Hello! And welcome to week 2 of #amonthoffaves! Girlxoxo and Estella’s Revenge and I are so excited you all are back and ready to go! Today, there will be a link-up at Girlxoxo for a Book Review or Discussion from your fave genre or author!
And the book is……………………………
THE OTHER TYPIST by Suzanne Rindell
So, I read THE OTHER TYPIST back in 2013- right before it was released. And during that time- there were many rumblings of the “unreliable narrator”. Not having had heard the term- I looked it up- and became intrigued by the term:
An unreliable narrator is a narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised. The term was coined in 1961 by Wayne C. Booth in The Rhetoric of Fiction. ~ definition courtesy of Wikipedia.
This fits Rose to a T!
So what is THE OTHER TYPIST about?
Here is the summary from Goodreads:
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?
So INTRIGUING, right?
Honestly, the first almost 100 pages are just ok. I was just kind of “ehh”. But then I really got into it. The story picked up. Then, everything I thought I knew about the book just blew up in my face.
Hold on folks- here’s the spoilers:
*Note: These are excerpts from the convo that I have been having with first Rebecca, then we added Catherine in after she finished the book. And because Rebecca is made of fabulous- she named the convo on Facebook: “WHAT is the ending to this book?”
Here is a quote I found: