The Likeness

by Tana French | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780143115625 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjlautnerwing of Henderson, Nevada USA on 4/11/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjlautnerwing from Henderson, Nevada USA on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Arrived a few days ago. Used.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjlautnerwing at Henderson, Nevada USA on Thursday, May 02, 2019
What if you were able to inhabit someone else's body? Try to fool her friends? That isn't what happens here but it's close. Nothing supernatural but it does rely on a coincidence.

Detective Casey Maddox, after her time in Homicide is shattered by an incident, is working Domestic Violence (DV) when she receives a phone call from Undercover. Prior to homicide, she had spent time as an undercover agent. Now they want her back.

The case is unusual, to say the least. A young woman, Lexie Madison, is found in an abandoned shack, dead. The circumstances allow the detectives on the scene to cover up the fact that she is dead and to take her away by ambulance, presumably to a hospital. This because the young woman looks remarkably like Cassie Maddox, who has deep experience in Undercover.

It's a crazy idea and not everyone loves it. But eventually Frank, heading up the undercover op, persuades both Cassie and the undercover team to give it a try. Cassie is to undergo training to "become" the murdered girl while the detectives tell her housemates that she is in the hospital, protected, while she recovers. Weeks later she arrives, as prepped as she can be, via films, photos, stories that the detectives have managed to obtain, to take Lexie's place.

There are so many things that can go wrong. Cassie has to rely on her roommates believing that any differences come from her undergoing such a painful experience (and forgetting what actually happened). It seems to work as she slowly re-enters that life and forms bonds with Lexie's friends.

it is difficult for a compassionate person to behave in this way. Always aware of her deceit, Cassie comes to care about these people and knows that it cannot end well no matter how it ends.

Gradually she gets to know as much as she can about Lexie's friendships and her personality. She adjusts her own personality to project a more outgoing, fun-loving person. In time Cassie discovers interesting aspects to the relationship and the house. There isn't anything simple about this case.

I loved how French delved into Cassie's feelings and brought us into her life. Although the premise is highly unlikely I bought it. There is enough detail, enough nuance, to believe she could have gotten away with it. She isn't perfect but she's intelligent and able to improvise.

As always with French's works, the story is good but the characters even better. the psychological depths are remarkable and compelling.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjlautnerwing at Henderson, Nevada USA on Saturday, May 04, 2019
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