Someone Had To Do It

Graydon House. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781525899966. pap. $16.99. SUSPENSE
DEBUT Sister team Amber and Danielle Brown bring their own experiences of the fashion industry into this fast-paced and intriguing thriller. Brandi Maxwell is finally following her dream. She has landed an intern position with the famous designer, Simon Van Doren. But her dream job is not everything she imagined. She spends her time running errands, cleaning puke off of couture dresses, and dealing with being the only Black woman in sight. When she gets the opportunity to meet Van Doren and his daughter, Taylor, at a fabulous party, Brandi overhears something she shouldn’t have and is suddenly thrown into a dangerous game of deceit and terror. Brandi is a well-developed protagonist who will be admired for her resolve and ambition. While most readers will foresee how the story wraps up, it is still delightfully satisfying when it does.
VERDICT Fans of Alyssa Cole and Zakiya Dalila Harris, whose characters navigate the issues women of color face in the workplace, and of psychological thrillers like Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train will enjoy this one.
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