fantastic narration and excellent characters. Can't wait for number three.

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  • Joanna
  • 12-22-16

Another brilliant Tara French

Reminded me a bit of Donna Tart's Secret History; but a bit more sophisticated and not as implausible. Bit implausible though......
However, a good yarn; beautifully narrated as ever in a soft Dublin lilt.
Enjoy

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  • Kate Murphy
  • 12-22-16

Narration Awful

The poor narration ruined this story, making it even more long and ponderous. The Belfast accent was particularly bad. The narrrator makes or breaks the story , and she managed to break this on . Story pretty mediocre. Very disappointing.

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  • kimstories
  • 07-23-19

This is more than a murder and an investigation

Despite the very unlikely premise of this book I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I like the way French mixes fast pasted, exciting writing with slower, more measured literary writing. Between blood and guts you get some of what makes the characters tick, right down to their politics.
In this book, for example, the house is essentially a character and its importance to so many people is dealt with; time is spent on it so that as the reader we understand the multi-dimensional complexity of the situation. We have all the perspectives: historical, social, economic. political and personal.
I think this adds a richness to the story, a roundness I am thoroughly enjoying.

This is more than just a murder and an investigation - it is a submergence in the universe of the book.

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  • Claire Brogan
  • 05-09-19

Best of Tana French’s books I’ve read/listened to.

Really great story. Reader excellent. Twists and never dragging etc. best of the 3 books I’ve read. Other great too but this extra something.

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 01-07-17

Wonderful writing and narration

Tana French is a fabulous writer and this book was one of her best in my opinion. I accept that there are areas which test credulity but I forgive that for the marvellous characterisation and beautifully crafted writing. I disagree fervently with the reviewer who disliked the narration. I thought Grainne Gillis did a great job. Each character was easily distinguished from another and while her Australian accent (used for only a short section at the end) left a lot to be desired, all the rest seemed pretty spot on to me. I cannot imagine how talented you have to be to achieve what she did in this very long book and all credit is due to her I think.

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  • laatkins
  • 01-01-17

not one of my favourites , worth a listen though.

felt the story could have been a lot better and a tad more believable, liked the twists and felt the characters were an intriguing lot.

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  • Clara Hannon
  • 06-09-22

Unable to listen to narration

Unfortunately did not enjoy the narration and stopped listening after 3.5 hours. Tried to get into it but just couldn’t. Unfortunate as I enjoy Tana French novels.

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  • Dan
  • 10-11-20

Not the strongest in the series

There's way too much coincidence and things that just happen to work out perfectly. The idea that someone could watch some tapes over a weekend and then whip out a perfect impersonation of someone so accurate that their closest friends and roommates wouldn't notice a difference is implausible at best. If you can get past that it's a decent story, but there's plenty of other moments that just perfectly work how the main character needs them to. The actresses performance was absolutely grating. She put on this awful screechy voice for the main character imitating the dead girl, which is like 90% of the novel, and it was truly painful. Also I find it truly surprising that an Irish voice actor seems to have never heard a British person before, and I think we're all thankful that the Australian character was only featured for a few minutes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-19

A bit hard to believe

I found it hard to buy into her whole integration into the house and friendships. But too unrealistic for me

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  • ELIZABETH
  • 09-10-19

Cut!

Tana French is a consummate storyteller and her dialogue-driven plots are a joy to follow. However, I think she has over-reached with this one. As a whodunnit the book is implausible but absorbing. But she strives to include a host of other ideas: how undercover detectives can go native, how people can knowingly or unwittingly manipulate others for their own ends, how misfits can be drawn into an appealing but ultimately poisonous environment, how a house can become a security blanket, how a traumatic event in someone's childhood can damage them for life, and, no doubt other themes I missed. The book started to outstay its welcome about three quarters of the way through. Still, French is a famous author so what do I know? Perhaps that was the attitude of the editor who really should have administered a surgical knife. Big Bouquet to Grainne Gillis for distinguishing all those different characters and accents (although the Australian one was a little iffy).

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  • Jennifer R.
  • 06-07-19

I can’t finish this book

Way too many inconsistencies in this book and frustrating procedural lapses. I just can’t take it seriously.

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  • Ms
  • 12-24-17

Will keep listening to the series

Loved the story but I thought the narrator didn't do English accent convincingly - too stilted. There were a lot of characters which also made it difficult for narrator to have a recogisable voice for each.

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  • jane
  • 10-13-17

conflicted

the most implausible of French's books but her writing is sublime enough for me to hang in there. The narrator was wonderful.

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  • Mimosa
  • 09-29-17

The very best Audible book I've listened to yet

This is by far the best book I have listened to on Audible in a year. Great story - intriguing. Well read - apart from the awful Australian accent for one of the characters! I really enjoyed it.