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The Likeness ➟ [Epub] ❤ The Likeness By Tana French ➩ – Thomashillier.co.uk New York Times bestselling author Tana French author of The Witch Elm is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” The Washington Post and “inspires cultic devotion in r New York Times bestselling author Tana French author of The Witch Elm is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past years” The Washington Post and “inspires cultic devotion in readers” The New Yorker“Reuired reading for anyone who appreciates tough unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting” —The New York TimesIn the “compellingˮ The Boston Globe and “pitch perfectˮ Entertainment Weekly follow up to Tana French’s runaway bestseller In the Woods itʼs six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder Suad with no plans to go back—until an urgent telephone call summons her to a grisly crime scene The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl but important who was this girl.


10 thoughts on “The Likeness

  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    I’ll never be free of her I wear her face; as I get older it’ll stay her changing mirror the one glimpse of all the ages she never had I lived her life for a few strange bright weeks; her blood went into making me what I am the same way it went to make the bluebells and the hawthorn tree Some books hurt They sueeze your chest they make your eyes sting with unshed tears It's a rare author who is able to evoke that kind of emotion in their readers and I can only say that reading Tana French always brings a stab of exuisite pain to my heartIt's ridiculous really It's so incredible She is one of my favorite authors and for me there's just no words for how stupidly wonderful I find her books because I have not the talent with words that she has I can't adeuately sum up my emotions for her books except to say from the bottom of my heart that I love them utterlyI have the shortest attention span with books I read them once I enjoy them or not I forget about them Re reading anything is a rare rare rarer than once in a blue moon event with me and yet I've found myself going back to her books time and time again Exuisite I can't describe it as anything less than thatLike Rob Ryan in the previous book in this series our main character Cassie Maddox is broken Broken damaged characters within literature are a dime a dozen It is up to the skill of the author to make them truly believable and I fell in love with Cassie as I did with Rob She feels like a sister someone I want to hold and protect against the harshness of the world Like Rob Cassie has a darkness inside her that made her former position with the Undercover suad so exhilarating Some people are undercovers all the way to the bone; the job has taken them whole I was never afraid of getting killed and I was never afraid of losing my nerve My kind of courage holds up best under fire; it’s different dangers refined and insidious ones that shake me But the other things I worried about those Frank told me once—and I don’t know whether he’s right or not and I didn’t tell Sam this either—that all the best undercovers have a dark thread woven into them somewhere This book is about Cassie Yes we get a few brief mentions of Rob but he is not the focus This is a good thing because it shows that Cassie is strong she is able to move on and this after all is her storyThey say that everyone has a double somewhere; Cassie may have found hers only that twin is dead Her former boss Frank with his rather sadistic and unconventional streak wants Cassie to go undercover as the dead girl Infiltrate an impenetrable group of friends and the thrill the need for an answer is too much temptation for our girl She goes into it with trepidation excitementAnd beyond all expectations Cassie finds so much than a mystery to be solved It was as if none of the jagged edges had ever existed; it was close and warm and shining as that first week again only better a hundred times better because this time I wasn’t on the alert and fighting to get my bearings and stay in place This time I knew them all by heart their rhythms their uirks their inflections I knew how to fit in with every one; this time I belonged This is a story about love About the love of friendship and family arguably important than romantic love itself Anyone who has never felt like they belonged will know this feeling that there's nothing like the feeling of finding your place among others and that's what Cassie finds here I know I am doing a shit job of describing the book There is just so much depth to it that I am out of my depths trying to describe it Just please please read this and judge for yourself


  2. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 77% | Good Notes Promises dark and edgy but turns up blunt Its holdover heroine's not nearly as interesting not being commented on


