Monday, August 31, 2015

The Other Typist

Book: The Other Typist
Author:  Suzanne Rindell

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?-Goodreads

Review: This book was a delicious mix of Single White Female, The Great Gatsby and the Talented Mr. Ripley. Rose Baker is an uptight typist who develops a fast friendship/obsession with another typist, Odalie. Rose is not particularly likable and the author does way too much foreshadowing throughout the book so readers are not surprised that we are building up to some unfortunate event. This book was a slow burn but I loved it by the end. 

Now, let's talk about that ending (while being spoiler free). Readers will either love or hate the ending. It's open ended and the author won't even say how readers are supposed to interpret it. Personally, it worked for me and made me think about the book for weeks after I finished it. I cannot wait for the movie to come out!

Grade: 5/5

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