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The Likeness

Dublin Murder Squad, Book 2
Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
Series: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (141 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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  • Dan
  • 11-10-2020

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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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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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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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
  • 24-12-2017

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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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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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.

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  • Jackie
  • 25-03-2017

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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  • Esperanza
  • 06-03-2020

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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  • Lydia
  • 23-12-2019

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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  • Tess Beck
  • 05-05-2019

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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  • Karen Fourie
  • 15-02-2019

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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  • Carmel D.
  • 04-09-2018

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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  • Ruth
  • 30-08-2018

too ling

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

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  • Mary Anne Milley
  • 03-01-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2017

Breathtaking!

Another fantastic story.. Very original characters that make you want to hear more of their story.

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  • Kate
  • 26-10-2017

Decent book

The premise of this book was very promising, but fell a bit short for me. It definitely slowed down in the middle, and wasn't as exciting as it could have been. I like my mysteries to surprise me but unfortunately this one kind of bored me. The narrator was great though!

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  • Clare Devereux
  • 21-05-2019

Bad accents

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

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  • kimstories
  • 23-07-2019

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
  • 09-05-2019

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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  • jayne23
  • 27-12-2016

Awesome

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

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  • Wras
  • 04-12-2016

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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  • McStick
  • 05-10-2020

Disappointing

An unbelievable story read in an annoying way! Such a shame as I loved Into The Woods but this is terrible, I couldn’t even finish it. The lady reading sounds like she’s reading a bedtime story, there’s no sense of character and the story itself is really stretching even my fertile imagination beyond its limits...give it a miss!

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  • Ka
  • 02-10-2020

Dragged

Gosh, it dragged on and on in the third quarter. Anticlimax in the extreme. After the unbelievable imposter bit, I found it quite dull and there was just nothing after that. Overall, unfortunately I wouldn't recommend it

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  • Catherine
  • 23-09-2020

Fabulous narration of intriguing tale

The story requires a big suspension of belief for its premise but if you can get past that then it is an intriguing tale. Perhaps a little slow in places but the narration is absolutely fantastic. Grainne Gillis captures the characters' distinctive voices brilliantly and even sings beautifully! One of the best performed audio books I've listened to.

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  • J. F. Wrin
  • 05-09-2020

A good listen but for

The story is a little far fetched, but it is fiction. Such close friends couldn't possibly take a doppelganger in, but suspend that disbelief and it is a really well written book. It had hints of A Secret History (I think) and captures the characters very well. My onky BIG and I mean MASSIVE thumbs down is the pretend phone call sound. It is a bloody pain. The volume drops, the sound is tinny and there is absolutely no advantage to it. If the narrator can't maje you understand it is a phone call, get another. This narrator was great and would have managed it, no problem.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2020

Good but conflicting

It was good but dragging, many predictable characters, not intense, intriguing connection between Lexie and Cassie