The Other Typist
Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, ...more
I think Odalie was the bootlegger and pathological liar and the orphanage was just one of her stories about her past... which Rose adopted. This could account for the Lieutenant Detective telling her he didn't believe Odalie's story and returning the brooch out of Rose's desk.(less) (hide spoiler)]
Well, I feel like I need a cigarette and a martini.
What to say about this book? It's such a mind-fuck that it's hard to piece together, and I'm not certain that the story (or the ending) actually makes sense.
Set in the mid-1920s in New York during the Prohibition, the novel follows Rose (the narrator) who becomes obsessed (perhaps sexually) with another typist at work: the beautiful, charming, alluring, mysterious Odalie.
Rose and Odalie are typists at a New York police station. They ...more
This book is a delicious mix of 1920s crime, punishment and mystery. Just who are Rose and Odalie, really? I still don't know. Which one is Ginevra? Were either of them ever Ginevra?
I am a sucker for a poisonous relationship in a book and all that it can bring, and this one is TOXIC. Odalie is mesmerising to everyone, even the reader who should be able to see through her. She is like an enchantress, weavi ...more
First off, what I liked: Oh my gosh. This is an author with a great voice. The wording was excellent and it pulled me in from the get-go. She knows how to create atomosphere without bogging the book down in pointless detail and that is a skill that is lacking far too often in books. She didn't use a lot of words when she set her scenes, but I could actually smell th ...more
The story centres around Rose who is employed as a stenographer in a New York Police Department and appears to be innocent and naive and somewhat staid in her ways. Rose's life changes forever the day the other typist is hired to work in her department and we see Rose become obsessed by the flamboyant Odalie.
Rose is an unreliable na ...more
However. There were some elements (no spoilers) that just weren't quite believable. And I have some historical quibbles. No one will care but me - I'm just satisfying my urge to nitpick:
1. The protagonist claims a typing speed of 160 wpm. The world speed record was 147 wpm in 1923. I type 92 wpm on a modern computer keyboard, but I learned on a 1920s era Underwood, which is why I chec ...more
Overall, I found it superficial, melodramatic and unbelievable. By that I mean, I believe these characters could have indeed existed as people and that these events could indeed have happened, however I did not believe the development was sufficient in making the characters multidimensional and circumstances were insufficiently described.
Now, I know a lot of ...more
It's the roaring 20's in New York City and a psycho-lunatic is on the loose disguised as a young woman. (no spoiler here)
Rose is an honest, hard-working stenographer working for the lower east side police precinct who shares a small room in a boarding house with a lying, gossiping bitch.
Odalie is a rich, high society dame with a personal agenda...more
But from there, it was all downhill.
This was hands-down one of the most disappointing, poorly written novels I have read in the past few years. The premise excited me: an intrigue/thriller set in 1920s "speakeasy" New York. Sounds good, right? But for all the author's excess use of adjectives, I got no sense of place from her writing. The characters may bob their hair, go to speakeasies and drink ho ...more
The characters came alive, and I could see every scene vividly. Ms. Rindell brought to the literary world a great style and an extraordinary book. Her descriptions are so lyrical and detailed you can easily and pleasantly visualize even the slightest action. The main "stage" of the book takes place in a police station, but that was not a detriment to the story. The smooth, easy flow of the novel was ...more
Honestly hard to believe that this is Rindell's first book. Writing is spectacular and I kept comparing to G ...more
Here are the facts, and just the facts, ma’am: Rose Baker, a young woman with a very fluid sense of self, is working in a particularly seedy police precinct as a stenographer and typist. Raised as an orphan in a convent, Rose prides herself on her ...more
As is true of most unreliable narrators, they ne ...more
Rindell fleshes out her character(s) quite well, with excellent narration, reliable or not, by Rose, the original typist. Rose Baker, clicks away her days in a New York police department back in the days of prohibition and the speakeasies. Rose is quite the formal young woman and takes her job quite seriously, making few mistakes and not tolerating any from o ...more
Rose Baker is our wonderfully unreliable narrator, and I suspect you’ll co ...more
So many times I felt bogged ...more
The story is about a typist in a lower east side, New York, police precinct by the name of Rose Baker. Things are going fine where she works and she is a very quick and accurate typist. After the prohibition acts of 1923 were passed, more people got busted and thrown i ...more
The combination of Suzanne Rindell's impeccable storytelling technique, plus the perfectly understated and prim voice of her narrator, Rose Baker (typist/transcriptionist for criminal confessions at a police department in 1923), plus a riveting story make The Other Typist irresistible and un-put-downable. And I think I would feel this even if I'd never worked as a typist and deposition transcriptionist.
However I did. So, boy, was this book fun. Rindell spills the big secrets of the job: how inti ...more
"I recognized something was happening the very second she walked in the door for her interview. On that particular day, she entered very calmly and quietly, but I knew: It was like the eye of a hurricane. She was the dark epicenter of something we didn’t quite understand yet, the place where hot and cold mixed dangerously, and around her everything would change."
Odalie/Rose...whoever she is...has got me in an uncomfortable position. I don't know whether I just liked or loved this book. I'm s ...more
Soon you don't know what to believe about anything Rose is telling us. As she seems to ...more
The story really pulled me in from the beginning. Rose, the narrator, begins as a likeable character, but cracks slowly begin to appear as the story goes on. When mysterious Odalie begins to work in the same place as Rose, here begins a very flawed friendship that is much closer to obsession. The story of how pla ...more
The year is 1923. Rose Baker is a plain Jane typist with the New York City police department and is a rigid play-by-the-rules-with-no-deviation type of individual. When Odalie Lazare steps trippingly through the doors of the station house and is hired to join the steno pool, Rose’s first feeling is one of self-righteous disapproval ...more
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