Sara Vilkomerson
February 24, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Darlings

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Cristina Alger
publisher
Pamela Dorman Books
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Forget Gossip Girl: If you really want a peek into the scandalous lives of New York City’s elite upper class, Alger’s debut novel — set during the financial downturn of 2008 — gets you pretty close. The hedge funds, designer clothes, and lush Hamptons homes are all on display. But Alger also deftly juggles a complicated and myriad cast of characters who orbit around an It Family, the Darlings, who are at the center of a Madoff-like Ponzi scheme. The Darlings moves so fast that it feels more like a thriller than a social drama. B+

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