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Cassie Maddox meets her doppleganger,
This review is from: The Likeness: A Novel (Hardcover)
The premise of The Likeness--Detective Cassie Maddox (heroine of French's memorable debut novel, the Edgar-winning In the Woods) assumes the identity of a lookalike murder victim who herself assumed an undercover identity Maddox abandoned years before--certainly sounds absurd on the surface, but the author makes it work, and makes it work well. Once Cassie's (and through her, the reader's) logical objections to the scheme are overcome, French proceeds to deliver a masterwork of suspense, dropping her heroine into a dangerous, emotionally charged situation, where she is constantly aware that any or all of the people she's trying to deceive may wish her dead. The fact that the novel is written in the first person makes it all the more intense.
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Initial post: Jul 12, 2010 10:05:07 AM PDT
Ms. French does her talent a diservice by overwhelming use of vulgar language. We get the picture: they are cops and rough language is part of the scene. I thought we had outgrown a lot of that. Perhaps it is just too much of a contrast to the rest of her exquisite prose.
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2013 4:04:45 PM PDT
Very true. This unfortunate tendency keeps me from recommending her books.
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