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The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

April 18, 2014 - Amy Phelps
A serious young woman weaves a story of New York City in the 1920s in "The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell.

Rose Baker seems to be the buttoned-up ultra-conservative woman working as a typist of confessions at a police station. While a proper lady shouldn't have to hear the things she and her coworkers do on a daily basis, Rose seems above the fray. And then Odalie joins the typist pool.

Odalie is a more "modern" girl - a stylish woman with bobbed hair, a vivacious personality and yet gives off the air of needing to be protected. The men at work love her and Rose is surprised that she is the one Odalie befriends. Soon she is going to speakeasies and gin joints with her wild friend - except is Odalie really the wild one? Or is Rose not quite what she has seemed this whole time?

The longer the story goes on, the more the reader becomes aware that things are not as they seem, which is a great tension builder. The 1920s setting was fun, as was the overall mystery of what is going to happen! I enjoy stories where the reader is not quite sure if the narrator is on the up and up, and this one is a doozy!

"The Other Typist" is published by Berkley. It is $16 and 354 pages long.


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