Title: The Other Typist
Author: Suzanne Rindell
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Edition: audio / eGalley
Reader: Gretchen Mol (very good)
Source: library and Net Galley
Date Completed: June - 2013
The Other Typist takes readers back to the "roaring 20s" and Prohibition, a time when
speakeasies, often run by organized crime, were an opportunity for fast
money. Illegal booze, gambling and fast women were big business.
Rose Baker was not one of these "fast women". She was a police
stenographer, a lady who takes pride in her job, by carefully recording the
confessions of criminals each day. She thinks that she is a pretty good
read of people. She grew up in an orphanage run by nuns, she's very
quiet, plain looking, very naive, and has no social life to speak of,
but deep down she longs for companionship.
Odalie Lazare is "the
other typist" who works with Rose. Odalie is everything that Rose is
not. She's outgoing, has beautiful clothes, is noticed by men everywhere
and she knows where to go to have fun when she isn't working. Rose
notices quickly that some of the stories Odalie has been telling do not
seem to add up. Rose becomes more and more obsessed with finding out
more about Odalie, especially after she gets a glimpse into Odalie's
life after work hours.
I really enjoyed this terrific debut
novel. The writing is vivid, scenes memorable and characters that will
stick with you. Rose initially comes off as a somewhat sympathetic
character, but there is more to Rose than meets the eye, but there is
also more to Odalie. Readers who enjoy stories with unreliable
narrators, or readers who would like to read more about the roaring 20s,
should enjoy this story. I'll definitely be looking for more books by
the promising new author.