Book Review: The Likeness

The LikenessThe Likeness by Tana French

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a very unique book to read. It’s a mystery, and I have to say that the premise was so outlandish as to make me contemplate putting the book down before I got more than a few chapters into it. What is the premise, you ask? There’s this detective, see. And she’s a burned out murder detective who also used to do undercover work. And there’s this victim, see? And she just happens to be almost an identical twin with the murder detective. And there are no leads in the case. No leads at all. So . . . the detective returns to murder and undercover work, going undercover as the victim.


But here’s the thing. Once you get past that premise, it actually is a really good book. The author (Tana French) does a really good job portraying the main character and exploring just how difficult it would be to be put into that outlandish situation. There are some great scenes where the detective (Cassie) is interacting with the victim’s friends. Things are made more complicated by the fact that Cassie actually envies the victim’s life and is seriously tempted to lose herself in this new identity.

I found myself compulsively turning pages, and that’s always a good thing, with me.

So there you have it. If you can get over the premise, I recommend this one. Fun, interesting read.

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