The Darlings is Cristina Alger’s first novel. As you can probably tell by the title of this post, the book is about a well-to-do family living in NYC. The story takes place in 2008 during the height of the financial crisis. The Darling family and their daughters live high off the hog until right before Thanksgiving when their idyllic world comes crashing to a halt when the automobile of the partner of the family patriarch is found abandoned on a bridge. This leads everyone to assume he took his own life leaving his business partner to quickly tread the rough water created in his wake based on the missing partner’s involvement in a Ponzi scheme and impending SEC investigation which comes to light.
I found the story interesting, but guessed the outcome right off the bat. I won’t spoil it by giving it away. The story is heavily populated and at times, I found it difficult to keep the characters straight. To me, it seemed like The Real Housewives of New York meet the cast of Dynasty. Ironically, the novel is being developed by Bravo. I will keep my eyes open for it as I think I’d enjoy seeing it come to life.