In this sexy debut novel, a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley - until a young woman's death threatens to topple it all.
The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street in The Underwriting, as it takes you behind closed doors into a postrecession world of sex scandals, power plays, and underhanded dealings.
Todd Kent is young, hot, and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its IPO. Given just two months to pull it off, Todd and his investment banking team - brainy Neha, party-boy Beau, and old college flame Tara Taylor - race to close the $14 billion deal of the decade. It's the chance of a lifetime for Tara, too, who sees her opportunity to break through the glass ceiling and justify six years of sacrifices for her career. But nothing is what it seems in Silicon Valley, and when tragedy strikes Stanford University's campus, there's no telling where the sparks will fly.
Read by MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, Lincoln Hoppe, Jorjeana Marie, Ozzie Rodriguez, and Tara Sands.
©2015 Michelle Miller (P)2015 Penguin Audio
I was engaged from the very beginning, the story flows as we tag along on a journey to take the popular app Hook public. The characters are fleshed out and quite despicable, and there's a few twists I won't reveal. My only issue with the Audible version is it actually had a moment of censorship, there were beeps during a particularly racy scene and any mention of the correct version of the female anatomy. Seriously??? While this didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book, I was a bit perturbed by the juvenile beeps and non-disclosure from Audible, although they may have rectified it by now. Still, by this book! It's just fun!
I was expecting a lot more from the story and how it ended left me at ends. who did it? what becomes of Tars? What does Juan decide to do? does the RA get charged? what happened to Hook? why didn't you finish the story?
Like another reviewer said, power through the various points of view. Its an intriguing story that doesn't disappoint! The ending leaves many questions hanging in the air. Wonder if there will be a sequel?
I like Tara because of her emotional arc. She's wise for 29.
Different narrators actually helps guide the reader through the landmine of many, many different perspectives.
Not work on Wall Street
The story is written is multiple points of view (There's Todd, Tara, Juan, Nick, Christopher, Amanda, and the girl who is murdered). It's maddening at first, but try to power through. If you do, you won't be disappointed.
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