Someone had to do it : a novel

by Brown, Amber,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary
"A dark and riveting page-turner with an intelligent twist." --Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man



SOMEONE HAD TO MAKE HIM PAY. SOMEONE HAD TO TAKE HER DOWN.



Brandi Maxwell is living the dream as an intern at prestigious New York fashion house Simon Van Doren. Except "living the dream" looks more like scrubbing puke from couture dresses worn by hard-partying models and putting up with microaggressions from her white colleagues. Still, she can't help but fangirl over Simon's it-girl daughter, Taylor. Until one night, at a glamorous Van Doren party, when Brandi overhears something she shouldn't have, and her fate becomes dangerously intertwined Taylor's.



Model and influencer Taylor Van Doren has everything...and is this close to losing it all. Her fashion mogul father will donate her inheritance to charity if she fails her next drug test, and he's about to marry someone nearly as young as Taylor, further threatening her stake in the family fortune. But Taylor deserves the money that's rightfully hers. And she'll go to any lengths to get it, even if that means sacrificing her famous father in the process.



All she needs is the perfect person to take the fall...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Inspired by their time in the New York fashion scene, influencers Amber and Danielle Brown have crafted a taut and sexy debut thriller about a young Black woman struggling to make it in that cutthroat industry. Despite a difficult childhood in and out of foster care, Brandi Maxwell is determined to fit in as an intern for exclusive designer Simon Van Doren, but she can't shake the feeling that she isn't welcome. On the arm of her generous boyfriend Nate, son of an NFL legend, Brandi shyly navigates a chic Van Doren soiree while wearing a lavish couture gown. But like any twisted fairy tale, a dream becomes a nightmare when Brandi overhears "It girl" heiress Taylor Van Doren plotting her father's demise. Now Brandi is caught between speaking up or taking Taylor's hush money. Will bribery be enough to keep her plan a secret, or does Taylor have other ways to keep Brandi from talking? Fresh dialogue, extravagant parties, and an inside view of the glamorous lives of the filthy rich grab the reader's attention from start to finish."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Brandi Maxwell, the protagonist of Brown and Brown's suspenseful debut, grew up on the mean streets of Newark, N.J., but has finally achieved the life she believes she deserves. She's juggling studying at FIT in New York City with her dream internship at a high-end fashion house--an unpaid internship she could never afford if her boyfriend, Nate Robinson, the privileged son of a football star and himself a star college football player, didn't support her financially as well as emotionally. But Brandi is still subjected to the microaggressions and outright discrimination facing a Black woman in fashion's world of trust fund babies. After she overhears the owner's daughter, Taylor Van Doren, plotting to kill her father, Simon, because he has threatened to disinherit her over her drug use, Brandi winds up framed for Simon's murder and must fight to clear her name. Readers should be prepared for some over-the-top characterizations and unlikely plot twists, such as a villain who is too inept to fake a simple urine test being able to plot and pull off a near-perfect murder. Fans of Gossip Girl will have fun. Agent: Jessica Faust, Bookends Literary. (Dec.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fashion designers -- Fiction.
Inheritance and succession -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher Toronto, Ontario :Graydon House,2022
Contributors Brown, Danielle, author.
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions.
Description 335 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781525899966
1525899961
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