Tuesday, February 19, 2013

{Review} The Darlings by Cristina Alger

ISBN #: 978-0143122753
Page Count: 338
Copyright: December 24, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Now that he's married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to all the luxuries of Park Avenue. When Carter offers him a lucrative, high profile position at his hedge fund, Paul is thrilled with his good fortune. But Paul's luck is about to change: A tragic event will catapult the Darling family into the middle of a regulatory investigation and a red-hot scandal. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties really lie.

The Darlings is an irresistible glimpse into the highest echelons of New York society and a fast-paced thriller of epic proportions.

Mandy's Review:

Let's start with the title: The Darlings. Not only is that the last name of the family we're reading about, but it's also synonymous with how the family is treated within New York social circles. They're the favored among the elite. They're invited to all the VIP events. They are New York society's darling and are treated very favorably.

Be careful while at the top though, because the only place you can go is down.

People at the top often forget to be careful: about relationships, about communications, about the law. They almost feel as if they're untouchable. When a huge wrecking ball, in the form of a nation's financial crisis, shatters the crystal tower they live in, the Darlings begin to realize they're not invincible. It's hard to feel sorry for a family that did what it took to get where they were. It's hard to feel sorry for them when they trusted others to do what they should have done. The only people I felt any sympathy for were Merrill and Paul. They were actually the two honest people of the family and didn't deserve to go through the stress and emotional upheaval.

I found it a little difficult to keep all the characters straight at first and whom was married to whom. As long as I kept reading the story and didn't stop to take breaks, I found it easier to keep up with. The novel is well-written and the progression of the story is flawless. It read like an insider's expose. If you enjoy reading about celebrities' private lives and their problems, then I think you'd enjoy reading The Darlings.

*A paperback copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I was surprised how much I was taken with this book. If you'd asked me if I thought I'd like a book about the uber-rich and the problems they have when they mismanage their (and other people's) money, I'd have said, No thanks. But the story was surprisingly engaging.


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