The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell



The Other Typist

by Suzanne Rindell

published by Amy Einhorn Books


I borrowed a copy of this book from my library


Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangsters and murderers that pass through the precinct. While she may disapprove of the details, she prides herself on typing up the goriest of crimes without batting an eyelid.

But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist’s spell. As do her bosses, the buttoned up Lieutenant Detective and the fatherly Sergeant. As the two girls’ friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before 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? from Goodreads-

My Review

I have been hearing about this book for over two months, and was really looking forward to reading it.  It started out a little slow for me, then picked up quite a bit.  Reading this felt slightly like riding a train that you suddenly realize is out of control.  When the story really started to move at a great speed, I felt like something awful was going on, but I couldn’t look away.  I can’t really say to much, since there is a surprise ending, but when I finished I felt unsatisfied.

The two main characters are Rose and Odalie, and from the beginning of the story, I had trouble liking either of these women.  I had trouble believing these women would be friends and roommate.  While I thought this book was written very well and the story was compelling, I can’t say I enjoyed reading it.  Since mine is an opinion that seems to be in the minority, I wouldn’t say do not read this book.  Many other reviewers have liked, even loved it.


3 out of 5- well written, just didn’t care for the story.

7 thoughts on “The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

  1. The cover caught my eye, but based on your review, I’m not sure that I’d want to pursue this one. Sounds like an interesting concept, but since you’re not raving about it, perhaps I’ll pass. Great review — it definitely helps!

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