Another blind library pick.
Stats: published in 2013, debut novel for Ms Rindell, print 354 pages, audio 8 discs, I’m not sure what genre I’d place this in – psycological thriller, but thriller doesn’t see quite right. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to decide 🙂
Blurb: (Goodreads) 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?
What I liked: The ending left you guessing, but I think that was on purpose too. She did a wonderful job leaving it up in the air. She gives you a good feel for the life of a working girl in 1923 New York, which is right up my alley – being a historical fiction lover. I listened to this book and the narrator – Gretchen Mol – was spot on. Her character’s voices were not too contrived and they were easily distinguishable from each other.
What I didn’t like: It was a bit slow, especially at the beginning but at other times as well, but maybe it was supposed to be. I thought she could have let the reader in on what was up with Rose (I won’t tell you what so as not to spoil it for you) a bit earlier in the story. It had lots and lots of words. She did a nice job with all the words but it seemed a bit much at times and slowed the story line. Since I was listening to it and I enjoyed Ms Mol’s narration, that was something I could easily overlook. You can tell Rindell has a doctorate in literature. I also would have like to know a bit more about what happened to Odalie, but I guess that kind of goes with her personality – very slippery.
Rating: 4/5 Nice job for a debut novel.