Review: The Darlings

Why I picked it: I accepted this book for review after reading the synopsis.

I'm just going to say it... since moving near NYC I enjoy reading about the wealthy and am amazed at the luxuries and wonder at the decisions some people make (a distorted view of reality). Based on these facts alone, this should have been a good story for me (I also live with a news junky and know more than I should about the 2008 market collapse).

Synopsis: 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. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position.

But Paul's luck is about to shift: a tragic event catapults the Darling family into the media spotlight, a regulatory investigation, and a red-hot scandal with enormous implications for everyone involved. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties lie-will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?

Type: Fiction

Quick Take: I'm left a little flat on how to review this book.  I didn't dislike it but I didn't love it.  If I'm honest, I was lost often while reading due to the sheer amount of characters I had to follow.  Each chapter was told from a different person, with a time stamp from the Weds before Thanksgiving, through turkey day and beyond.  Within the chapters 'she/he' was referenced from time to time, only I had no idea who that person was. 

I mostly enjoyed reading about Mr/Mrs Darling (Merrill's parents).  While his life was about to be exposed and fortune's tumbling.... the show must go on (Thanksgiving dinner).  It was interesting to read that a life ending tragedy happened yet the meal couldn't be interrupted.  The way this played out was the most interesting part of the novel for me.

Rating: 3 stars
Source: NetGalley