Hardback The other typist / Suzanne Rindell.
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: London : Fig Tree,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780241002889 (hbk.) :
New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition and the whole city swims in bathtub gin. Rose Baker is working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day she transcribes the confessions of gangsters and murderers. When the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist's spell - as do her bosses. As the girls' friendship blossoms, 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?
356 pages ; 24 cm
Views were also divided in our group - at least one of us hated it, but it certainly made for an interesting discussion. Most of us had taken a while to get into it and some found it long and wordy. Some of us found the book reminiscent of other "Jazz Age" novels like "The Great Gatsby" and "The Talented Mr Ripley". It's an intriguing story, narrated by Rose, a typist at a police precinct in New York in the Prohibition years. It concerns her infatuation for a work colleague, and its consequences. It involves manipulation and corruption, and there's very little joy in it. There is, however, the excitement of being introduced to glamorous clothes and the secret world of speakeasies after what had previously been a very drab life for Rose. Amongst the members of our reading group there were differing opinions about what really had happened in the story. The ending could be considered unsatisfactory, but it keeps one guessing. This is Suzanne Rindell's first published novel, and it shows