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The Likeness
The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
The haunting follow up to the Edgar Award-winning debut In the WoodsTana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. 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? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction. And look for French's other mysteries In the Woods, Faithful Place,Broken Harbor,andThe Secret Place for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.Tana French's newest novel,The Secret Place, will be published by Viking on September 2nd, 2014.
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ReadingOver50
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The second book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. This book had a totally different feel for me than the first one. This one delves into the world of undercover officers, as Cassie assumes the identity of Lexie Madison, her look-a-like murder victim. I liked how Cassie began blurring the lines between herself and Lexie. I liked the atmosphere in the house the roommates owned. It provided an intriguing look at the insular life they led.

EvieBee I‘ve hesitated to read this series because my friends‘ favorites were always on into the series and not the first. Do I have to read in order? 2w
Ruthiella @EvieBee You don‘t have to read them in order. There is always one character from the previous book who becomes the main character in the next but plot-wise each book stands alone. 2w
FlowerFairy I loved this book so much! Will definitely be a reread in the future. 2w
Susanita This is my favorite of the series. 2w
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Susanita
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📗Fear No Evil
🖊Tana French
📽Fantastic Mr. Fox
🎤Foreigner
🎶Fix You (Coldplay)
#manicmonday
#letterF

CBee Love that song ♥️♥️ 3w
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ReadingOver50
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Currently reading The Likeness. Next up Blindsighted. August was a slow reading month but I‘m hoping to get back in the groove with the upcoming 3 day weekend!

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LauraJ
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It‘s a bit wordy at times and the premise is a bit hard to buy, but I liked it enough to read The Witch Elm next.

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LauraJ
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About to start this one…as soon as I can get this sassy girl to move. Haven‘t read French before, but I pulled out five other books and wasn‘t in the mood for any of them.

Libby1 😻 1mo
Leftcoastzen So adorable! 1mo
ju.ca.no Cutieeee😍 1mo
squirrelbrain 😻 1mo
Scochrane26 ❤️ 😻 1mo
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Allietaylor16
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This was my #bookhaul from a library sale a few weeks ago! I also got my husband, the philosophy professor, a super fun and nerdy coloring book 😆

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bookandbedandtea
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First, this book was too long & takes forever to come to the point. However, I LOVED the Fabulous Four & wanted to live w them in intellectual splendor. The central problem of Cassie's old undercover identity popping up in a real (dead) person was interesting & creative. I loved seeing Frank in this as I had just read his story and it was good to see him purely through professional eyes. Bottom line: I really enjoyed the ride but the resolution ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ while clearly inevitable, made me sad. 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! She definitely goes on a bit. I liked this one .. the journey, as you say ! Perfect picture. 6mo
bookandbedandtea @Cathythoughts Thank you! Her books are long but I've enjoyed all but one, so far, so she knows what she's doing! 6mo
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AVChrista
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Diving in! I know that this is the second book in a series and I haven‘t read the first book and that‘s okay! In fact, it will be a true testament to a great story if I like it so much that I want to read the first book.

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DHill
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One of my favorite series. Just one more left of the Dublin Murder Squad. I watched this on Starz, as well and really enjoyed it-very true to the book.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ve only read two other Tana French books, and was blown away by her character development and atmospheric settings. The writing is quite good here, too, if long-winded, BUT this story is dumb. Completely unbelievable and rather anticlimactic. Will it deter me from reading #DublinMurderSquad book 3? Absolutely not. I believe this is just a weak link in an otherwise sturdy chain.

jlhammar This wasn't my favorite either. I liked book 3 more and book 4 most of all. Hope those will be more to your liking! The Dublin Murders tv series did a pretty good job with it though. Combines books 1 & 2. Worth a watch. 8mo
britt_brooke @jlhammar I liked the first book a lot and definitely plan to read the others, so I‘m happy to hear they‘re strong - thank you! I‘ll have to check out the show sometime, too. 8mo
Cinfhen I read the first book and was not a fan. More Me than anything else 🤷🏼‍♀️ 8mo
Ruthiella The implausibility of the story was an issue for me too and the mystery could have been solved with, dare I say it, police work? 😂 Instead of theatrics. But I did like Cassie as a character. 8mo
britt_brooke @Ruthiella Right?! 😂 I really do like Cassie, too. 8mo
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Hazel2019
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tana French does such a great job using the concept of family - blood relatives or chosen. I‘ve seen this in a number of her books and it always leaves me longing for that close connection. But unfortunately, it doesn‘t take long for cracks to start showing.

I truly loved this one and left me broken hearted.