  3. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    There are times when trying on someone else's life for size seems like a very tempting idea But how do you not lose yourself in it? This book shredded my heart into tiny little pieces It made me reexperience that hollow empty lonely lost feeling you have when you remember the intense and seemingly 'forever' friendships that have somehow inexplicably just disintegratedIt made me miss people who once were crucial in my life and are not there any for one reason or another And I miss themHere is one of my favorite uotes by Stephen King another author who is excellent at depicting real friendship Maybe there aren't any such things as good friends or bad friends maybe there are just friends people who stand by you when you're hurt and who help you feel not so lonely Maybe they're always worth being scared for and hoping for and living for Maybe worth dying for too if that's what has to be No good friends No bad friends Only people you want need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart The Likeness is the second book in the series by Tana French focusing on Cassie Maddox the partner of Detective Rob Ryan from her first book In The Woods It's a rather standalone work however despite being a part of a series The only reason you should even read In The Woods before this one is to appreciate the intense friendship that Cassie once shared with Rob and her emotional scars and utter emptiness in the aftermath of the death of their friendship I used to think I sewed us together at the edges with my own hands pulled the stitches tight and I could unpick them any time I wanted Now I think it always ran deeper than that and farther underground; out of sight and way beyond my controlThis book is not about Rob; he is only here in Cassie's memories It is about Cassie Maddox the kickass Detective who in an attempt to pull herself together is on the verge of her own downward spiral who in the attempt of recapturing of what she once had and creating something that she never had almost loses herself and everything that matters to her Yes just like In The Woods The Likeness is less of a crime whodunit honestly there's no reason why you would not figure out the killer's identity halfway through the book and much of a psychological fckery story the attempt to explore people's inner desires and inner darkness and the conseuences of that I wanted to tell her that being loved is a talent too that it takes as much guts and as much work as loving; that some people for whatever reason never learn the knackIf you have a problem with an unbelievable premise this book will frustrate you to no end Luckily for me I can easily accept the unbelievable setup after all one of my favorite writers is China Miéville 'nuff said Cassie Maddox needs to go Undercover to impersonate a dead woman who by a strange coincidence happens to be Cassie's almost perfect mirror image the titular Likeness And she needs to do that in front of dead woman's friends her surrogate family Not to mention that the dead woman in uestion has herself been impersonating Cassie's long forgotten undercover identity from the past Still with me? Still willing to see what happens next? Then this book should be just fine for youUnbelievable premise or not once Cassie gets into the middle of action Actually scratch that The whole point is Cassie getting away from the action and smack into the middle of an unusually intense family like friendship that seems so old fashioned and tranuil and based on the defiance of the rules of this fast paced commercialized world Our entire society is based on discontent People wanting and and Being constantly dissatisfied with their homes their bodies their décor their clothes everything – taking it for granted that that’s the whole point of life Never to be satisfied If you are perfectly happy with what you got especially if what you got isn’t even all the spectacular then you’re dangerous You’re breaking all the rules You’re undermining the sacred economy You’re challenging every assumption that society is built onDaniel Abby Justin and Rafe And LexieCassie still broken over Rob This environment becomes seductive It is beautiful and yet with every page right after seducing you into loving this uintet and giving them your heart Tana French builds up a feeling of the inevitable doom of all of this of the darkness lurking right under the surface of the fleeting nature of everything that Cassie comes to hold dear in this new life And this hurts hurts a lot since French is so excellent at making you really CARE about her characters Regardless of the advertising campaigns may tell us we can't have it all Sacrifice is not an option or an anachronism; it's a fact of life We all cut off our own limbs to burn on some altar The crucial thing is to choose an altar that's worth it and a limb you can accept losing To go consenting to the sacrificeCassie Maddox is a lovely character Hurt and broken ready to latch onto something that has a promise of life and hope for her and yet fiercely strong independent and very capable This is a woman who is shown to value true friendship and know love that is not exclusively romantic unlike so many female protagonists in modern literature She is a person who I'd be honored to be friends with who I'd love to spend my evenings with sipping wine and swapping stories I'd skip on chain smoking however just reading about the never ending unfiltered cigarettes smoking makes me want to cough and get a chest x ray to look for lung cancer This much is mine though everything I did Someone else may have dealt the hand but I picked it up off the table I played every card and I had my reasonsI would've decided exactly the same way if you'd been standing right here I said I'm a big girl Sam I don't need protecting This is how I kept imagining the house they all lived in the cross between these twoAnd Ireland I love French's portrayal of Ireland allowing me to feel like I actually know something about this country allowing me to feel a bit of its spirit and heart both good and bad aspects of it The little mentions of Irish women having to take the ship to England if they wanted an abortion for instance I actually had no idea and this threw in a little reality check on my newly developed love for Irish landscapes Or the freuent allusions to the conseuences of the economic boom the unaffordable housing the dead end jobs the worship of money all thrown in the middle of the story firmly grounding it in the 'real world' the concept that some of the characters of this story do have an issue with This portrayal of Ireland the setting of the scene for the story is so nicely achieved creating an immersing atmosphere and I applaud French for job well doneTana French paints a vivid and beautiful scenery in this book She creates moods that are almost palpable dripping with life She may be a bit wordy at times but somehow that does not seem excessive And her characterization is just superb in my humbled opinion I wanted to tell her that being loved is a talent too that it takes as much guts and as much work as loving; that some people for whatever reason never learn the knack I loved this book even though it has stolen uite a few hours of sleep from me I loved everything about it even the sadness it made me feel at the end I will miss it and it will stay with me for uite a long time 5 stars And here is my review for the first book in the series In the WoodsThe third book in the series Faithful Place is reviewed here And you can find the review for Broken Harbour the fourth book in the series right here My review of the fifth book The Secret Place is here My review 4 years late of the sixth The Trespasser is here


  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    This is the second Tana French novel I've read in just over a week and I have to say I'm rapidly becoming a big fan The Likeness is an excellent story that is about psychology at least as much as if not than it is about a murder mystery Like In The Woods the book's greatest weakness is also perhaps its greatest strength the comprehensive portrait of the characters and their personalitiesFrench makes certain you know your narrator almost as well as you know yourself Their habits fears background influences and desires are gradually laid out before you as the story progresses And despite some of the far fetched plot elements Cassie Maddox and her life seemed very real to me But it's not just the main character who gets such treatment French builds up a detailed personality for everyone she introduces to make them seem like not just an accessory to the plot but a person with thoughts feelings and a past It's a techniue carried out by a number of authors to varying degrees of success but French's novels are my personal favourite so far It only becomes a weakness when the plot stalls so we can explore the characters and I'm longing to know where the mystery will go nextThe actual idea proposed by French here is rather ludicrous A girl looking exactly like Detective Cassie Maddox turns up dead And not only that but the girl has assumed the fake identity which Cassie had played the part of a few years previously Coincidences like this surely do not actually happen Cassie then goes undercover as the girl Lexie Madison into the home she shares with four other students and attempts to find clues that will lead the police towards her killer Somehow however it doesn't seem to matter that the idea is totally unbelievable Cassie in herself is convincing enough to carry this story We are soon dragged into a The Secret History type set up where we are introduced to an isolated circle of intelligent and weird students In my opinion though I found these characters and the story a lot entertaining and realistic than those in The Secret History Perhaps because their obsessions were with living simply and each other rather than a subject It becomes clear straight away that something is not uite right in the house and that there are a number of secrets being kept But does this mean one of them is the killer?Again French shows the mental impact of an investigation on her characters Cassie finds herself becoming increasingly involved on a very personal level and discovers just how hard it is to become someone without feeling a certain attachment to their life and friends In the end even Cassie's loyalties to the police force are tested what if she could have what she's always wanted by being Lexie Madison? A family people who love her a sense of security would she want to give that up and go back to the stresses of her job?One last note Sam Look you're adorable and everything and I really don't want to see you get hurt but I'm holding out for Cassie and Rob That's all I have to say to you Please Ms French?


  5. karen karen says:

