The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

74%

5 Critic Reviews

...Rindell’s grasp on how to weave genre, characters, narration, and setting into a compelling tale on her first time out makes her an author worth watching closely.
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Synopsis

A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Keira Knightley 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.
 

About Suzanne Rindell

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Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. The Other Typist is her first novel. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a second novel.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Jun 23 2013

Something of a Single White Female for the jazz age...but overall Rindell's narrative lacks the necessary subtlety and tension for a stylish noirish thriller.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by John O'Connell on Jun 07 2013

The Other Typist is clever, addictive entertainment. Plotted with panache...Yes, Rindell's prose can be ungainly and prolix, but I think that's deliberate: Rose's prose would be ungainly and prolix.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 29 2013

Though the final twist—the one that should make readers gasp and look back for the clues they missed—is hinted at too often...Rindell's debut is a cinematic page-turner.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 31 2013

A deliciously addictive, cinematically influenced page-turner...

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Jun 10 2013

...Rindell’s grasp on how to weave genre, characters, narration, and setting into a compelling tale on her first time out makes her an author worth watching closely.

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