The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is one of those novels with the right amount of suspense and intrigue that leaves you guessing right until the novel's conclusion.
The story centres around Rose who is employed as a stenographer in a New York Police Department and appears to be innocent and naive and somewhat staid in her ways. Rose's life changes forever the day the other typist is hired to work in her department and we see Rose become obsessed by the flamboyant Odalie.
Rose is an unreliable narrator and while I have met a few unreliable narrators in fiction novels over the past few months I still enjoy this sort of fiction..... For Now! I really loved the descriptive writing and thought the author did a fantastic job in giving the reader a sense of time and place and I was certainly catapulted right back to the 1920s and was very reluctant to leave.
The characters of Rose and Odalie are extremely well drawn and not likable which I know will bother a lot of readers as they will find it difficult to connect with these ladies but I loved the characters in this novel as they are complex and well drawn . The writing is very descriptive but this works for this novel and I loved the descriptions which conjured wonderful images in my head of New York and the 1920s. On finishing the novel my reaction was , WoW!
I really wanted a little bit of escapism and I certainly got it with this book. So 5 stars is what I am rating this novel because I really enjoyed it and I think it will make a great summer read.