The Darlings

The Darlings

Book - 2012
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A Bonfire of the Vanities for our times, by an author who "knows her way around 21st-century wealth and power" ( The Wall Street Journal )

Since he married Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to all the luxuries of Park Avenue. But a tragic event is about to catapult the Darling family into the middle of a massive financial investigation and a red-hot scandal. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties really lie.

Debut novelist Cristina Alger is a former analyst at Goldman Sachs, an attorney, and the daughter of a Wall Street financier. Drawing on her unique insider's perspective, Alger gives us an irresistible glimpse into the highest echelons of New York society--and a fast-paced thriller of epic proportions that powerfully echoes Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children and reads like a fictional Too Big to Fail .

Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 9780143122753
Branch Call Number: ALG
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 24 cm


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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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