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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.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399161469
0399161465
Branch Call Number: FICTION RINDELL 2013
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm

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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 worl... Read More »

A twisty book. Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department during Prohibition, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes. She becomes obsessed with a glamorous new typist and her world of bobbed hair, smoking, and speakeasies. The question is, who is telling the truth and what ex... Read More »

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 worl... Read More »

In 1923, Rose Baker is a typist in the NYC Police Department. But when a glamorous new girl joins the typing pool, Rose falls under her spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, Rose is drawn fully into a high stakes world.


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Jan 20, 2015
  • eringate rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. That is until the last 3 pages. I've heard of stories having disappointing endings, but this one just down right confused me! I love that it takes place during the 1920's prohibition era; minus some of the technological advances that we enjoy today, the story feels fresh! I would recommend this book because it is very well written and has lots of twists and turns. Problem end, the twists and turns don't end anywhere that leaves the reader satisfied.

Sep 02, 2014
  • kingofkensington rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first book I consciously read that had an 'unreliable narrator' - it's a very good read and had me captivated.

Jul 06, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a great book. Very well-written. Brings you into the era . I saw some complaints that the ending was a let-down, but I thought it was well-done.

I had just finished watching the Ken Burns series "Prohibition" when I began listening to"The Other Typist" as a talking book. I enjoyed both very much indeed. The "Typist" appears to be historically accurate, and definitely very interesting, in its evocation of Twenties society. The female protagonist is a compelling character, and the twists and the turns in the plot keep one engaged.

Jun 21, 2014
  • 2314joni rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A slow moving novel with not much of a plot. Takes place in the 1920's.

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.

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

Too tedious and boring to finish...

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.

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.

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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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