Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger



3 of 5 stars

"The Darlings" is the story of billionaire Carter Darling and his family. It chronicles their lives as they navigate from one New York society event to another. Paul Ross, a super-smart guy who is married to Merrill Darling, has already lived through one financial meltdown. With jobs scarce in the financial world, he has no choice, but to accept a position at his father-in-law's company. His world is turned upside down when a former flame brings him information about an SEC investigation. Will he help with the SEC's investigation or will he stand with his wife's family? 

I thought this book was going to be intriguing and exciting especially after reading the opening chapter, but the author introduces so many characters so quickly that it's hard to keep them all straight. From one chapter to the next, there is too much exposition on the lifestyle of the rich and famous and not enough on the characters.  The SEC investigation focuses on a Ponzi scheme of Carter's business associate Morty Reis. To me, it's the Bernie Madoff story again. The author certainly knows her way around the financial world, but it's hard to feel sympathy for the very snobbish super rich. I also found it was easy to put the book down between readings and that's never a good thing. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.