IN THE WOODS had left me so heartbroken and incensed, THE LIKENESS had to lure me in like a wounded animal. Once I picked it up, once Cassie had her voice in my ear, I was seduced. I read half the book in a blink, had all those old familiar feelings of passion and impending doom in my heart, and had to force myself to put it down and walk away. French writes about a particularly heartbreaking type of friendship, those young, no-boundaries ties that are the thrilling, high-octane pleasure of youth. I think that was what devastated me at the end of IN THE WOODS. As much as I complained about loose ends and unsatisfying mysteries, I was really mourning the loss of Cassie and Rob's perfect little kingdom of two. Halfway through THE LIKENESS, I was once again emotionally invested in a happy household of friends, as brainwashed as Cassie to think there could ever be a happy ending. And poor Sam. He deserves so much more than the be the symbol of growing up and giving up and selling out... but there you have it. There's nothing healthy or productive about Cassie's other options, but French makes you yearn for them.
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