Reserve Alert ‘The Likeness’

In NPR’s regular feature, “Books We Like,” Barrie Hardymon praises both of Tana French’s psychological thrillers; In the Woods (2007, which won the Edgar for best first novel; it has been on the NYT Paperback Fiction bestseller list since its release in that format) and The Likeness (July).

Reviewers have trouble figuring out how to describe the appeal of French’s books. Hardymon says that, in Into the Woods, French,

…audaciously denied the closure that mystery fans crave; one of the crimes remained unsolved. Readers hoping that this follow-up novel would deliver that resolution should be disappointed for about a minute and a half — the time it takes for the new story to grip.

In The Likeness, the main character takes on the identity of a murder victim,

…inheriting an intense and exclusive group of friends…[this] cagily charismatic group drinks, banters, screws and harbors its intimacies as seductively as the oddballs in Donna Tartt’s classic The Secret History. As in that novel, the thrill comes in exploring the peculiar, collective psychology of the clique — the members of which keep secrets about Lexie’s murder from outsiders and each other.

Reserves are running five to one in some areas on The Likeness, six weeks after publication. The book will also be coming out in large type in October.



  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Viking, (July 17, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0670018864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670018864
  • Large Type: $30.95
  • Publisher: Thorndike
  • Pub. Date: October 03, 2008
  • ISBN-139781410410115
  • ISBN 101410410110

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