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Monday, May 2, 2011

Review - Tana French's THE LIKENESS


This was a win from Martha and I loved the book. My only complaint is the font. It was tiny and I do wonder why publishers do not think about the ease of reading!!! Is there anyone to complain to?

I did not know that this was a sequel so I did not w hinge about the lack of Rob (which most people have done). I liked Cassie and the superb role she played in this book. It was audacious, difficult and took a great deal of good acting to carry it out to the end.

Lexie is dead stabbed to death by whom? she is also the carbon copy of Cassie (physically) and how to unravel the mystery is the work of Sam and Frank from the Murder Squad. How they make out that Lexie is alive and recuperating and then how they return her to the house is a marvel.

The story is one of so many ghosts - the several ghosts of Lexie who is haunting the house despite her being sort of alive through Cassie, the ghost of the house itself which has a tortured tale in the village and where hate and revenge for so called past wrong doings can be carried on for decades and where one has to pinch oneself to think - yes this is Ireland in the 21st century not in the 19th century.

The life of Cassie in the house is at times idyllic to the extent that Cassie forgets that she is basically an imposter. The closeness and ties that bind five strangers seem difficult to understand and how they keep all outsiders out and their little world intact is also difficult to fathom.

The book was a big one 560 pages, the font was horrible but it was a gorgeous read. Full marks on this one and I am getting back to Tana French definitely.

10 comments:

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

I have been curious about her books they look interesting. I didn't know this was a sequel either.

Sharon said...

I really enjoyed this one, but like others missed Rob. I'm glad your enjoyed it!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I am so happy to see you liked this one. I own all 3 in the series. The last one is Kindle format so hopefully I can be ensured larger print:)

Mary said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Mystica. It's on my book shelf. My husband read it and said it was good.

TheBookGirl said...

This must have been good if you could stick with a tiny font like that for more than 500 pages.
This author is popular with our mystery readers at the used bookshop...Glad to see that you enjoyed it as well.

bermudaonion said...

I really want to try French's work - it seems to captivate everyone. I do wonder about the fonts publishers use at times.

Bellezza said...

I was quite frustrated by Tana French's Into The Woods because of the lack of resolution, at least for me, but I've heard very good things about this one.

chelleyreads said...

i LOVED this book!! i've read all of tana french's books and they're all awesome. glad you liked it too.

carolsnotebook said...

I really enjoyed In the Woods and am looking forward to reading this one. Cassie was a great character in the first one and I'm glad this one revolves around her.

mel u said...

I feel your pain on the small fonts-there is a Japanese publisher of works in translation that has tons of great books but there fonts are so small I no longer order there books-I am sure it is all a cost issue