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The Likeness by Tana French French is one of my favourite crime authors. In fact, she is one of my favourite authors, full stop.
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This, her second novel, revolves around the physical resemblance of Detective Cassie Maddox to murder victim Lexie Madison, and involves Cassie going undercover as Lexie and trying to tempt the murderer out of hiding to finish the job. The main plot focuses on the love-triangle between Duke Orsino, Olivia and Viola, who is disguised for most of the play as a young man named Cesario.
Cue a show-stealing Malvolio in his yellow stockings …. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling Rowling uses fake identities on numerous occasions throughout the Harry Potter series, and even invents a potion that allows characters to morph, temporarily, into others.
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But to my mind, her most triumphant application of the device comes in her depiction of Severus Snape. Perhaps I am cheating here slightly, because Snape never actually pretends to be someone else. Enemy or ally? Not only that — part of the mystery is the identity of Aiden himself. Why is he being forced to endure the trial he is, and why is somebody else so desperate to see him fail? This is one of my favourite reads of the past year.
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Cline takes the concept of fake identities into the age of the internet — and significantly beyond. In the year , virtually everyone uses the OASIS, a virtual reality universe, to escape who they really are and to construct the avatar they want to be. Or is it?
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The book moves along at such a pace, it is easy to overlook the powerful and very timely message at its core. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith One of the great characters in fiction, Tom Ripley is charming, dapper and utterly amoral — a con artist and eventual serial killer who somehow makes you smile.
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In the first of the Ripley books, he assumes the identity of Dickie Greenleaf, after first battering him to death with an oar. But when the false identity catches up with him, he is obliged to kill again. Even so he finds himself trapped, until his true identity offers him a way out. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan The teacher who is really an avenging demon, the sculptor who is really Medusa, the biker who is really the God of War — plus, of course, the boy who is really the son of Poseidon, with all the powers that lineage confers.
My kids love these books. So do I. Another novel in which the physical likeness between two women — here Laura Fairlie and Anne Catherick — becomes the cause of their crossed identities, to the extent that one of them is buried under a mislabelled gravestone, and the other is committed to an asylum. Watch Come Home on Amazon. When Jacko Argyle dies in prison, sent there for a crime he never committed, his family have to face the facts and find out which one of them really did the deed.
Watch Ordeal by Innocence on Amazon. This was a highly anticipated new thriller series from Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Killing Eve is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, the 8-part adaptation stars Sandra Oh Grey's Anatomy as Eve, a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. Doctor Foster 's Jodie Comer, meanwhile, will be Villanelle, a fearsome assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her. When Eve is tasked with tracking down Villanelle before she can strike again, the two women are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game that turns the traditional spy-thriller on its head.
What else would we expect from the rather remarkable Waller-Bridge? Watch Killing Eve on Amazon. Guy Pearce stars as a mysterious character in Netflix's eight-part supernatural teen drama from Hania Elkington and Simon Duric. The story revolves around Harry and June, a pair of young, star-crossed lovers who are determined to escape their repressive families and be together forever, but it turns out that they have both been gifted with strange powers beyond their control, and which may ultimately ruin their romantic plans.
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Sky Atlantic ventured into the realm of historical epicness with Britannia , a ten-part series from Spectre and Black Mass co-writer Jez Butterworth. Expect period costumes and plentiful bloodletting. All ten episodes were available on demand from January 18th, and series two is coming soon. Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn play said detectives, who stumble onto proof of the impending end of days while investigating the death of a hacker.
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Based on her own childhood memories, McGee has crafted Derry Girls as a chuckle-worthy coming of age story dressed in grim s garb and set against a dark backdrop. The series premiered on January 4th and series two is currently airing on Tuesday nights on Channel 4. Watch Derry Girls on All4. Panjabi plays a GP named Mona, with Davenport playing her husband. The show started on January 8th.
Watch Next of Kin on Amazon. Sarah Lancashire Happy Valley , Last Tango In Halifax stars as Miriam, a no-nonsense social worker who is put under a lot of public scrutiny when a young girl named Kiri goes missing. This four-part thriller premiered on Channel 4 on January 10th. Watch Kiri on Amazon. David Morrissey had a big year! Readers of a certain age will remember that Thorpe was tried and acquitted of conspiring to murder Scott. Troy: Fall Of A City promised to be massive. The cast was mostly unknowns, making this something of a gamble. Watch Troy, Fall of a City on Amazon. Considine plays a Counter-Terrorism officer who coerces a second generation Pakistani Londoner Nabhaan Rizwan to go undercover in a terrorist organisation and report back.
Westworld alum Johnny Campbell is calling the directorial shots. Watch Informer on Amazon. This means we will be getting a Victorian-era alien invasion story set in the leafy suburbs of Surrey. Based on the Lottie Moggach novel of the same name, this promised to be a teen drama with a dark twist. Watch Kiss Me First on Amazon. Set over four days in modern-day London, the series centres on the senseless murder of a pizza deliveryman. Clarkson, who recently shot episodes of Jessica Jones and The Defenders , directs. Watch Collateral on Netflix.
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