Rose is a typist at the New York police station in the mid-1920’s. She grew up in an orphanage and was raised to be modest and not to draw attention to herself. As Rose describes herself, she is just average and lacks self-confidence. She is lonely and doesn’t befriend with other colleagues.
When a new typist arrives at the station, she immediately catches everyone’s attention, especially Rose’s. Odalie is everything Rose isn’t; modern, beautiful, glamorous, sassy and flirtatious. Rose’s admiration soon becomes an obsession. It seems that the whole world circles around her new best friend. Odalie invites Rose into her enchanting and fancy life, full of parties, illegal alcohol, mesmerizingly fashionable dresses and secrets.
During their out-of-town weekend, Rose discovers some disturbing facts about Odalie’s past. Confused but faithful to her friend, Rose finds herself in a big trouble.
This is one of those books that hunt you and don’t let go for a couple of days after you finish reading it.
The atmosphere in this book is hands-down outstanding! The Roaring Twenties is one of my favorite eras to read about. The author did an amazing job in transporting the reader to this glamorous and mysterious time. You definitely feel the Jazz Age vibe, want to pour a glass of martini and smoke a cigarette.
The story caught my attention from the very first sentence. The tension and the pressure were growing and the sense that something really really bad is going to happen didn’t leave me through the entire novel. Moreover, when the culmination finally happened, no kidding it gave me serious goosebumps.
Everything was going so well with this book and me, until that one last chapter. The story and the logic lead you to some conclusions but then the author decides to mess with your mind (not in a good way), slaps you in the face and says “You know nothing!” The ending was a disaster. It left me speechless, thinking what the hell just happened and why??? I have a couple of theories about Rose-Odalie situation (so frustrating, I can’t say anything in order not to spoil anything for you guys, who didn’t read it yet) but nobody can’t tell me which of them is true! It just left me so confused and ruined the whole experience.