Lauren Leto

Tana French

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on December 7, 2009

I read In The Woods and The Likeness. Both were great, but not that great. The first two build off one another and I’m assuming French is planning on continuing the character’s stories. I finished both books in under 48 hours and absolutely loved them, could not tear myself away.

However, both books have covers that are decorated with tons of awards. And they aren’t that great. While the storyline is interesting, she doesn’t bring it into a complete circle. And it isn’t like an open-ended narrative that lends to the effect, it is more that she couldn’t bring herself to think of a good enough ending. There’s a huge build up and then a mildly surprising ending. Actually, I would not use the word “surprising”. The book manages to be engaging, even all the way to the end. But the reason the book engaged me was because I was so eager for answers. The answers I got were bland and obvious. I guessed the endings in both books from the first moment the killer appeared in the plot line.

That being said, she might write some more books in this series and really surprise me. We’ll see. A search online has turned up nothing about her future plans for books.

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  1. Stephen K said, on December 7, 2009 at 3:58 am

    You read books REALLY fast!

    And acclaim and awards doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll love a book. Rather controversially, when I read “Catcher in the Rye” way back when, expecting (given the reputation) the best book I’d ever picked up, plus I’m massive fan of stream-of-consciousness, but I ended up massively disappointed. Ultimately it all boils down to opinion, doesn’t it? There’s nothing that will be universally loved.

  2. Year in Reading « Book Nerding said, on December 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    […] – In The Woods and The Likeness by Tana French. Review here: https://laurenleto.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/tana-french/ […]

  3. The Secret History « Lauren Leto said, on February 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

    […] similar to The Likeness in that the main characters are an insular group of eccentric college students. However, The Secret […]


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