Highly recommended although it is long and a slow burn. Be ready.

tokorowilliamwallace Two elements of a novel (especially a mystery or thriller) that I like: lengthy/thick and slow-burn, heavily contextual set up. I would have to know more about its literary elements and themes, and maybe more about this slow-burn development before deciding to pick it up. It (or one of the volumes of the series) is available to purchase to support the Friends of the Library, though. 4mo
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vivastory
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1) Cassie Maddox from the tagged.
2) Bill, the father in Sarah Moss's Ghost Wall.
3) A flexible schedule & books!
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

jlhammar The father in Ghost Wall is the worst! 8mo
Eggs Thanks for playing ❄️👏🏻👍🏼 8mo
Branwen Ugh, I hated that father! 😣 8mo
JuniperWilde The father was horrible - so distrusting. And the character was so well written. 8mo
JuniperWilde * disturbing not distrusting 🙄 8mo
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BethHagey
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Coleen
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The premise is a bit farfetched, but still an intriguing and atmospheric crime novel. I missed the character of Rob from book #1, but this was still a good read.

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FlowerFairy
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Really enjoyed the second installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series. The characters were well rounded and the mystery compelling. I wanted to know who dunnit but, at the same time, didn‘t want the story to end as I wanted to spend more time with the characters.

Leftcoastzen Awesome bookends! 11mo
mariaku21 Amazing bookends! 11mo
Chrissyreadit Where did you get your bookends? 9mo
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Marmie7
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Today's prompt #Thriller One of my favorite thriller authors. #LittensDressedinBlood @MidnightBookGirl

MidnightBookGirl I have her on my TBR! 12mo
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sandyinDE
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This was my first Tana French book. It was slow start but by the end, I was anxious for more.

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Jennaree3
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Soooo verbose. Page 357 and I cannot fathom about what is this author going to ramble for another 70 pages. Dud

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I finally finished The Likeness by Tana French, and I LOVED it. I cannot wait to read more of her books. I give this book five stars!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

BookDragonNotWorm All of her Dublin Murder Squad books are SO good!!! Happy reading! 2y
BooksCoffeeNurse @BookDragonNotWorm Thank you! I‘ve loved them thus far. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
ICantImReading I love Tana French so much - the third one in the series might be my favorite! (If you‘re reading them in order and reading that one next!) 😃 2y
BooksCoffeeNurse @ICantImReading Yes! I‘m reading them in order. I loved The Likeness, better than the first book. I can‘t wait to read the next one. ☺️ 2y
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Ksvz
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Jan 2021 - watched before I read - deeper than what was blended into the series. Interesting and dark.

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Centique
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I loved this book - 2nd in the Dublin Mystery series by Tana French. Now important proviso - I don‘t read thrillers because I don‘t like a fast paced, adrenaline filled read - so these are slowly evolving character study types of mysteries - with lots of ambience. Might be a bit slow for some mystery fans. Weird coincidence is I just read a Barbara Vine mystery with a similar set-up - 2 girls & 3 guys, living in an old manor one had inherited. ⬇️

Centique Some summer flowers for you in the North. Sunflowers gifted by a friend and the red flower is from a Rata tree. A native tree - I‘m learning to tell them apart from our more famous Pohutakawa. 🌺🌸🌼🌻 2y
Soubhiville Those red flowers are so unique looking. Do they have a fragrance? Very cool. 2y
Centique @Soubhiville I didn‘t notice a fragrance - I‘ll have to go back and check! 2y
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TrishB I think you just summed up why I don‘t like these! I like the full on action thrillers and I think I‘ve read 3 of these now and have to admit they are not for me. 2y
Centique @TrishB yes exactly! They‘re almost the opposite of what you‘d expect in the genre. Do you like the Robert Galbraith ones? The first two were slow and calm enough for me but the third one was much more of a thriller. 2y
Ruthiella I am almost positive that Tana French was influenced by The Secret History. This book in particular but also In the Woods gave me that Donna Tartt vibe. I agree that A Fatal Inversion is similar in its set up and atmosphere. 😀 (edited) 2y
TrishB @Ruthiella and I don‘t like Donna Tartt so that explains that too! 2y
TrishB @Centique I‘ve stopped reading JK 😞 I disagree with her stance so I‘m having a break from her. 2y
Ruthiella @TrishB Then you should probably avoid Barbara Vine too! 😂 2y
Centique @TrishB yeah I would for that reason as well - but I‘d decided RG wasn‘t doing it for me purely on a mystery level before that. 2y
TrishB @Ruthiella I‘ll remember that if ever tempted!! 2y
Centique @Ruthiella yes I love Barbara Vine and that first Donna Tart too - they‘re almost their own genre aren‘t they? I loved parts of The Goldfinch, but gawd that middle section seemed to take me weeks, I almost gave up 😝 2y
TrishB 👍🏻 understand. They are massive books if not enjoying too. 2y
Christy2318 I like this series a lot. This was my least favorite of the bunch but it was still good. 2y
Lucy_Anywhere I like this series for exactly that reason - slow build-up that deepens the mystery 2y
Centique @Christy2318 thank you - that makes me excited to read the rest of them! 2y
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bekakins
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I enjoyed this even more than the first Dublin Murder Squad novel.... A highly implausible premise, but completely mesmerising! It also made me yearn for those days when you have a really close group of friends and you think everything will be the same forever... Sigh.

