Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee.
This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. Yet prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under Odalie’s spell.
As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie’s high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.
©2013 Suzanne Rindell (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Interesting tale about 1920's Prohibition Era NYC. The story centers around two young women who work as typists in a police precinct. This was really intriguing novel that grabs your attention right from the start. Difficult to review since the book really should be read completely "blind" as the author intended. If you are planning on reading this one, do yourself a favor and don't read any reviews, etc. beyond what is written on the inside book jacket.
Delightful and dark! A great spiderweb of intrigue with exceptional period detail. The twist at the end isn't entirely surprising, but the extent of the deception is. Highly recommended!
Sometimes, thrillers that take place in the 20's can feel either tired or overworked. This, however, feels natural. The author brilliantly captures the essence of womanhood in this age, and keeps you guessing until the last page. I'm still questioning what is real and what is not after this fast paced tale, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
The slap- We began to see another side to Rose's mousey personality!
I think it has the perfect title.
Be careful about reading reviews that give away the plot. Just read it!
Really enjoyed! At first I wasn't too keen on the narrator's tone....but then she became Rose...or is she Odalee, or is she Genevra? :)
I love the time period and setting in this book. I am also a fan of Gretchen Mol from Boardwalk Empire. She did an excellent job narrating. This story has a great "twist" at the end! Definitely enjoyed it!
I really enjoyed the book and was surprised by the ending. I can totally see Hollywood making a movie out of it. Kept me interested all the way.
Intrigue, lots of hidden messages...I listened twice and enjoyed it even more
Not sure who is my fav...they all had a lot to offer to the plot...
No but I would love to
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