Fiction: The Fallout by Margaret Scott
In her day job, Kildare-based accountant Margaret Scott operates in a black-and-white world of facts and figures; which, as a novelist makes her foray into the myriad grey areas of the human psyche all the more compelling - not least because she does it so very well.
Set in the Dublin offices of fictional German bank DKB in 2011, The Fallout delves into the darker side of banking and shows how working in a ruthless environment can turn friends into foes and sometimes push good people to do dreadful deeds.
Dedicated to "every Mary, Kate, Olivia and Leona worldwide who goes to work every day and just tries to get the balance right," the narrative proceeds with the main characters' multi-layered tales. There's Kate who joined DKB following a maternity break. Kate has no grand career plan, she just wants to do her job. But is that enough?
Then there's Mary who has given her life to DKB and is now seriously miffed; why isn't she being properly rewarded?
After years of hard graft Olivia has had enough. Now at home with her children she looks back at her time with DSK and resolves to do something about it.
Meanwhile the pressure of work has pushed Leona to neglect pretty much everything else - including her husband and child. Only when all that she loves most comes under threat does Leona finally step back and see the bigger picture.
Expertly crafted with a page-turning storyline, this is a terrific read.
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