Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition and the whole city swims in bathtub gin.

Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangsters and murderers that pass through the precinct. While she may disapprove of the details, she prides herself on typing up the goriest of crimes without batting an eyelid.

But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist's spell. As do her bosses, the buttoned up Lieutenant Detective and the fatherly Sergeant. As the two girls' friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before Rose's fascination for her new colleague turns to obsession.

But just who is the real Odalie, and how far will Rose go to find out?
This insomniac's opinion:
I loved this one, bookish buddies!
The roaring twenties. Gatsby-ish intrigue and a smoothly written plot line with a delightful twist at the end. Lovely.
Rose is the rather unlikeable and flawed typist who gets taken under the wing of the smooth, beautiful and fascinating Odalie. The mystery of who the mysterious Odalie is slowly unravels throughout the novel, ending in a searing twist.
If you like novels set in the roaring twenties or novels with a twist, this one is for you!
Worth staying up all night to read?
Good luck stopping once Odalie arrives on the scene!
Rating: 4 stars