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The Other Typist

Rindell, Suzanne (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Other Typist


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Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.
Authors: Rindell, Suzanne
Title: The other typist
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, [2013]
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Suzanne Rindell
Notes: "Amy Einhorn Books"-- Title page
Summary: Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.
ISBN: 9780399161469
0399161465
Branch Call Number: FICTION RINDELL 2013
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Report This Feb 09, 2014
  • sigridmac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great read. I particularly liked the narrator, Rose, a rather bland and timid sort who meets up with Odalie, an exotic risk-taker. The story takes place during prohibition and is reminiscent of the Great Gatsby in parts. Thoroughly enjoyable except that I found the end confusing and subject to multiple interpretations.

Report This Oct 17, 2013
  • maven rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too tedious and boring to finish...

Report This Oct 10, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My goodness that was a good book. Really, I picked this book up at the library about 5 min before it closed just because I like the name. (pathetic right?) I'm so glad I did though, it was an amazing first novel. I don't want to ruin the plot line by giving away any of the story, but read this novel - it's amazing.

Report This Sep 19, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a well-crafted, entertaining, psychological thriller about friendship and deception in a pair of female friends. My one complaint was that, after a LOT of buildup, the climax/breakdown was handled rather perfunctorily. Still, a real page-turner!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: An excellent book! Although it was a bit slow, it definitely kept my interest.

Report This Aug 06, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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 spell of the new typist, Odalie, who is carefree and extravagant and introduces her to the thrilling NYC underworld of speakeasies and gambling dens. Of course, Odalie is not what she seems, and it turns out that Rose is not all what she seems, either. This is a devilishly fun read, filled with pitch perfect descriptions of Jazz Age goings-on. Even though the ending doesn't entirely satisfy, this is still worth reading, and I'll be looking for Rindell's next novel. Oddly enough, I started this novel right after reading Erin Kelly's THE POISON TREE, which is set in London in the 1990s but has a similar story of a straitlaced young woman falling under another woman's spell. If you like THE OTHER TYPIST, check it out.

Report This Jul 26, 2013
  • MLS69 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to her next book. I could hardly put it down.

Report This Jul 20, 2013
  • rakusa88 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Orphaned Rose Baker makes a living as a prudent typist for the NYPD during the 1920's. Despite her reticence, she befriends the new typist and is swept into Odalie's world of extravagance and speakeasies. An immersive experience from the first page and a page-turner to the end. Rose is an intriguing narrator. She is fastidious, responsible and observant yet she evasively alludes to future details that call her reliability into question. Of course, these hints only makes her tale more compelling. My qualms with the story, without spoiling too much, are directed at the conclusion. I felt like it was wrapped up in a hurry. To maintain the ambiguity, the author gave up on the details and threads that made the lead-up so riveting. Thus, it ends in style and speculation instead of what I believe is ultimately more satisfying (and more Rose-like), hard facts and closure.

Report This Jul 17, 2013
  • Malca rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fascinating story of two young typists/transcribers working for the N.Y. Police Department . Who is Odalie? What is her true background? For those who love The Great Gatsby & have similar questions about Gatsby.

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Report This Sep 19, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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