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The Other Typist [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Rindell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Darkly, addictively entertaining, with a plot twist Hitchcock would have been proud of (The Sunday Times)

An unreliable narrator makes this enchanting jazz-age thriller a clever and addictive debut (Guardian)

A sleek story of dangerous shenanigans, bootleggers and unreliable narrators, set in the unflappable Jazz Age (Marie Claire)

The real thrill of this book is that nothing is what it seems. Not least Rose, who reveals herself to be the most untrustworthy of storytellers . . . the book turns into an elegantly controlled emotional thriller with so many twists and turns that there is every chance you will have to read it in one sitting. Hard to believe this is Rindell's first book - and I'm already looking forward to her second (Daily Mail)

Elegant, edgy, stylish . . . I was reminded of Zoe Heller's classic Notes on a Scandal - but with dollops of Sex and the City for welcome Manhattan glamour (Sunday Independent)

A mysterious central character, stunning writing and an ending that will leave you reeling makes The Other Typist the kind of book you can't get out of your head (Good Housekeeping)

I was absolutely gripped, I loved it (Alex Heminsley The Claudia Winkleman Arts Show, BBC Radio 2)

The tension slowly rises as Rose is inextricably wrapped up in Odalie's strange world - one in which this glamorous stranger constantly reinvents her past (Daily Express)

An intense psychological thriller that will appeal to fans of Notes on a Scandal (Sunday Mirror)

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 . . . deliciously addictive (Kirkus Reviews)

A genuinely delightful, witty page turner, full of surprises (Diva)

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The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is a thrilling tale of the intoxicating and dark side of friendship.



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?



'A mysterious central character, stunning writing and an ending that will leave you reeling makes The Other Typist the kind of book you can't get out of your head' Good Housekeeping



'A genuinely delightful, witty page turner, full of surprises' Diva



'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 . . . deliciously addictive' Kirkus Reviews



Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. The Other Typist is her first novel. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a second novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399161465
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADXDZW4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. The Other Typist is her first novel. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a second novel.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is Odalie? 31 May 2013
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
New York, 1924, the time of prohibition, and we are in the company of Rose Baker, a rather plain, mousey-brown young woman, who works as a typist in a police precinct on the Lower East Side. Rose has a rather drab existence; she dresses in quiet, sensible clothes and lives in a boarding house, sharing a room with another girl whom she dislikes intensely. Accepting her lot in life, Rose spends her days at the precinct, typing up the confessions of criminals, gangsters and hoodlums, priding herself on being able to record the nastiest of crimes without really turning a hair. Apart from certain aspects of her work, Rose does not find her life very interesting; but then, Rose is not really a very interesting person - or is she?

When the beautiful, glamorous and sexually-confident Odalie begins working at the precinct, with her fashionable clothes and her glossy bobbed hair, Rose finds herself becoming totally and utterly captivated by the new typist and then life begins to get very interesting indeed. Before Rose knows it, Odalie has invited Rose to live with her in her suite of hotel rooms (the rent of which is paid for by Odalie's 'father') and soon Rose is wearing Odalie's clothes and smoking Odalie's cigarettes, visiting speakeasies, drinking illegal alcohol and dancing the Charleston and the Black Bottom. For Rose, the 'Roaring Twenties' has just begun, but her growing fascination with Odalie quickly turns to obsession - an obsession that can only end in tragedy...

First-person narrated by Rose, and told entirely from her perspective, the reader soon becomes aware that Rose is not a reliable narrator.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Typist is intriguing ... 24 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Other Typist is a wonderful entertainment, a real page-turner, set in 1920s New York, in the age of prohibition.

Rose Baker tells the story. She was raised in a convent and had to make her own way in the world. She worked for the police, as stenographer and typist; she rented a room in a boarding house; and she took a great pride in her moral code and her emotional control. She was living, but she didn't really have a life.

Everything changed when a new typist was hired.

"On that particular day, she entered very calmly and quietly, but I knew; it was like the eye of a hurricane. She was the dark epicenter of something we didn't quite understand yet, the place where hot and cold mixed dangerously, and around her everything would change."

Odalie was charismatic, fashionable, modern, and the whole department was quickly won over by her.

Rose's feelings towards Odalie were complex: a horribly recognisable mixture of fascination and jealousy. She wanted to be friends, to have everything that she knew would come to her as a friend of Odalie, but she wouldn't make the approach, she wanted Odalie to come to her. And, in time, Odalie did.

Rose helped Odalie at work, and Odalie introduced Rose to speakeasies, loaned her lovely clothes, and even invited her to share her apartment. Rose didn't think to ask why Odalie wanted to be friends with her, or why Odalie was working for the police department when she seemed to have the world at her feet and money to burn ...

There was, of course, a very good reason ...

It wouldn't be fair to say more, but this book had me asking questions from the first page to the last, and I just had to keep turning the pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Typist 1 Aug 2014
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This fascinating novel is narrated by Rose Baker, a young typist at the police precinct in Lower East Side Manhattan in 1924. Rose is a rather repressed young woman, who dresses soberly, is rather prudish and yet, raised as an orphan, is almost desperate for love. At first this is betrayed by her faithful admiration for the Sergeant; a married man who she dreams of caring for, noting when his wife has neglected to pack his lunch with indignation. She lives in a boarding house, the room she shares with the gossipy Helen separated by a sheet. In fact, despite living in prohibition New York, her life is drab and down and heel.

One day, into the precinct – and into her life – sweeps the charismatic and exotic Odalie Lazare. With her beautiful looks, modern bobbed hair, expensive outfits and utter self confidence, she gradually befriends Rose. Before she realises what has happened, and how it compromises her, Rose is rooming in her expensive hotel, drinking in speakeasies and taking dangerous chances...

Although Rose is our narrator, we soon realise that we cannot completely trust her point of view. She admits that she is in a hospital and mentions meetings with a doctor, so we know that – during the story - something bad happens. As events unfold, we see things through her eyes – from secret drinking dives, to expensive weekend beach parties, as she begins to realise how out of her depth she is. The author cleverly allows us access to some of Rose’s misunderstandings – such as her inability to see the Lieutenant Detective’s interest in her for example- while leaving other parts of the plot more ambiguous.

In a way, the twists and turns of this plot is almost unimportant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, I read it for a book club
A good book, I read it for a book club. Only criticism I would have is that the author is trying a little too hard to emulate The Great Gatsby but overall an interesting read.
Published 1 month ago by AngelainSingapore
4.0 out of 5 stars I was recommended this book to read and once I started reading ...
I was recommended this book to read and once I started reading it, found it hard to put down. Other reviews have summed up the story, a 'twist' in the end, which I had to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brendasonas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Unusual book and rather creepy but quite a page turner.
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Levene
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get into, but worth it ...
Took a while to get into, but worth it. Provoked much discussion at my book group about truth, and just what the true version of events was in this book.
Published 2 months ago by Jaycee
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
dissappointing
Published 2 months ago by Sue Pegrum
4.0 out of 5 stars Great twist
Still not sure if I got it. Might have to read it again.
Published 3 months ago by A. Loughrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Just .... ok...
I found the writing a bit clunky and the ending muddled, thought it could have been better detailed to evoke the era as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sian848
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
An interesting read. I grew to like 'Rose' and her adherence to bygone values, despite finding some aspects of that character amusingly prim and proper. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Rees
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better paced
Set in New York at the beginning of Prohibition. This book tells the story of a young typist called Rose Baker, who works at a police precinct recording the police interrogations... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
This book is sadly a pretty tedious read. It started off well, with good description of its initial setting - the New York police precinct. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daisyreader
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