Book review – “The Likeness” by Tana French – lesson in why you can never go back home

the likeness

Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 2 of the Dublin Murder Squad series
Rating: 18+ for language, dark themes
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
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In the second book of the series, we follow Cassie instead of Rob as she goes undercover in an attempt to find the killer of  young girl who stole her old under cover identity.

If you read the first book, you know that Rob and Cassie had a bit of a falling out at the end of the first one and they both had to leave the Murder squad. We don’t know where Rob got transferred to but Cassie is now at Domestic Violence. When this case presents itself, she is ‘reluctant’ to want to go under cover, but like Frank, you know she’s going to agree to it. Cassie wants to solve Murders. Throughout the rest of the book she comes with the terms with what she wants in life.

At first, Cassie is put off with her housemates. Daniel is too series; Rafe is Jekyll and Hyde; Justin is a pushover; and Abby just rubs her the wrong way. She thinks that this will be an easy case that she can work but the longer that she stays there, the more that she learns about them and Lexie. She falls in step with the other four housemates, because like all of them and Lexie, she didn’t have much of a family and she found herself getting attached to them.

Big mistake for anyone who works under cover.

She starts working the parts of the group and the house and tries to find something that Frank and Sam can use to crack the case. As the story unfolds, the group starts to unravel as they try and hide the truth from Lexie until they explode at the end. When Cassie’s trump card is played, the group falls apart and turns on each other, like she thought it would. The questions that you’ve wanted answered get answered as Lexie completes her job.

French once again is able to create these interesting and in-depth characters that come off the page so vividly that you think that it’s all real. We all know how difficult it can be to be accepted and once we are, we will do anything to never lose it. That’s what these characters do. They always wanted a family and didn’t want that illusion of ‘perfection’ to be ruined.

While this story doesn’t have as many twists and turns as the first story, it still has that suspenseful aspect that will you keep you reading for hours at a time. The first book had more funny moments, but that was just because of the relationship between Rob and Cassie. Without Rob in this book, Cassie is still her feisty self, but doesn’t have Rob around to be the Ying to her Yang. While Cassie mentions Rob quite a bit in the story, you don’t truly get what happened between them (at least in her eyes) and it leaves with to many questions.

Rating: B+

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The Dublin Murder Squad series

dublin murder squard series

In the Woods
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The Likeness
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Faithful Place
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The Broken Harbour
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The Secret Place
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