I haven't read anything by Bayard. French's In The Woods was extremely well-written - but plot-wise? Let's just say that the plot had some big gaping holes in it. In fact, the central mystery was left unsolved, with a hint that something mysterious had done it. It would be like reading a page turning thriller only to learn that aliens or time travel or something like that were the solution to the who-done-it.
Still, that didn't stop me from putting a library hold on The Likeness - even though it hinges on a totally improbable idea, that a cop discovers that a dead woman bears an uncanny likeness to her and takes her place. Unless they are twins separated at birth, I don't think that would really work. Still, I will read it for the quality of the writing, which I hope will again be stellar.
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