Esther Larson is a financial genius. In an attempt to overcome a painful childhood, Esther used her intelligence to get into college at fourteen. As the year went on, she became smarter and smarter, and eventually acquired a job at Charlotte First Mercantile Bank as a risk analyst. For seven years, she has compiled data regarding the behavior of banks globally. When she begins to recognize dangerous trends in the world's top banks, Esther is initially unsure about who to turn to to share her concerns. On top of the stress her job provides, Esther is worried about her brother, Nathan, who has been in a rehab facility following an auto accident. Having to make decisions about his care proves to be another layer of stress in Esther's life. Keeping to herself, she doesn't share her burdens with anyone. Until one afternoon when she finds herself in her friends' living room, being mock interviewed by a new acquaintance regarding her concerns about the global economy.
From that conversation, Esther's ideas begin to spread, and she begins to present her ideas on bigger platforms. Can she warn enough people about the impending doom? When the banks figure out what she is announcing to the world, can she stay alive long enough to help everyone?
A well-written story, The Domino Effect boasts a complex story line that will stretch readers' minds. While the story line is developed well, and the pacing of the story is wonderful, the characters are not well-developed. Beyond Esther, all of the other characters seem to be afterthoughts regarding the development of each one. There are a lot of secondary characters that can be hard to keep up with, and readers never really learn much about them despite the fact that they play an integral role to the story. Overall, the story within the pages of The Domino Effect is entertaining, but the characters are hard to connect with.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.