The Darlings

The Darlings

Book - 2012
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A sophisticated page-turner about a wealthy New York family embroiled in a financial scandal with cataclysmic consequences.

Now that he's married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position.

But Paul's luck is about to shift: a tragic event catapults the Darling family into the media spotlight, a regulatory investigation, and a red-hot scandal with enormous implications for everyone involved. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties lie-will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?

Cristina Alger's glittering debut novel interweaves the narratives of the Darling family, two eager SEC attorneys, and a team of journalists all racing to uncover-or cover up-the truth. With echoes of a fictional Too Big to Fail and the novels of Dominick Dunne, The Darlings offers an irresistible glimpse into the highest echelons of New York society-a world seldom seen by outsiders-and a fast-paced thriller of epic proportions.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670023271
Characteristics: 338 p.


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Nov 13, 2015

This book could've used more editing. It tends to drag in the middle section. Otherwise it was an enjoyable read.

Nov 01, 2014

I found this book very confusing and unless you are really into the stock market..I would recommend a pass.

May 17, 2013

I loved this book and "couldn't put it down". The author does a great job with all the different characters and weaving her plot in a masterful way. I'm amazed that this is a first novel.

Aug 20, 2012

I really enjoyed this book! The subject matter -- the fallout from an exposed Ponzi scheme amongst some of New York City's rich elite -- is torn from recent headlines, yet the personal stories of those affected is riveting. As the novel progresses, the suspense mounts, and it becomes a story of who will make it first across the finishing line to protect their own interests from the long arm of the law. There are a lot of characters that I must confess it took me a while to sort out in my head, and each of these characters has a long and involved backstory that is not always germane to the plot. However, this is a minor quibble. The Darlings is a rollicking good read!

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