Also, scored a line in #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 😁

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 2y
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ferskner
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After two stressful (but good) weeks helping out my sister's family in Ohio after she had a dramatic surgery, I took a mini-vacation to my favorite North Carolina apple orchard and the surrounding area. I haven't been in a few years, and while lots of things were different thanks to COVID, the barbecue was as good as always. #somuchpackaging #scarathalon2020 #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Yummmmmmmmmm! You‘re killing me over here! That looks so good. 🤤🤤🤤🤤 2y
ferskner @Clwojick it's been a great food week! 🤣 2y
Cathythoughts Love Tana ❤️ 2y
Gissy 😋 2y
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ferskner
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Pickle guacamole (or PICKLEMOLE) is a thing that exists in the world. Not creepy, unlike this book. #scarathalon2020 #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick yummmmm 2y
LeahBergen I just salivated. 😆 2y
ferskner @Clwojick @LeahBergen I would never have thought to do that pairing but it was really good! I'm so curious about how it happened. 2y
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Eggs
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Klou Great choice!! 2y
Eggs Thanks 🙏🏻 @Klou 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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I really liked the mystery, setting, and characters in this book but thought it could have been a lot shorter. The narrator of the audiobook was wonderful.#Scarathlon2020 #TeamSlaughter #BookspinBINGO #Screamathon

alisiakae 👻🎃 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Victoria_Clyne
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In the second of the Dublin murder series Cassie Maddox goes under cover to discover a murderer when her doppelganger is found dead.

I loved the premise of this one and it was well written but far too long. This felt like a bit of a slog at times (and that might have something to do with my current frame of mind) and I think that this affected suspense.

I did this as an audiobook and the Irish accent of the narrator was fabulous.

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Joanne1
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This is the second in the Dublin Murder Squad series not that you need to read that one first. I enjoy French‘s writing style the storyline was very intriguing, as a mystery/thriller, should be. The characters reminded me of the young people from Normal People but just a little older. But... this was a whopping 600+ pages and IMO needed a brutal edit. I want my mysteries to be sharp and snappy, this was not that.

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Victoria6
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Book #45: Had trouble with the believability of the main premise of this story which took me out of it some but a solid murder mystery nonetheless.

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Jas16
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I think I loved this even more than the first book. I just love the way Tana French writes and the idea of going undercover as a dead student who you is like your identical twin and trying to find out who murdered her by living her life kept me tense the entire way through. So good!

atla This is my favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad Series 💕. So good! (The rest are great too, though; don‘t worry!) 2y
SheReadsAndWrites Okay. This looks awesome but how gruesome is the series? There's only so much I can handle. 😬 2y
Jas16 @atla so glad to hear that. Cannot wait to read the rest. 2y
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Jas16 @SheReadsAndWrites I don‘t find them gruesome at all really. Neither this book nor the first had anything I would feel compelled to warn someone about. 2y
SheReadsAndWrites Okay. Thanks!! 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz So glad you enjoyed this!!💕 2y
Jas16 @Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved it and cannot that you enough! 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Jas16 pls don‘t mention, my dear friend... I really appreciate your friendship and the kindness that you show everyday...You‘re such a blessing!!💕💕 2y
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Joanne1
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Finally some sunny weather and time to read outside. It‘s been a long cold winter. We‘re still in lockdown but at least the sun is shining.

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Susanita
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For some reason Ireland is showing up all over my social media today (not that I‘m complaining), so here‘s a rather unromantic picture of the Dublin harbor from our trip last year. The lines on the window are from a light morning rain.

Day 15 of #20series20days also often looks at the underbelly of that lovely city. #Top20series

Andrew65 Another popular series, have read the first one. 2y
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Jas16
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Thank you so much Jee! You could not have chosen a better surprise. It has taken all of my self control not to buy it so having it magically appear on my doorstep is such a treat. This has been a largely unfun month so I haven‘t been reading as much but I am so excited about this book that I am claiming some me time this weekend to devour it. Thank you again my friend.

