Publisher: Penguin Books
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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.
So lets start at the end... Yes I was that messed up after finishing this book. My brain could not comprehend what happened. If you are looking for a great psychological thriller go get this book. I still have a lot of questions after reading this book and will probably read it again to try and find answers.
The book has a great atmosphere! You feel as if you are there watching from the sideline.
Rose is innocent and I found her a bit condescending. It is clear she does not know who she is and what she is capable of. Odalie was the shining characters. She is really forthcoming especially for that period. It was easy to see why people would be attracted to her. I felt really sorry for the Lieutenant Detective.