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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780340937983

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‘One of the best crime writers working today’ Guardian

‘The Likeness isn’t just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel’ Sunday Independent

Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder Squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam ONeill. But she’s too badly shaken to commit to him, or to her career.

When Sam calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What’s more, her ID says she is Lexie Madison – the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective.

With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie’s real identity, Cassie’s old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in the dead girl’s place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.

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'Tana French's IN THE WOODS is a terrific debut . . . French's psychological insights into the damaged policeman's torment combine grippingly with the clammy atmosphere that surrounds the lethal woods. As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks.'
Marcel Berlins, <i>The Times</i> on IN THE WOODS
'Lyrical and haunting'
<i>Scotland on Sunday</i> on IN THE WOODS
'A real show-stopper of a thriller . . . Author tightens the tension slowly until squealing point; Ryan's increasingly taut relationship with Maddox is woven cunningly around the crime plot. A splendid, page-turning debut.'
<i>She</i>on IN THE WOODS
'A compellingly complex case with nuanced characters and a richly detailed sense of place'
<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>on IN THE WOODS
'French expertly walks the line between police procedurial and psychological thriller in her debut.'
<i>Publishers Weekly</i>on IN THE WOODS
'A brilliant first novel . . . the reader's attention is slackened and tightened with a masterly hand.'
<i>Literary Review</i>on IN THE WOODS
'Beneath the lyrical descriptions of hot summers and happy childhood memories in small town Ireland lies an unsettling psychological thriller... A compelling page-turner of sinuous twists and turns.'
<i>Choice Magazine</i>on IN THE WOODS
'The most breathtakingly brilliant and close-to-perfect thriller I've read for a long time. I stayed up until three in the morning two nights running unable to put it down.'
Sophie Hannah on IN THE WOODS
'A must-read is Irish writer Tana French's IN THE WOODS, a literary, dark and absolutely compelling book set in Dublin where all manner of secrets are unearthed.'
<i>Reviewing the evidence</i>on IN THE WOODS
'This astonishing first novel weaves a web of intrigue to confound even the most astute: and its denouement, swift, shocking and sublimely executed, will remain with the reader long after the final page has been turned.'
Margaret Carragher <i>Sunday Independent</i> Dublin on IN THE WOODS
'A new light in Irish crime writing'
Sunday Independent
'Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive
Irish Mail on Sunday