Book Review: The Domino Effect: A Novel, by Davis Bunn
What might happen if unregulated banks colluded on “investment” strategies? Might they be able to trigger a global meltdown that would plunge the world into depression? Might they be able to profit from the ensuing chaos and still become billionaires? These questions are the thread that ties together Davis Bunn’s latest novel, The Domino Effect.
The book tells the story of Esther Larsen, a top risk analyst at one of the country’s largest banking institutions. For years, she has been researching and tracking the trends that led to the 2008 stock market crash. She is becoming more and more convinced that a similar, yet more damaging, crash is looming on the horizon. As her own employer pursues risky “investment” strategies, she becomes convinced that she needs to speak up and warn someone of the danger. But what can one person do?
Like the biblical book of Esther which refers to God’s activity without mentioning his name, so this novel has characters who follow biblical principles without appearing overtly Christian. The main characters attend church and act in a moral fashion, but there is no mention of prayer or gospel message.
The book is a cross between a thrilling conspiracy story and a cautionary warning about the need to rein in big banks and those who design and institute economic policies. I enjoyed the story but got lost in some of the economic theory.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse/bookreviewers. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.