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The Likeness

A review of the book “The Likeness” by Tana French

This is the second book in the Dublin Murder squad series. I didn’t read the first one. I don’t feel like it hampered my understanding of this book.

The premise of the story is really interesting and can be summed up really quick…a detective goes undercover to find the killer of a dead woman…who looks just like her! It reminded me of the TV show Orphan Black. But the book was way less exciting than Orphan Black. (side note: if you’ve never watched Orphan Black…it’s addicting…go check it out!)

I enjoyed reading this book, but it went back and forth between moving slow and fast. It kept me going because I couldn’t wait to figure out who the murdered woman was and the other mysteries about her that come up as you read. It was funny at times because the story is set in Ireland and some of the language used is very European. Overall it’s a good, fun read, a great mystery I couldn’t wait to know the answer to. I give it 3 mirrors.

One thing I didn’t like about the book I want to tell you, but if you’ve not read it…I don’t want to ruin for you. So spoiler alert! Please don’t read if you don’t want me to ruin it all for you.

*Spoilers ahead*


I was really hoping there would be some awesome reason why the murdered woman and the undercover detective look alike. I wanted them to be sisters or cousins or clones or something. But there was no explanation as to why they look alike. It was just a coincidence. Proving the theory that everyone in the world has someone who looks like them somewhere. I hate that and appreciate that. I like it because it might be too outlandish to bring in the fact that they were separated at birth and twins. But I also hate it because I find it hard to believe that these two just looked identical but weren’t related.


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