The Likeness by Tana French
Cassie is settling into her new department, Domestic Violence, at the Dublin Police when her boyfriend calls her up in a panic. Sam is murder police and he wants Cassie to meet him at a remote cabin immediately. He sounds both extremely upset and relieved and she tries to put him off, but he is insistent that she meet him at the crime scene now. Cassie arrives to find a dead woman at the cabin and Sam looking pale and disoriented. She soon finds out why, the woman who was stabbed to death is a dead ringer for her.
The dead girl is also not who she says she is. The girl’s ID claims she’s Lexie Madison which is the alias Cassie was using back when she was working undercover. Lexie Madison never really existed. Cassie’s former boss, Frank Mackey, has an idea. Cassie will be put back undercover as Lexie, they will say she didn’t die in the attack since the crime hasn’t yet been reported, and as Lexie she can figure out who tried to kill her. Cassie moves into Lexie’s life, into an old manor house with four other graduate students who make an interesting family, one that Cassie is starting to really enjoy. But did one of the four try to kill her double? And will they try to kill her again?
This is a long audiobook, 20 discs, but it is a great one. The reader does wonderful accents and voices and the story really keeps you guessing. French is an expert at keeping her reader’s attention by throwing out bits of information and both the detective and reader need to puzzle out what is important and what is not. I also liked how it tied into the previous book, but you didn’t need to read it to enjoy this one. Cassie was a secondary character in the first book, like Frank Mackey is a secondary character in this one. In the next in the series, Frank takes center stage and the next long road trip I have I’ll be taking that book along with me.