The Other Typist: A Novel
by Suzanne Rindell
Paperback- $9.28

A haunting debut novel set against the background of New York City in the 1920s…

Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New ...

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  "Page-turner" by Allisoncarr3 (see profile) 05/18/14

I really enjoyed this book, it was addictive, I couldn't put it down.

  "The Other Typist" by suekurtz (see profile) 05/26/14

Although the ending is confusing, the plot and character development is well done. There can be several interpretations at the conclusion. What did the author really want the reader to believe happened? The book club readers could only guess and discuss. If you like the ending to be tied up with a pink bow, this book is not for you. If you like to be surprised and intrigued, read this one.

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  "The Other Typist" by Silversolara (see profile) 07/16/14

The narration of the book was superb, the entire book was amazing, and the ending was incredible.

The characters came alive, and I could see every scene vividly. Ms. Rindell brought to the literary world a great style and an extraordinary book. Her descriptions are so lyrical and detailed you can easily and pleasantly visualize even the slightest action. The main "stage" of the book takes place in a police station, but that was not a detriment to the story. The smooth, easy flow of the novel was flawless, entertaining, and a bit mysterious.

The book focused on the lives of the two main characters, Rose and Odalie, with Odalie being "the other typist." The author was exploring relationships and human interaction....something we all have in our lives and need to deal with. Rose was the honest, unassuming one and Odalie seemed to want a friend but was manipulative, cunning, almost villian-like, and had another life separate from her typist's life at the police station. A life that Rose was not aware of but found out as their friendship progressed.

It was quite easy to get involved in the characters' lives which made the book difficult to put down. You will absolutely love how the book flowed but you will also be afraid for Rose as she enters this new relationship with Odalie. I liked Rose at the beginning but became disappointed as the book continued because of how she changed and how she was so captivated and easily swayed by Odalie. I didn't like Odalie from the minute she walked through the door at the police station on her first day of her new job. I could immediately tell what kind of person she was. Are you curious why I am saying this? :) You will have to find out when you read this impressive book.

Think of a friendship you had in your life. Was it a friendship that lasted, was it simply a friendship that you thought was a good one but one that didn't last, was it one you really shouldn't have been in, or was it one that turned out to be a friendship for life?

This book has everything a wonderful book should have: a beautiful writing style, characters you will become attached to, outstanding descriptions, an easily pulled into storyline, and a bit of secrecy and intrigue. Absolutely loved it. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  "A Bit Unbelievable" by nbaker (see profile) 08/26/14

While I felt the premise of the book had some great possibilities, I felt the realism of the story was a bit far fetched. The story revolves around Rose (a typist and transcriber for the local police) who is a perfectionist, takes her job very serious and has great pride in her work. It also revolves around Odalie (the other typist who is eventually hired and who is NOT a Rose). Neatly dressed, obviously from a different rank in society as the others in the typing pool, Odalie has an auro about her that causes people to want to be associated with her. Do opposites attract? Obviously so, because these two characters could not have been more different in their morals or upbringing. It was obvious that something dramatic happens -- the author states such continuously throughout the book. What really happened, it seems, is up for the reader to decide. However, I felt the author took too many liberties with Odalie's character in allowing her access to too many people, places and unsavory occupations and lifestyles. The Dr. Jekyl by day and Mr. Hyde by night theory just didn't work for me and I didn't like the self destruction Rose brought on herself, with the help of Odalie. I think the book could present lots of discussion about personalities, the need to be accepted, stepping over the line, etc., but I just felt that Rose's character was built up so much at the beginning to be the honest, forthright individual, that I had trouble seeing her crossing the street, so to speak. An interesting read, but not one that I would want to pick up again.

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  "The Other Typist" by robba (see profile) 09/18/14

This was the best discussion I've ever attended in 9 years of attending book discussion groups because the ending wasn't certain and even the characters weren't certain and so there was lots of interesting speculation.

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  "ODD" by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 01/22/15

This is a very fast read, however, I really did not like the story or the characters. The story is just "odd". I am anxious to review with our book club to discuss their views.

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  "Interesting" by kstearns04 (see profile) 03/04/16

This book's summary implied it was a murder mystery. I wouldn't categorise it as such but would still recommend the book. The historical background of the 20's was interesting. There is quite a twist at the end that I found a bit confusing but lends itself well to book discussion.

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  "So-so" by [email protected] (see profile) 11/09/16

Well...the first 60 % of this book is basically background info on the characters. The next 35% is actually pretty good. The pace picks up significantly. The ending is supposed to be the kicker. It comes fast and is brief. Maybe too brief. I thought the author left too many unanswered questions. I'm sure the author provided all the background on characters so it made you question what truly happened. In the end though, I thought...there was too boring background info to get to the good be left with an unsatisfying ending. At least it was to me. A few in our club thought it was very good, loved the fact that the book left you with more questions than answers. I,thought the author was trying to be clever...I thought she fell flat on her face. Too boring.

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  "A Perhaps Notorious & Unreliable Narrator Takes You on An Unexpected Journey" by zodejodie4 (see profile) 07/16/20

I love it when a book takes you places, & even more so when it takes you someplace unexpected.
Suzanne Rindell does this brilliantly in The Other Typist.
Into the offices of a bustling police precinct, down dark alleys into covert speakeasies, to dazzling, glittering jazz age parties & into the mind of our perhaps notorious, unreliable narrator.
Deftly woven prose & details draw you in & keep you moving through this story that's never quite what you expect.

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