Time’s up! The winner of The Likeness by Tana French is Annie from Reading, Writing, & Ranting! Congratulations, Annie! I’ve sent you an email for your mailing address.
Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I’VE READ THIS YEAR. Truly, seriously, I’m not even kidding, I can’t stop thinking about this book. What’s different from my other favorite books this year? Well, we can’t really compare this book with my other favorite books, as they’re different genres. Soo…just suffice it to say I’ve never given a book the rating I will be giving The Likeness.
You don’t have to read In the Woods to read or understand The Likeness. The Likeness takes place a couple of months after In the Woods ends, and the author deftly weaves together the two storylines. But if you haven’t read In the Woods, just go read it, because it’s good, it really is, it’s just not blow-my-mind-make-me-want-to-be-in-the-book-good.
The Likeness is narrated by Cassie Maddox, who used to work in Murder but now works in Domestic Violence. Her boyfriend, Sam, calls her frantically one day and insists she come look at a body, and when she does, she sees why he was so frantic: the woman looks EXACTLY LIKE HER. Dun dun dun! And even weirder, the woman’s ID says she’s Alexandra Madison, which is the identity Cassie had made up when she’d gone undercover for some drug bust. Weird, huh? It gets better.
So Cassie’s old boss from when she was undercover, Frank, asks her to go undercover AGAIN as Alexandra Madison AGAIN so they can find out who killed the FAKE Alexandra Madison. And she agrees to do it.
So Alexandra (Lexie), when she’s all “healed up” from her attack, goes back to her house, and she happens to live in this huge house with four other people: Abby, Daniel, Rafe, and Justin. Something weird is going on, but Lexie can’t seem to figure it out, and after a while she doesn’t WANT to figure it out. Her four friends have enveloped her back into their life and their familiarity and routine, and their love for one another is so addictive that eventually she’s wondering if she even wants to go back to her old life. Maybe she’ll just stay in this new life as Lexie.
I’m not even joking, go read this book right now. Oh, but read In the Woods first. Sorry. I fro-got.
I wish I could esplain to you the awesomeness that is The Likeness. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to because I’m over here just moaning over how good the book was. My husband would say I’m dirty for moaning like this over a book, but I don’t care.
Tana French is a masterful storyteller, creating a need in my world that I didn’t even know existed. My friend and I wish she would write faster.
Rating: 100 out of 100 (you should note this is the first time I’ve given a book this kind of rating, and it probably won’t happen again for a looong time)
Lucky you! I have an extra copy (and sure as shit this is NOT MY COPY because you couldn’t pry this book out of my cold dead fingers) to giveaway to some lucky duck. I begged and pleaded with Penguin to give me a copy to give away to you peoples, and they graciously agreed. Aren’t they nice? So all you people who don’t win: GO BUY THE BOOK.
Here’s how you can enter:
- Leave a comment telling me how many pets you have (this has absolutely nothing to do with the book, but “enter me please” is so boring). That will get you one entry. Anyone who doesn’t do this will not be entered!
- To get three more entries, post about this on your blog with a link back to this post.
- If you don’t have a blog, email five friends telling them about this giveaway and cc me on the email so I know you’ve sent it. This will get you three more entries. If you have a blog and still want to email five friends, be my guest.
The whole wide world can enter, but if you win and you live outside of the US and Canada, please understand I will send this book the cheapest way possible. Meaning it’ll get on a donkey, reach the ocean, where it will then end up on a fish, which will deliver it to a whale, which will take it to the shore closest to you, so that some mangy mutt can grab it and deliver it to you, only for you to find that the mangy mutt won’t give it up without exchanging it for a little bit of meat. So beware.
***Edited to add: Deadline is November 4th at 11:59pm, PT.