The Likeness

By Tana French
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670018864, 480pp.)

Publication Date: July 17, 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2008 Indie Next List
“Cassie Maddox is a former undercover detective working in domestic violence when she is called to the scene of a murder of a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to Cassie herself. Stranger still, the victim's name is apparently Lexie Madison, an identity fabricated by Cassie years ago. As layers of secrets are revealed, this memerizing novel will keep the reader riveted.”
-- Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List Highlights 2008


Description

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling psychological thriller In the Woods

Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She's transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O'Neill, but she's too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young woman found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl's ID says her name is Lexie Madison--the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective--and she looks exactly like Cassie.

With no leads, no suspects, and no clue to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old undercover boss, Frank Mackey, spots the opportunity of a lifetime. They can say that the stab wound wasn't fatal and send Cassie undercover in her place to find out information that the police never would and to tempt the killer out of hiding. At first Cassie thinks the idea is crazy, but she is seduced by the prospect of working on a murder investigation again and by the idea of assuming the victim's identity as a graduate student with a cozy group of friends.

As she is drawn into Lexie's world, Cassie realizes that the girl's secrets run deeper than anyone imagined. Her friends are becoming suspicious, Sam has discovered a generations-old feud involving the old house the students live in, and Frank is starting to suspect that Cassie's growing emotional involvement could put the whole investigation at risk. Another gripping psychological thriller featuring the headstrong protagonist we've come to love, from an author who has proven that she can deliver.




About the Author

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, and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover.

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