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 The Likeness

by Tana French

"The usual sequel takes characters from an established book or series and then moves them on toward new adventures. But The Likeness, Tana French’s second novel, has a much tighter bond with its predecessor. Her first book was the Edgar-winning In the Woods, in which a police detective named Cassie Maddox took on an undercover role. Cassie became a college student named Alexandra Madison in the course of a long investigation that left Cassie with stab wounds and nightmares. But the fictitious Lexie Madison is long gone by the time The Likeness begins.

"Except she’s not. Cassie is pulled off her current beat, domestic violence, and sent back to work on a murder investigation. The reasons for the switch are grimly self-evident once Cassie gets a look at the victim. Not for nothing is the new case labeled Operation Mirror: there is a dead Lexie Madison, and she looks like the spitting image of Cassie. But Lexie was supposed to be a figment of Cassie’s imagination...." -- New York Times