The Other Typist
By Suzanne Rindell
(Berkley, Paperback, 9780425268421, 368pp.)
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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Keira Knightly is to produce and star in the movie adaption of "The Other Typist"
A haunting debut novel set against the background of New York City in the 1920s
From the first page I] was absorbed Suzanne Rindell's story of a 1920s police stenographer who becomes increasingly obsessed with a glamorous new typist reminds me at points of "Notes on a Scandal "and Patricia Highsmith, but has creepy charms all its own. "The Paris Review"
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, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool.
As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie's spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.
- Do you think Rose is a reliable or unreliable narrator? Why? If you did question her veracity, at what point in the novel did you begin to do so?