The year is 1923 and Rose Baker is a typist at a New York City police precinct. Serious, stable and a bit of an outcast, Rose excels at her job transcribing confessions of the most gruesome crimes. After work she retreats her home, a dismal boarding house. Prohibition is in full swing. Women are cutting their hair and shortening their hemlines but not Rose. Her life is nothing but black and white.
When lively, bright Odalie is hired as another typist, Rose’s world turns to technicolor. She’s drawn to Odalie and is instantly taken with the beautiful yet mysterious woman. With Odalie, Rose begins to frequent speakeasies and wear shorter dresses, she is more daring and life is more exciting especially when she moves into Odalies apartment in a swanky hotel.
But there is something that Odalie is hiding, her stories don’t really add up. Rose is under Odalie’s spell and comes up with excuses for Odalie, refusing to believe she’s anything that what she has told Rose. I kept turning the pages of this novel, wanting to know what would happen! Would Odalie do something to Rose? I had to know!
Its the very end of the story that leaves your heart pounding in your chest! I thought this novel was brilliant, the details of the 1920’s New York City made you feel like you were right there in the middle of the action. There is a sinister vibe to this book, a creepiness that keeps you entranced! I highly recommend it. I am already eagerly awaiting the author’s next book!
The Other Typist reminded me of Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, What Was She Thinking, Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller and Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. Place your order for this novel right now!