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. Whe
Paul Ross works as general counsel for Delphic, and is married to Carter’s daughter, Merrill. His father in law hired him while Wall Street was suffering from the economic crisis of 2008. A few months into his employment, the SEC cont ...more
The Darlings is the story about a Thanksgiving weekend of the Darling family, uber wealthy and beautiful, who live in that rare ether of New York’s elite. Carter Darling heads a large financial institution and son-in-law Paul is his General Counsel. In his short story, The Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” While The Darlings might travel in rarefied circles normally, their reactions are suitably base when news comes of ...more
It was no surprise for me to read that she had worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr. Only a true insider could have written a book as authentic as this one. It’s page gripping and authentic, thrilling and gasp-inducing. In short, it ...more
ugh. this book reads like the author filled an entire five-subject notebook with character no ...more
I do have some r ...more
That's a tricky area. Fox News would have you believe that the Occupy Wall Street movement was all about people who resent the wealthy and feel like they are undeserving. They like to cast the uberwealthy as noble ...more
L/C Ratio: 40/60
(This means I estimate the author devoted 40% of her effort to creating a literary work of art and 60% of her effort to creating a commercial bestseller.)
40% - Wall Street corruption
30% - Family crisis
10% - New York high society
10% - Legal dealings
10% - Journalism
Perhaps Alger was setting herself up to fail when she decided to write a literary novel from the perspective of the Wall Street elite during the Great Recession. But what makes the characters ...more
1. The author seems to be trying to link 9/11 and the financial meltdown of 2008. Not cause-and-effect style, but spiritually, in a way. I didn't quite buy it, but it lent a little extra flavor to the story.
2. I am tired of stories about rich people in New York that do no more than describe the lives of rich people in New York. These novels pretend to cast a critical eye on all the wealth and luxury, but all they're really doing is chronicling the lifestyle, and the plot sometimes ...more
The entirety of the story, with the exception of the epilogue, takes place within just one week. I love that Alger ...more
The only real interest—and it was mild-- I had in The Darlings was wondering if Alger had meant to reference Peter Pan by naming her family the Da ...more
Two stars because I liked the amount of detail that went into the characters' relationships and backstories. That being said, there were WAY too many characters and they were all exactly the same, there was way too much information, and I found the whole scandal/crime to be highly implausible. It was just way too unrealistic.
I also didn't like ho ...more
The Darlings is described as a ‘sophisticated page-turner’ – a new genre perhaps? It could also be described as a financial thriller, although that doesn’t do much to sell the book, does it?! It’s much more glamorous than that.
From the first page, which is the scene of a suicide attempt from an unknown character, The Darlings reels you in. It’s fast-paced and each chapter title is a date and time over the ...more
Christina Alger’s debut novel has many readers intrigued. Bouncing between the perspectives of three main groups, The Darlings incorporates every opinion on the Wall Street Scandal. Taking place over Thanksgiving, the novel focuses around a family, the Darlings, and their friends, a magazine office, and the agency investigating the Ponzi scheme. After the suicide of Morty Reis, his company is thrown into the limelight as investigations discover his buisness’ illegitimacy. ...more
I wasn't sure whether or not I would enjoy The Darlings by Cristina Alger, but when the publisher sent me the paperback version and I started reading, I was hooked! For the most part, it's a fast paced tale ripped right from the headlines and seems to mirror the Bernie Maddoff scandal. Here's the blurb I received on it:
The Darlings is one of the first novels set during the fall of 2008, when New Yo ...more
In The Darlings, former financial analyst Cristina Alger explores the strength of family loyalty within the context of high society and high finance and lightly touches upon the motivations of those that turn a blind eye to the excesses of Wall Street.
The Darlings are the toast of Manhattan high society. Carter Darling, the patriarch of the clan, leads one of the most successful firms on Wall Street. His daughters, Lily and Merrill, are both beautiful a ...more
Make no mistake, Alger knows her material inside and out and deserves a lot of credit for manipulating her understanding of the economic crisis and legal knowledge into a work of fiction. Her obvious love for Manhattan and the lifestyle that city affords those privileged enough ...more
Not many of the wealthy characters are very likable in this book, except for Paul and Merrill. Although Carte ...more
The Darlings aren't your average family. They're the 1%, with Park Avenue apartments, weekends in the Hamptons, and jobs in high finance. Paul Ross, however, wasn't born into this life. He married into it when he married Merrill Darling. He feels lucky to be part of the family and to have a job working for Merrill's father, Carter, when so many others are getting ...more
Also, the author is presented as being a Wall Street insider, but she made some errors that annoyed me. Not that it detracts from the story, and 99% of the readers won't even notice, but since she is supposed to be an insider, these were little ...more
This review almost wrote itself and didn't feel like I was forcing it. I received an ARC of The Darlings from Penguin Canada and have been looking for an opportunity to read it for the last little while.
When you hear a title like The Darlings and see the cover of this novel you expect it to be set during the late 19th and early 20th century during the Gilded age in the United States. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. The ...more
Pas des plus palpitants, il se laisse lire mais le début est très long, beaucoup de personnages donc on ne sait plus qui est qui et qui est en relation avec qui meme si ils ont tout un lien. Beaucoup de fautes de typo... Pas top... Ils auraient pu le relire avant de l'imprimer... Et puis le dénouement est rapidement bouclé, bâclé, on ne sait pas ce qui se passe pour certains personnages. L'affaire en elle même n'est couverte que sur 1/4 du livre (et je sui ...more
This isn't the normal type of novel that I am drawn to. It's a straight-forward story. Little symbolism, no greater take-away meaning, and characters who are completely beyond my own social circle. Nevertheless, from the first page I couldn't put the book down. Most of the characters are surprisingly likable. The author does a great job of explaining the financial realm to non-NYC finance readers, such as myself.
Boring, predictable, and shallow. The author may know all about the hedge funds but when she decided to make one of the characters a fan of cooking educated in a culinary institute she should have done her research about baking a turkey. I didn't like how almost all the characters used the same words and thought in a similar way. Merill seems totally unrealistic with her blindness and just surfing on the surface of life, Paul is too naive for a New York investment lawyer. Marina serves a ...more
It wasn't boring but it wasn't exiting.
It wasn't that clever but it wasn't that stupid.
Mostly the book consisted of this:
- Every 7 pages a totally unknown and mostly uninteresting person would 'tell' the story (focalise, as I came to know :)). It could be either a millionaire or an assistent. So much for building a bridge between the upper and low classes...
- So. Much. Brand. Dropping. Honestly, do you think I care how your stupid non important financial business ...more
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