    okay i enjoyed this tana french book much than the first one and against all odds; the premise of this book is so staggeringly unbelievablecheck it out so there's a murrrrrder and the body is that of a young woman who looks just like detective cassie maddox awesome so why doesn't she just pretend to be the murdered girl slip unnoticed into her life and take it from there? because dummy her life is made up solely of a group of four other insular postgrad nerds who reside in a huge crumbling house together and live only for each other without any boundary issues and with the fiercely intense loyalty that's mostly only seen in the conjoined and wouldn't they notice the difference?but she's a really good undercover police detective soi don't care it works it's fun and it comes closer to secret history than most others claiming to be the same but has the humility not to broadcast it on the jacket rewriting secret history has become a goal for suspense writers everywhere and anytime anyone writes a book featuring intelligent young people who share secrets and there is a murder the great donna tartt is invoked and i remember really liking secret history so i always read the impostors this one for all its necessary suspensions of disbelief is not a bad comparison in fact this reminded me of the house at midnight just in the characters' dynamicsand the house of course and that was one of the better tartty books i have read there are huge logic gaps and come on moments but it is a uick read and she writes claustrophobic tension very well i had some time to kill before work yesterday and was cold and poor so i just took the 7 train alll the way out and then alll the way back to read this it's completely engrossing as long as you suppress your protestshiding outjust one of the guysdesperately seeking susantootsiesoul manweekend at bernie'sin the 80's these secret identity movies were ubiuitous they all involved the seemingly implausible plot of being able to fool others into believing you were a different age gender race or that you were you know alive and if we could believe it in the 80's we can believe it now because let's face it dustin hoffman wasn't fooling anyonei always thought that tana french would be psychologically complicated literary fiction than a genre book blame it on the trade paperback format or the awards or the refined cover art; as opposed to the cartoony normdo not click to look insidealmost forgot about this one it may be my favorite i wish it was bigger like all girls because mrs jeffries hiding is pretty funnycreepybut it's a mystery novel pure and simple; suspects confess in long speeches every glance can be analyzed and stripped of its meaning detectives pull out all the interrogation clichés and there's nothing wrong with that because it is good old fashioned leisure reading and that's the genius of its presentation and what i have learned from the identity movies of the 80's if this book ever witnessed a crime it could just be put into witness protection program with the other trade paperbacks in the general fictionliterature section and be or less undetectableunless i was on the casecome to my blog


  6. Christine Christine says:

    5 million starsThe Likeness is an extraordinary novel It is one of the 2 3 best books I have ever read After reading just two Dublin Murder Suad books this month I have made a spot for Tana French as one of my 3 all time favorite authors She is a brilliant writer and in my opinion has penned the uintessential psychological thriller with The Likeness How refreshing not to have the plot spotlighted on a kidnapped child amnesia or spouse beating This story focuses on the killing of a young woman and the cat and mouse games between the victim’s four housemates and an uncover detective who has moved into the house The detective Cassie Maddox who bears an uncanny likeness to the victim also is not being completely honest with her superior The mind games are not only intriguing but tension filled with a gradual buildup of almost unbearable pressure as the story progresses I had no idea where the author was taking us on this journey and loved the total unpredictability of the story Every sentence holds substance Readers who skim through novels are going to be at a disadvantage There were several times when I went back to reread a paragraph or even a page to make sure I had sueezed all the juice out of that passage This tale is not for action fans that want the facts just the facts bam bam bam This is for those who are not in a hurry and love to be slowly seduced by the gradual rise of dread and trepidation The ending is well done and the wrapup is leisurely and detailed just the way I like itThough the mystery is superb what I loved most was the masterful character study of Cassie Maddox We are allowed wide open access to Cassie’s thoughts and emotions Underlying this is the unparalleled consummate writing style of Ms French Cassie is faced with countless crossroads during the investigation many of which reuire split second decisions Watching this process play out time and again was spellbinding Cassie was relatively unscarred prior to coming to Dublin except for the unfortunate early deaths of her beloved parents but during In the Woods and The Likeness she was battered emotionally I found it nail biting to see if she could hang on long enough to get the job done Some reviewers have downrated The Likeness because the reader must be willing to go with a couple of improbable circumstances necessary for the premise I recognized these issues but was fortunate to be able to run with them and become totally captivated by the story The Dublin Murder Suad novels have uickly become one of my 3 4 most loved series Though the The Likeness can be read as a stand alone with Ms French feeding back data from In the Woods on an as needed basis I strongly recommend In the Woods be read first in order to preserve the total richness of The Likeness Don’t miss this remarkable collection


