Stamped DNF – The Likeness by Tana French

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in 2.5 stars, 2017, Book Review, DNF, Tana French | 8 comments

Stamped DNF
The Likeness by Tana French
The Likeness by Tana French

Genre: Mystery
Format: Ebook
Series: The Dublin Murder Squad #2
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: DNF at page 216 out of 497
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Six months after a particularly nasty case, Detective Cassie Maddox has transferred out of Dublin’s Murder squad and has no plans to go back. That is, until an urgent telephone call summons her to a grisly crime scene.

It’s only when she sees the body that Cassie understands the hurry. The victim, a young woman, is Cassie’s double and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used on an undercover job. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl but, more importantly, who is this girl? And as reality and fantasy become desperately tangled, Cassie moves dangerously close to losing herself forever.

At what point did I break up with this book?
I put it aside at page 216 out of 497. When I realized it had been a month since I started the book and I was still less than halfway through I knew it was time.

What worked for me?
Despite the unlikely premise of Cassie being able to take the place of her doppelganger I thought it was an interesting way to approach the investigation.

What didn’t work for me?
I’m not sure exactly. I loved Tana French’s first book. I was familiar with her dense writing style and knew it would be slower paced. Unfortunately, it was just too easy for me to put this down and do something else. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to get wrapped up in it and spend hours at a time reading it but it just didn’t draw me in enough for that to happen.

It’s not you, it’s me . . . or maybe it really IS you.
I think it’s probably a little of both. I may pick it up again at some point in the future. I looked at the audiobook but saw that it was 22 hours long. I’m not sure I’m up for that. I did see that the narrator was getting a lot of praise in the reviews so who knows I might go that route someday.

Have you listened to or read this book? What did you think?

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Touring my TBR – 2013 Series to Target

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Blogging/Reading, Chelsea Cain, David Rosenfelt, Julie Hyzy, Mark Billingham, Michael Koryta, P.J. Tracy, Tana French, TBR Tour | 3 comments

Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves

This month I’m talking about the series I want to target for 2013.

I did this last year with moderate results and I want to do the same for 2013

I targeted five series for 2012

First, the ones with which I succeeded:

Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta Michael Koryta’s Lincoln Perry Series
I only had one of this series to read but I’d been distracted by Koryta’s excellent standalone thrillers. I did read the most recent but I hesitate to call it the last in the series because Koryta has left the door open and I hope brings Lincoln Perry back someday.
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain Chelsea Cain’s Archie and Gretchen series
I didn’t make it in 2012 but I just finished the most recent book in this series over the weekend. So I’m caught up in this one. Chelsea Cain writes some seriously disturbing stuff but it’s so good
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series
I switched to audio partway through this series because I love the narration by Grover Gardner. I’ve listened to the most current release and I’m looking forward to the next one due out in July

And now for the ones with which I didn’t do so well:

Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham Mark Billingham’s Inspector Tom Thorne series
I pretty much failed when it comes to this series. I think it has something to do with the fact that I read the first six over a period ot six months in 2011. Now that it’s been a year or more I’m ready to get back to this series and see if I can get caught up I have three to read before Miulholland Books releases the newest US edition with Damages in July. I like Tom Thorne despite his flaws and I’m looking forward to getting back to this British Detective series.
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef series
I had only read one of this series before 2012 and I managed to read two more. I have three to read to catch up with the current release. It’s a fun cozy series and I’m happy to keep it on my target list for 2013

Now for the new series I’m targeting for 2013 in addition to the two discussed above:

In the Woods by Tana French The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
I read and loved the first one. I already own the second but haven’t read it yet. I have three to read to catch up so maybe I can do that by the end of 2013.
Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy The Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy
I had only read one of this series before 2012 and I managed to read two more. I have three to read to catch up with the current release. It’s a fun cozy series and I’m happy to keep it on my target list for 2013

What about you? Are there any series that you’re going to try to catch up with in 2013?

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In the Woods by Tana French

Posted by on Feb 9, 2009 in 2009, Book Review, Tana French | 15 comments

Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 429
Challenges: None

I added this book to my TBR list last July when my friend gave it such high praise. I’ve learned to trust her recommendations and when I started seeing other book bloggers also post such positive reviews I couldn’t wait any longer to read it.

Oh this is good. This is really good.

Twenty years ago in a Dublin suburb, three children disappeared in the woods. Two of them were never seen again. One of the boys was found clinging to a tree with no memory of what had happened. His shoes were filled with blood. That boy is now Detective Rob Ryan and a 12 year old girl has been found murdered in those same woods.

Ryan and his partner Cassie Maddox begin their investigation. Cassie is the only person he works with who knows Rob’s connection to the old case. The questions just keep coming. Are the cases connected? Will Rob remember anything of what happened when he was a child? Can he effectively work this case? What kind of extra pressure will this put on his partner?

The writing is wonderful, the pacing is superb, the story unfolds and the tension rises. This is a psychological suspense story as much as it is a murder mystery. The praise for this book is well deserved. I highly recommend it

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