In the The Likeness, Tana French blurs the line between mystery thriller and literary fiction with a haunting look at what can go wrong when we refuse to accept the impermanence of a beautiful moment in time. In order to solve a murder, Detective Cassie Maddox goes undercover and infiltrates a tight-knit group of graduate students (one of whom is the killer) living in an old farm house in the Irish countryside. French skillfully draws us in as Maddox becomes emotionally involved with the group and longs more and more to be the woman she is impersonating. Eerie, bone chilling, sinister. A first-rate thriller.