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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 (9 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)
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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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15 of 15 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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 30 May 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
With "The Other Typist" Suzanne Rindell has achieved a number of things, all of which add up to make this one of the best novels I have had the pleasure of reading this year. Set in 1920's America, during the time of Prohibition, it follows the story of Rose, a Police typist, and her blossoming friendship with the newest girl to join the typing pool, Odalie. Their days spent typing up the confessions of criminals, their nights spent in quite a different fashion, we follow the girls over the full course of their friendship from the day they meet. Neither are quite as they appear however, and you will quickly become immersed into their world and you won't come up for air until you are sure there is no more left to know. Told entirely from the point of view of Rose, you trace their friendship from first meeting to where it all goes, well frankly, a bit pear shaped.
Ms Rindell's sense of place is fantastic - the best I've seen in a long time. An evocative time, when women were just beginning to come into their own in a world that was very much coming to terms with itself, you can almost smell the smells and see the sights right there along with our protagonist.
The writing is witty and clever - Rose is a bit of a prude, and her opinions on how "young ladies" should conduct themselves are at times laugh out loud funny - several times I found myself re-reading certain portions with great amusement - and the excellent prose serves the story well.
Odalie is one of those characters you are unlikely to ever forget (Anyone who has read Erin Kelly's fantastic "The Poison Tree" and remembers how Biba made you feel will know exactly what I am talking about) and she and Rose are pretty much polar opposites - hence really why the whole thing works so well.
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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 14 hours 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
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Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by Jaycee
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
dissappointing
Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago by Daisyreader
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