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The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The Other Typist

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Dull, unambitious Rose is whisked out of her predictable life by a work colleague. Odalie arrives in the New York 1920’s typing pool and Rose is completely infatuated. In a city of speakeasies, gangsters, the Charleston and gin it’s not surprising that murder turns up. What is surprising is who, how and why and like all good crime tales the denouement is quite a shock, especially since dear Rose has led us, the reader, very much astray. This is delicious fun. Highly recommended.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Other Typist a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is an astonishing debut which had me gripped from the first page...Be prepared for an amazing read.' - Francesca Ashurst. Scroll down to read more reviews.

A 'Piece of Passion' from Juliet Annan, Publisher Fig Tree/Penguin...

'I am very, very keen on this wonderful debut: The Other Typist is a wonderful, creepy, funny edge-of-the seat thriller combined with period romp. Set in Prohibition New York, it tells the story of Rose, an orphaned, mousy-looking hard-working secretary who works in the typing pool at the police precinct and her growing friendship with the new -- other -- typist. Glamorous Odalie mesmerises Rose and draws her into her roaring twenties web of speakeasies, gangsters, illicit sex and murder where everyone is telling stories about each other (none of which quite match up). It's not long before the identities of the two girls become inextricably entwined, until it is almost impossible to tell one from the other. It is the most beguiling and page turning novel, where the reader is never quite sure of their footing, and I'm thrilled that early online reviews have described it as The Great Gatsby meets Gone Girl.'

If you like Suzanne Rindell you might also like to read books by Zoe Heller, Patricia Highsmith and Laura Moriarty.

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The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

With one simple act, Odalie had snared me in a trap that consisted of equal parts temptation and shame. All this before we'd ever even shaken hands or been introduced . (New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition and the whole city swims in bathtub gin). 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?


Francesca Ashurst - 'The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is an astonishing debut which had me gripped from the first page...Be prepared for an amazing read.' Click here to read the full review.

Phyl Smithson - 'I have to thank Suzanne Rindell for taking me on a roller coaster ride of a read... I got so much out of this page turner and would truly encourage anyone who wants an intriguing story and characters to read The Other Typist.' Click here to read the full review.

Samantha Lewis - 'The fact that this is a debut novel is utterly amazing and I eagerly await more from this author... I absolutely recommend reading this book-I loved it.' Click here to read the full review.

Fleur Fisher - - 'The Other Typist is a wonderful entertainment, a real page-turner, set in 1920s New York, in the age of prohibition...There were plenty of twists and turns in the story, there were lots of lovely details that brought the story to life, and now I’ve put the book down I’m still thinking about it, and eager to discuss it with other readers... Get ready to enjoy!' Click here to read the full review.

Elisabeth Thomas - 'When does friendship turn to obsession? What would you do to become the most important person in somebody’s life?...This was an excellent book that I would definitely recommend to all readers.' Click here to read the full review.

Lesley Hart - I thoroughly enjoyed reading this brilliantly gripping story of deceit, betrayal and 'murder most foul' that captures the reader from the first page.' Click here to read the full review.

Bethan Townsend - 'Set in 1920s New York, this novel combines all the glamour and glitz of the period as well as the daily drudgery of working in the police precinct...The characters and setting come together beautifully throughout and this is what makes this novel so enjoyable.' Click here to read the full review.

Alan Brown - 'A magician misdirects the audience so that they do not see the trick. Suzanne Rindell does the same with this book disguising it as a description of a relationship between two women when it is really a crime story.' Click here to read the full review.

Julie Bickerdyke - 'This is an excellent debut novel by Suzanne Rindell with a beautiful writing style. The story is easy to read and flows nicely.' Click here to read the full review.

Glynis Elliott - 'The Other Typist was an interesting read, not compelling, but interesting as slowly the spider catches the fly and the heroine is drawn in to the web of intrigue.' Click here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh - 'This story really pulled me in from the beginning. Rose, the narrator of the story begins as a very like able character but cracks slowly begin to appear as the story goes on...A gripping story!' Click here to read the full review.

Sarah Pybus - 'The Other Typist is set in an oft depicted world of speakeasies, gangsters and (supposedly) honest policemen, all through the eyes of an innocent, wide eyed narrator.' Click here to read the full review.

Cyllene Griffiths - 'The Other Typist is a fascinating read with an unusual and distinctive quality. Incorporating themes of love, loyalty and betrayal you think you see how the story will unravel.' Click here to read the full review.

Catherine Jenkins - 'The joy of the novel lies in cheering on Rose, a complex character whose innocent outlook shares space with a tough core - a properly "human" character, and refreshingly three-dimensional.' Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Middlemast-Neal - 'Initially this reminded me – a great deal – of “Notes on a Scandal” by Zoe Heller, in that plain, frumpy Rose (the character from whose perspective the book is written) is obsessive, opinionated and unlikeable.' Click here to read the full review.


Praise for Suzanne Rindell:

'Darkly, addictively entertaining, with a plot twist Hitchcock would have been proud of' The Sunday Times

'An unreliable narrator makes this enchanting jazz-age thriller a clever and addictive debut' Guardian

'A sleek story of dangerous shenanigans, bootleggers and unreliable narrators, set in the unflappable Jazz Age' Marie Claire

'The real thrill of this book is that nothing is what it seems. Not least Rose, who reveals herself to be the most untrustworthy of storytellers ... the book turns into an elegantly controlled emotional thriller with so many twists and turns that there is every chance you will have to read it in one sitting. Hard to believe this is Rindell's first book - and I'm already looking forward to her second' Daily Mail

'Take a dollop of Alfred Hitchcock, a dollop of Patricia Highsmith, throw in some Great Gatsby flourishes, and the result is Rindell's debut, a pitch-black comedy about a police stenographer accused of murder in 1920s Manhattan ... deliciously addictive' Kirkus

About the Author

Suzanne Rindell

Suzanne Rindell is currently finishing a Ph.D. in English Literature at Rice University. The Other Typist is her first novel. She lives in New York.

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2nd January 2014


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Penguin Books Ltd


368 pages


Literary Fiction
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