Set in the Lower East Side of New York in 1924 during Prohibition, the story begins with Rose, a typist in the local police precinct. She is no stranger to the confessions of gangsters and murderers whose confessions it is her job to type up. She herself is very straight-laced, having been brought up in a convent, so it is no surprise when she becomes mesmerised by the new typist Odalie, a very glamorous and “modern” young lady who exudes charm, mystery and money.
Odalie befriends Rose and introduces her to the highs and lows of speakeasies, alchohol and men. Rose is reluctant at first but inevitably falls under Odalie`s spell. Her one ambition is to find out who Odalie really is so that truth can cement their friendship forever – but is this a step too far?
I enjoyed this almost psychological study of two girls with completely opposing outlooks on life coming together and which ends in a startling denouement. Suzanne Rindell has a keen insight into character and beguilement which gives the book its fascination. An impressive first novel and an excellently well-written read.Review by Liz.
Thank you to Penguin for sending us a copy to review.