Rindell, Suzanne. The Other Typist
A cross between a Hitchcock thriller and the Talented Mr. Ripley, this historical psychological thriller set in Jazz Age New York is sure to send chills down your spine. Quiet and unnoticed, Rose Baker works for the police at a station on the lower East Side, recording the confessions of gangsters and murderers without the slightest hint of surprise. When a new girl enters the fold, Rose takes notice. Glamorous and mysterious, Odalie soon casts a spell over everyone at the precinct, but it is Rose who gets taken under her wing and allowed a glimpse into her lavish and sometimes dangerous lifestyle. As their friendship grows, Rose's interest turns into obsession and she questions what kind of woman Odalie truly is, investigating for herself the web of lies that her so-called friend has woven.
Although Odalie is the more mysterious character out of the two, Rose is the real star in this book. Although shy, she proves herself to be just as cruel and manipulative as her flamboyant friend. Rose as the unreliable narrator is what separates this story from other historical fiction set in the Twenties; she'll get underneath your skin. In a year of fabulous debut novels, this one deserves notice.
It was just announced that this book will be made into a film starring actress Keira Knightley, so expect this title to get even more notice in the coming months!