  7. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    If Operation Mirror was a real thing you would have to look out for the broken pieces on the floor Because I would have smashed itSigh Have you ever felt like you weren't reading the same book as your trusted I might add friends that you don't get it? Because right now I do Holy fuck I do And yet I was so ready to love everything about The Likeness In the Woods crushed me in the best way possible the premise of this seuel while rather ludicrous shoot me I don't believe for one second that someone could look so perfectly like me that she could fool my closed friends call me arrogant but Pl ease still awoke my interest and pretty much fascinated me I thought I would love the shit out of this book I thought I would dive in the third story instantly after finishing it Ha Not right now I won't If you hear a crushing sound it is likely to be my expectations painfully dying than any sob coming from me Why would I when I felt nothing? First of all I still very much enjoyed Tana French's writing most of the time at least Sure some of her descriptions made me itch to skim sometimes but overall it was consistent with In the Woods evocative and beautiful Moreover as I said earlier no matter how ridiculous and unbelievable the premise could be I overlooked my problems with it and enjoyed it for what it was a fascinating incursion into someone else's life Tana French hooked me on this one this I can't dismiss And unfortunately that's pretty much it The Likeness tried hard to be something it just wasn't A psychological thriller A character driven journey A dark diving into humans tricky mind Key word being It tried For me it failedThe problem is if the premise was interesting in my opinion the story wasn't near as developed as it could have been and my expectations were destroyed pretty fast It was just so boring okay? I'm not one for blaming a book for being character driven and many of my all time favorites aren't action packed But for this kind of books to work I need to feel something for the characters to crack their layers and connect to them I didn't Not for even a second and if any this is the reason why I disliked The Likeness and am so mad Where the fuck is the great characterization? No really Tell me So the Fantastic Four are weird? So their reactions are a little or a lot depending on the moment odd? So they're hiding something? SO WHAT? When and I mean it do they become something else than what Cassie is telling us? WHEN? After than 400 pages I still can't picture one of them I still can't say one interesting thing about them as characters I still can't point to one hidden layer in their personalities They're transparent and very much one dimensional to me In the end if there's something I will never forgive them it's this they never surprised me Never Past the first chapters they never showed me something I didn't already know or guess about them but played their parts as the good little soldiers they were Granted I didn't mind any of them including Cassie But that's the thing isn't it? Cassie changed through the story alright but I still can't get a sense of who she really is I didn't mind the characters I didn't hate nor love them I didn't care they're not real to me and never have been I don't know themDon't even get me started about Sam Who the fuck is this guy? For someone who's supposed to have such a big involvement in the MC's life the only thing I can say about him is that he's a nice guy Cheers Finally if I didn't abhor the ending I can't say that I was satisfied either Whilst I wasn't frustrated with In the Woods's conclusion and thought that the somewhat openness suited the story everything in The Likeness's ending feels lazy to me Lazy convenient rushed and worst than all that it crushed any pretense I had of caring about these characters It crushed the tiny hope I still held that the ending would somehow made it worth it It didn't I'm not over Rob though Actually I contemplated the fact that my dislike of this book could come from a wicked sense of loyalty towards him I think that it's complicated than that but it wouldn't be fair to dismiss this possibility even if it's only part of the problem Caring for Rob didn't annihilate my ability to appreciate other characters and it would be ridiculous of me to think so Yet his disappearance into thin air contributed to my frustration I'm lucid enough to acknowledge it even if it sounds unfair given that it wasn't his story I KNOW THAT Tell this to my broken heart Stubborn little shitNow what do I know? Most of my friends praised this book so don't mind me too much I'm gonna go sulking alone in my corner PS I'm still completely devastated over Rob and I cannot let it go my heart ache when I think of the way he's hanging somewhere so please tell me should I lose all hope for him? PS2 view spoilerI just realised that the call scene of book 1 must have taken place AFTER the end of book 2 because Sam and Cassie are engaged No I'm not crying No hide spoiler


