The Other TypistBook - 2013
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.
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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 dsbookgroup.blogspot.com. 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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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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