Det. Cassie Maddox is called to the scene of a murder. When she arrives she is amazed at how much the victim looks like her. In addition, the victim has identification of Alexandra Maddox. This is the same name that Cassie used when she went undercover years ago at U. Dublin.
Because of the uncanny resemblance to the deceased, Frank Mackey, Cassie's former boss in the undercover operation, sees a unique opportunity. Since no one else knows that Lexi died of her knife wound, he asks Cassie if she would go undercover again. Pretend that the wound was serious but not fatal (obviously) and return to the home she shared with four other grad students.
Cassie agrees but first must learn everything she can about Lexi and the other housemates.
The novel proceeds in a leisurely manner, with a fascinating portrait of how someone might react if they came back to life and was returned to the setting, surrounded by four people, one of whom, might be her killer.
Cassie plays her role well. None of the other housemates seem to realize that she's not Lexi.
There is good character portrayal and description in the novel. One scene that was memorable was when one of the characters relates how he told his parents of his sexual orientation during a Christmas holiday. The parent's reaction and the character's response was cinematically done.
I enjoyed the novel but thought that the slow pace of the novel was a bit extreme. However, there was excellent suspense as Lexi interviews the other housemates and attempts to identify who Lexi's killer could have been. There is an added element in that a number of residents in the town of Glenskehy, Ireland, do not like the people living in the home with Lexi. Something happened that was blamed on one of the residents in that home and Cassie must also see if any other the town's people might have been angry enough to want Lexi dead.
The novel progresses realistically and readers who enjoy a setting in Ireland and good character development will be entertained.
It is always exciting to discover a brilliant new talent. In her second thriller, The Likeness, Irish writer Tana French spins an elaborate tale that is bound to the roots of Irish history and the unique world of law enforcement as depicted by detectives Cassie Maddox, Frank Mackey and Sam O'Neill. Cassie and Sam are nurturing a quiet relationship that began soon after Cassie left the Murder Squad after a particularly grueling case. Now she is ensconced in Domestic Violence, certainly less dangerous … more