The Other Typist

The Other Typist

Book - 2013
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"Take a dollop of Alfred Hitchcock, a dollop of Patricia Highsmith, throw in some Great Gatsby flourishes, and the result is Rindell's debut, a pitch-black comedy about a police stenographer accused of murder in 1920s Manhattan.... A deliciously addictive, cinematically influenced page-turner, both comic and provocative." -- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

For fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Great Gatsby comes one of the most memorable unreliable narrators in years.
Rose Baker seals men's fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee.

This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. Yet prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under Odalie's spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie's high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399161469
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rindell Suzanne 04/2013
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm


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JCLJanineM Aug 20, 2015

Read this fascinating tale of how Rose was undone by Odalie, the other typist. Sort through the events and use your detection skills to decide if the events Rose describes are true. Or not. You are welcome to share your thoughts about this book at We hope to hear from you.

The blockbuster THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins has reached unprecedented levels of popularity. Suzanne Rindell's tale of a single woman in 1920's New York shares the same dangerous obsessive drive with GIRL - the kind of obsession that rivets readers to the page. Be sure to check this one... Read More »

JCLGreggW Aug 06, 2013

Suzanne Rindell's first novel shows tons of promise. In THE OTHER TYPIST, set in Prohibition New York City where Rose, a conservative young woman who works as a typist for a local police precinct, types out the statements of the criminals who come through the department. She soon falls under the ... Read More »

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Mar 06, 2020

As a rule, I give an author 50 pages to hook me into his/her story. If it fails, the book is returned. I trudged through the first 50 pages but was convinced it had to pick up. I was not disappointed - that is, until the end. It was abrupt and odd leaving me saying: what?!

In retrospect and reflection on the narrator and her story, I have an idea what the author may have been trying to imply - which may be wrong - but it helps me buy the ending rather than accepting the alternative - which does not fly well.

May 01, 2017

Overall good. had a hard time putting it down but it was a bit anti-climatic for the ending

LibraryPixie Feb 19, 2017

Everyone else seems to have liked this book but I found it such hard work. The first half I had to drag and cajole myself to read. The intrigue and plot did pick up but then the ending left me flat, dazed and confused. Did anyone else not really know what the ending meant? Quite unsatisfying.

CatherineG_1 Jul 24, 2016

Loved this book. Wanted to read this with a book club. Had to go online to get some questions answered by other readers. Really well done, long before Gone Girl.

Jul 20, 2016

Everything was going along the usual course of reading, and suddenly – the ending. I re-read it several times - wondering maybe I missed something from the first reading. No. I returned to the beginning of the book – maybe I didn’t notice important clue that was there. Not
I decided to look on the Internet if others have written about this book. And it turns out that there are many deployed blogs, discussions, etc., in which READERS ARE discussing the ending of the book and are searching for an answer to the question - what does it mean and what is the correct conclusion. And most interesting is that the author did it on purpose, as she repeatedly said in numerous interviews after the publication of the book.
In order to engage readers take an active part, so to speak, in the thinking and conjecturing what is actually true?
Surely she has achieved it. I too have come to my own conclusions, and I do not have to puzzle anymore. It is there, in the book, you just have to analyze a little bit more than usual. But I think it is absolutely unfair to the reader, who doesn’t have to "finishing" work, it is not a school assignment. There are other ways to draw attention to talk about book. This part I did not like.

Jul 06, 2016

This is part of the Summer Reading Club as part of the twists and turns. The staff had posted a sticker on the cover saying if you like "Gone Girl" you will like this. Very true. I was captivated right from the beginning. I would recommend it as a must for your summer reading stack.

Feb 17, 2016

One of the best books I've read. Very similar to Gone Girl in the suspense factor.

JCLJanineM Aug 20, 2015

Read this fascinating tale of how Rose was undone by Odalie, the other typist. Sort through the events and use your detection skills to decide if the events Rose describes are true. Or not. You are welcome to share your thoughts about this book at We hope to hear from you.

Tyler__J Jun 11, 2015

A captivating voice, well paced, with a strong sense of place. Equal parts Alfred Hitchcock and F. Scott Fitzgerald. An ending that is surprising and inevitable.

Smart escapist fun.

Jun 07, 2015

Psychological thriller set in the 1920's about a woman who becomes obsessed with another woman who work as typist for a police precinct. They become quite good friends albeit to detriment of the more docile one. Great writing. I can't compliment the author enough about her knowledge of vocabulary - the way she uses it with maximum effect. Syntax is also magnificent; looking forward to reading more from her. Didn't like the ending though.

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mvkramer Sep 19, 2013

Rose is a rare girl - she works as a police typist in 1923 New York. An orphan, Rose longs for companionship and a friend to share her life with. As if on cue, in comes the glamorous, beautiful Odalie Lazare who quickly bewitches not only Rose, but the entire department. Odalie cultivates Rose's devotion, but her sinister secrets put Rose in danger. Is Odalie setting Rose up for a fall?


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