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The Likeness


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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin. Her first novel, In the Woods, won the Clarion award in 2007 for First Fiction, the Barry award for best first novel in 2008, Newcomer of the Year award at the Irish Book Awards 2008, and the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards in the USA in 2008 for best first novel. She has worked in theatre, film and voiceover.


Edgar-winner French blurs the boundaries between victim and cop, memory and fantasy, in this stunning sequel to her debut, In the Woods. Det. Cassie Maddox, a dead ringer for Lexie Madison, whose body has been found on the outskirts of the Irish village of Glenskehy, agrees to masquerade as Lexie in a police effort to identify her murderer. Cassie journeys to Whitethorn House, the rambling mansion Lexie shared with four fellow Ph.D. students and tells the friends that she survived the attack. As she probes deeper into the close-knit group, Cassie finds herself becoming emotionally attached to the stoic Daniel, sensitive Justin, gadabout Rafe and dependable Abby. But as tensions rise in the house and in Glenskehy, Cassie must decide if the biggest threat comes from without or lurks within. French cleverly subverts the conventions of the locked room mystery, ratcheting up the tension at every turn with her multidimensional characters. Readers looking for a new name in psychological suspense need look no further than this powerful new Irish voice. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller.' -- Woman and Home 20080801 'Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive, this is a true literary detective novel rather than a whodunnit' -- Irish Mail on Sunday 20080720 'An eerie thriller, perfect for holidays' -- Sunday World 20080706 'Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and undercover police procedural, THE LIKENESS by Tana French, seduces from the start... A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller' -- Time Out 20080821 'French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal' -- Daily Mirror 20080829 'Creepy stuff' -- Independent 20080829 'The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel ... French has a brilliant ear for dialogue ... Also in the best tradition of classic crime writers, such as P D James and Ruth Rendell, her characters are fully-rounded people and she is able to layer plots and storylines with a mastery that belies the fact that it is only her second book.' -- Anne Marie Scanlon, Sunday Independent, Dublin 20080829 'lush, intense and gorgeous' -- Reviewing the Evidence website 20081209

No longer In the Woods, Det. Cassie Maddox is now investigating the murder of a Dublin girl who looks just like her and even has her undercover name. With a five-city tour; reading group guide. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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