Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Likeness by Tana French

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Detective Cassie Maddox just finished the worst case of her career. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. When all was said and done, she left the murder squad and hasn’t spoken to her partner since. She has no interest in going back to murder. Ever.

Then the most unthinkable scenario arises. Before she was a murder investigator, Cassie was an undercover detective. She used the identity of Alexandra Madison and went undercover at the University to help bust a drug ring. That was years ago, and Cassie hasn’t thought about her identity or her undercover days in a long time.

But one cold morning, a young woman’s body is found. She had been murdered and left in an abandoned house. Cassie doesn’t understand why she has been called in on this until she sees the woman. She looks identical to Cassie - exactly like her. And to make things even stranger, the woman’s ID says her name is Alexandra Madison. Not only is this unlikely, it should be impossible. The questions are too many: How did this woman get Cassie’s old undercover identity? What are the chances of them looking like identical twins?

Cassie has no choice but to go undercover and try to get some answers. She re-assumes the identity of Alexandra Madison and tries to become this young woman. It could turn out to be the most challenging and dangerous assignment of Cassie’s career.

“The Likeness” is Tana French’s second novel. Detective Cassie Maddox was also in her first novel, “In The Woods,” but she wasn’t the main character. If you haven’t read “In The Woods,” I highly recommend it, but it isn’t necessary to understand the plot and action in French’s second book. “The Likeness” can stand alone and doesn’t have to be read as part of a series.

French’s writing is gripping and thrilling. She has a talent for starting out slowly and then pulling you in so that, for the last 100 pages, you can’t quit reading. I stayed up late at night finishing this one.

French is very good at building the characters. You feel you know them personally. I became invested in each of them and their outcome.

I did not love “The Likeness” as much as I did “In The Woods,” but it is still very good. French definitely has a knack for this genre, and I expect many more mysteries to come in her future.

If you’re a fan of the crime thriller genre, you’ll definitely want to give French and “The Likeness” a try.

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