Cathythoughts It‘s a good one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy!! You‘re so welcome! Enjoy, my friend!! 💕💕😘 remember to always take breaks in between ok! Take good care of yourself 💕😘 2y
CBee @Jas16 are you doing okay? Just wanted to check on you, especially with the fires in Cali. I‘m going to email you too ❤️ Check in with me ok? 2y
Jas16 @CBee I just emailed you back. Thank you so much for checking in but I am doing well. 💕 2y
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MelKelsey
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Book 89 I like Tana French's original, surprising mysteries. Her settings are well-written and important to the plot, though not as much in The Likeness. The story is about a cop, who looks remarkably similar to a murder victim, going undercover to solve the case. This book is long, over 800 pages, and really could have been told in half that page count. However, I was compelled to read. 3.5 stars

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brandierickson
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My table is messy and it‘s hard to focus on anything right now, but I‘m going to give this a try.

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Heatherfeather
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God I love French's writing. Didn't love this as much as In the Woods, but still really great.

MelKelsey @Heatherfeather I totally agree! 2y
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crhealey
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Looks like spring but feels like winter so I stayed in to finish this one. I find it dragged way too much compared to French‘s other books but I still really enjoyed it! Mysteries are keeping me sane during quarantine! #weekendreads

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charl08 Ooh! I really want to read this. #WhenLibrariesReopen 2y
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I was going to take a picture outside with a few Irish books in front of my St. Patty‘s Day flag, but alas, weather ❄️🌧

I‘m sure I have more Irish books on my shelves, but here are a handful. I love me some Tana French. My current read is Unraveling Oliver (I didn‘t know it was an Irish author until I picked it up last night).

If you want to read about Ireland during the famine, pick up Grace.

#StPatricksDay #MarchMadness #MagnificentMarch🍀

Eggs ❤️ Tana French ❤️ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💚📚 3y
OriginalCyn620 🇮🇪💚☘️ 3y
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"The jacket had been freaking me out all afternoon–it was that lily-of-the-valley smell, right up close, I kept whipping round to see who had come up beside me–and the fact that I was being given the heebie-jeebies by a jacket, like something out of #DrSeuss, was making me want to giggle."

#magnificentmarch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 3y
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Librarybelle Great choice! 3y
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craftysilicate
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Reading this book was like entering an alternate universe where The Secret History didn't let me down, so if you finished that book with a sense of dissatisfaction then I can recommend this one.

It's also just very well-written, as I said in one of my earlier posts about it. Sometimes I read a book with this much tension where the actual reading isn't enjoyable enough to make it work, but this did not have that problem.

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vivastory
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Congratulations on the 300k, Liz! 🎉📚🎉📚
It was incredibly hard for me to narrow it down to three genres. Literary fiction (represented by McCullers' Heart is A Lonely Hunter) & Horror (King's IT) were no-brainers for me. I've loved both genres essentially my entire reading life. It was the third genre that was difficult to choose: true crime, fantasy, mystery/thriller. After deliberating, I selected mystery. Ask me tomorrow & it could change!

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In the course of trying to decide which Tana French book to start with I learned that this one is partly inspired by The Secret History, which I read last year.

Daniel is, I think, a better Henry than Henry. By the end of The Secret History I didn't find Henry much of a believable character anymore; he wasn't drawn in such a way that his later facets made sense to me. Daniel, I believe.

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Technically I started this before my library books came in, but I only got through the prologue.

I hear a lot about Tana French and I think, even this early in the book, I understand why. There's something about this prose you can sort of sink into, despite the conversational tone--it's probably better demonstrated by the prologue, but on my return to the book these paragraphs just felt good to read.

Someday I'll learn to be more concise, maybe.

Cathythoughts Yes ! I love her ! “ sink into “ puts it perfectly 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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craftysilicate
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The to-read stack is down to eight now! Maybe someday I will finish and buy new books again!

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Macnjen
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I like French‘s writing but this one seemed too long and drawn out. I listened on audio, and I loved the accents, but it seemed to just go on and on. Interesting plot idea but a little far fetched as well, which made me not buy in 100% like I‘d hoped. Still, it‘s a pretty good story.

Cathythoughts She does go on and on 😬... but I love her books anyway ❤️ 3y
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djlewis78
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Not as good as the first one - dragged in the middle, however, her descriptive writing continues to be a her strength - started out strong but the story needed to progress a bit quicker to maintain the reader‘s interest

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Could not put down. ? On Sunday I did "sweet f*ck-all," as Cassie Maddox and her fellow detectives would say, but read this book. And stayed up way too late to finish but ?‍♀️

Cathythoughts 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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