8 years ago
06 January 2010
The Likeness (#1)
Where In the Woods failed to give a collection of well-created, multi-dimensional characters aside from the two principals, The Likeness is full of them. Most of the characters manage to get under your skin and pull you into their narratives, even though we only get these narratives in bits and pieces.
Maybe part of the reason I enjoyed the book so much is that the core group of characters are all literature grad students, but I think that was just part of it. The ending was appropriate for the rest of the story, French never lost sight of the end game throughout the novel (one of her mistakes in the first book) and the unfolding of the mystery was also well thought out and well-written.
Where I was a bit hesitant to recommend French's previous book to friends, I have no reservations with this one. A good friend and fellow bibliophile/gradstudent/bookworm, who had recommended I read In the Woods, when she found out I was about to read The Likeness, said, "Let me know what you think of it. I need to talk about it with you." We both reached the same conclusion: the second book was just, at the end of the day, way better than the first.
The Likeness, Tana French (2008)