Book Review: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

Publisher: Penguin Books

Published: December 24, 2012

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

ISBN: 9780143122753

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

It’s the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, when his signature ride is found near a New York bridge, and a scandal is about to implode the Darlings of New York.  However, a mere death is but just the beginning to this story.  

Greed, family bonds, corruption, and patsies are in all the right places, resulting in a house of cards ready for a strong wind to send it careening out of control.

Paul Ross didn’t come from money.  He fell in love with Merrill Darling and money came with her.  Although some things about him the money has changed, he likes to think most of him stays intact.  He’s tried hard to keep family and business separate, in as much as he could, despite running in the same circles, and he had done a good job at that too.  However, things changed.  

Paul’s former employer has just been indicted on tax and securities fraud, and all the clients scattered.  Now, Paul works for Carter Darling at Delphic, in a newly created General Counsel position, and although he is grateful for the kindness of his father-in-law, Paul still isn’t keen on working with the Darlings, being owned by them.  He didn’t have a choice.  Firms saw his former employer then ran the other way and the financial sector was a mess, from Freddie and Fannie to AIG. Carter has always treated Paul with respect, but he barely has any job duties. His new employment was still being “created”, and after two months, he hadn’t added a whole lot to his job description.  

He handled the legal minutia and waited for items to be doled to him.  Some men would love this cushy job, but Paul’s legal mind needs to form a complete picture of Delphic. While signing documents didn’t make you an expert on things, it did make you the point person. And the points meant always having to go to Carter for answers.  

Sometimes, Paul just didn’t like the answers . . . take RCM for instance.

A lower level SEC lawyer is asking questions about RCM and even Carter don’t seem to know the answers, since RCM is the baby of the other Delphic partner, Alain.  As such, even though Carter is a close friend to the head of RCM, Morty Reis, Alain is the only one who has the knowledge about the fund and all the answers.  

RCM is an investment opportunity that even Delphic has flesh in the game on, so you’d figure that Alain would be providing feedback constantly.  He doesn’t.  Carter won’t push him because Alain is the face of Delphic and the reason Delphic has done so well.

Meanwhile, the television news pans over a crowd to land on a townhouse.  

This red door Paul knows well.  Instinctively, he calls Carter.  The call goes straight to voice mail.  Turning up the sound, Paul realizes trouble is about to begin.

Morty is dead.  Now, the answers can’t wait.

My Take:

THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger will keep you in suspense!

Inside the New York Darlings, you’ll find some jewels and some thorns.  You’ll be an invisible part of the inner circle—watching things unfold to bring down powerhouses of the financial world.   In 2008, the financial sector fell apart, taking with it families like the Darlings. 

Nothing will prepare you for the end, since there really is no honor among thieves.

Cristina Alger’s legal and financial experience lends itself to writing a gripping story and her background will bring to life THE DARLINGS series on BRAVO!  I’m sure you’ll be full of anticipation with me to meet this family on television. THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger is a standalone title but easily lends itself to the upcoming series.


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