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The Velvet Rope
by Brenda L. Thomas

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0743477286

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The Velvet Rope
Brenda L. Thomas
Downtown, Jan 2005, $13.00, 288 pp.
ISBN: 0743477286

Public relations expert Tiffany Johnson decides to go for her dream to become the “Philly queen of the night”; she quits her successful career at Platinum Images and forms a partnership with her sister Kamille, her fiancé Malik Skinner, and her best friend Essence to open up in a few months a club, Teaz Entertainment. She also obtains backing from suburbia’s Greg “D-Dog” and his father.

As the club becomes the in-spot, Tiffany learns that her fiancé and her sister shared a one night stand in college that they hid from her; her nephew Kareem could be a result of that fling. The cops begin investigating the money trail of the club as drugs and mob ties surface with the link seemingly being D-Dog and dad. Tiffany’s dream has taken a nightmarish spin with no one for her to depend on or trust except herself.

This intriguing family drama smoothly switches from first person accounts to third person so that the audience obtains a deep character study. The ensemble cast is easy to delineate one from another, but Tiffany receives the most empathy though she is far from an innocent babe. The story line feels like an African-American 2005 Peyton Place as it seems everyone is doing in everyone else; thus readers will feel no empathy to any character. Still Brenda L. Thomas provides a strong look at the downside of hanging with the in-crowd, which proves to be more glitter than gold.

Harriet Klausner


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