  8. Lyn Lyn says:

    First of all and I just must say it this is about as unlikely a premise as can be explained outside the realm of speculative fiction This is after all a contemporary published in 2008 murder mystery set in a real live place on the planet Earth That said and in the spirit of Ray Bradbury “let’s get in the rocket ship and go to Mars”OK now that that is out of the way this is an AWESOME second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Suad series Not – not – not a seuel No French makes mention of 2007’s In the Woods and there are some of the same characters and same Irish setting and same police force Other than that this is something altogether newThis features a co protagonist from In the Woods badass spunky Celtic detective Cassie Maddox She has taken some time off after the events from French’s first book switched from the murder suad to domestic violence and is dating Sam Rob Ryan has moved on – he may as well be chasing the man in black across the wasteland – he’s mentioned sparinglyBut prior to being in murder she was an undercover cop and she and Detective Frank Mackey created an undercover alias for Cassie – Lexie Madison Made her up She wasn’t real just a fake name and ID so that Cassie could work undercoverSoImagine everyone’s surprise when Lexie Madison – who bears a striking LIKENESS to Cassie winds up stabbed in an abandoned famine house in County Wicklow south of DublinAnd so begins Tana French’s brilliant The Likeness A murder mystery in the same way that Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a crime fiction – it is that and so much And just like Porfiry and Raskolnikov's inevitable confrontation is hypnotic and magnetic so too is Cassie’s frenetic improbable but terrifyingly seductive infiltration of a tight group of friends By the end French has us hook line and sinker; we are enmeshed in her taut web of psychological intrigue and group dynamic thrillerAs In the Woods French here has created a microcosm of Irish and western civilization history wound up in a tight ball of sociological have at you that creeps in on the reader and leaves us tied up in a muddle of empathy and shared understandingFrench evokes a sense of friendship and loyalty that can be easily understood yet is intoxicating in its abstraction The five friends described – Daniel Abby Justin and Rafe and Lexie – have created a nirvana of twenty something belonging They have constructed a couch pillow fortress meant to stand the test of time But just as any house of cards is doomed French has revealed the fatal flaws in this group of friends that is heartbreaking in its inescapabilityAlso like In the Woods the author has conjured a sense of Ireland’s past that becomes tangible and in this context weirdly becomes an anachronistic suspect Can the ancient scars of slavery and class distinction manifest into a motive for violence? Can the ghosts of Oppressions Past animate the spirit of malevolent reality? French suggests plausibly that old wounds are gothicly slow to heal and still capable of harmFrench has also given us a uniue dual mystery to solve – not only must we move towards a finding of the murderer but here we must also establish who is the victim Recall that Lexie Madison was not real – she was a construct of an undercover police department used briefly to investigate criminal activity When detective Maddox moved on to the Murder Suad Lexie was a part in a play discarded and discontinued Until her very real cold body was found and colleagues of Cassie feverishly located her to discount that the discovered corpse was not her Here French has crafted a voyeuristic treasure of uneualed complexity that serves as a thinly designed framing device for the inimitable investigationFinally the author has given us a psychological character study of loneliness and Donne esue severance Can we escape family and friends and all connections? What does it mean to lose parents to be separated from our roots? Can we really just pick up and go and start over? These uestions are explored in an introspective thoughtful manner that invites further inuiry into solipsism long after the last page is turnedA very well written entertaining and thought provoking work


  9. Luffy Luffy says:

    It was easy to get behind Tana French's work and bear with some of the problems I had with it It had glitches like pacing and organizing the chapters in their orderBut I was also pleasantly surprised by the ease with which I could recall the characters and their motivationsI thought the book deserved 4 stars which is a score that I don't give willy nilly The Likeness earned this score I realize not many people will be swept by my recommendation if it's not their favorite genreFor those who have stuck with this series I think I'll join you in waiting for the next book and I hope the author does not lose her inspiration


  10. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    After a spell of reading not so good books I wanted to something that would blow me away While discussing different genresseries with friends Tana French was mentioned Even though Broken Harbor did not impressed me but I was ready to gamble after all I was not on a spree where I was reading great stories one after the other and worry about jinxing the lucky streakAnd once again after 30% mark I was doubting if I picked wrong book I had so many uestions which in my opinion characters should be asking about this whole situation but they're going with the flow So I too decided to read some before giving up and I am glad that I stick with this book because after a certain point these characters made me throw the caution and doubt out of the window and just immerse myself in the devious minds of theirs I loved how French ripped off these characters layer by layer At first they seem like these carefree bunch who don't need the world if they had each other and for a time they had but once the tragedy struck nothing was same No matter how hard they tried to stick together but soon cracks started to show and reached a point where they no longer could be mend Tana French did it so mercilessly stripping these five characters to the bare minimal where every secret came out and every insecurity that they ever had reared up its ugly head and blew away the warm cocoon that they had made for themselves In the end I fell in love with how French played with human emotions here It was almost unbearable at times where I put the book aside and thought about how fragile humans are even if they seem or pretend to be strong on outside but once something start eating out them from inside they just become a shellHighly recommended


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