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This book was released a year ago and it’s just as relevant now as it was then. Obviously, our economic recovery isn’t progressing as quickly as some would like. For some reason I put this aside and only just picked it up last week. I’m not sure what made me wait, but I’m glad I finally read it. All of the marketing materials say that this is a story of a financial disaster that relates to the 2008 banking and finance crisis but really, what it boils down to is that this is a story about family and the different characters that make up a family.

This story is told in a third person narrative from several points of view. That proved to be a little challenging from time to time as there were many characters and it would often take me a page or so of a new chapter to figure out whose perspective we were hearing at that moment. It wasn’t until I was half-way through the book before I could start a new chapter and immediately know whose point of view we were getting. The story begins and takes off. Someone, it appears has killed himself. But you aren’t sure who. And even when you get told who is is you still wonder who i n the world was telling the story from the beginning. The finance aspect of the story is intriguing, especially since I work for the CFO of a publicly traded company and have spoken to the SEC on many occasions.  Fortunately, there was just enough finance in this book to explain the problems that the family was in, but it didn’t overdo it like some other books. (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo–I’m looking at you). There was quite a bit of foreshadowing in this book though and I have to say I read the signs pretty easily. That usually doesn’t happen to me. I wasn’t sure whether I should be happy about this or not and then I realized that I was glad. It was like trying to put together a puzzle and finishing it before the timer goes off.  The good thing too, is that I was right about somethings and wrong about others.  I did enjoy the character development too as these characters could have been easy not to like but Alger gives us some insight to their inner workings and makes them sympathetic at some times. Which made what could have been unlikeable characters redeemable.

This book was a good palette cleanser.

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