The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger

The Banker's Wife

Cristina Alger

The Banker's Wife is both a high-stakes thriller and an inside look at the personal lives in the intriguing world of finance, introducing Cristina Alger as a powerful new voice in the genre.

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A USA Today Bestseller

"Immersive, satisfying, tense--and timely: This is probably happening for real right now."--Lee Child

"First-rate...Slick, heart-hammering entertainment."--The New York Times Book Review


On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew's death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.

Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. Now that she's engaged to Grant Ellis, she will stop writing about powerful families and finally be a part of one. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York's social scene is more appealing than any article could ever be, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including a few who are too close to home. The story could also be the answer to Annabel's heartbreaking search--if Marina chooses to publish it.

The Banker's Wife is both a high-stakes thriller and an inside look at the personal lives in the intriguing world of finance, introducing Cristina Alger as a powerful new voice in the genre.


Advance Galley Reviews

Plane crash Alps Two dead Matthew and Fatima Amir Miami New York Paris London Panama Geneva Caymans Corruption Investigations Encrypted data Offshore Bank Millionaires CEO Financial institutions International banker Journalists A good thriller, with all keywords above listed in play of things in a plot twisting cautionary tale on greed and moral codes. A wife that thought it would be all temporary, her husband told her so, the moving from country to country, the money kept pouring in so much of it, they could settle and enjoy life, then he dies in a plane crash, and the whole house cards comes tumbling down. A tale with one bankers’ wife and a journalist up against uncovering truths, on money hidden, secrets hidden, lives hidden and cunning financial criminals. https://more2read.com/review/the-bankers-wife-by-cristina-alger/

A little slow to start for me, but after awhile it started picking up and I really enjoyed it. A very intense thriller that is full of twists and turns. Highly Recommend!

What a fabulous peek into the world of high finance. The story captured me from the first pages and kept me enthralled throughout. The settings were spectacular, Geneva and New York especially. I loved the strong women that carried the book. And the drama and mystery were exciting and kept me riveted to each page. I highly recommend this book. It was delicious.

This book was a little hard to get into, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Annabel was a very likeable character and Marina was relentless in her search for the truth. Overall I loved the book and look forward from more from this author.

I had trouble getting into this book. It wasn't bad but it wasn't holding my attention well. When I got about halfway done, it expired so I wasn't able to finish it.

In Cristina Alger's The Banker's Wife, this phenomenal thriller deals with ground-breaking real life topics you hear in the news everyday. For Marina Tourneau, she was a happily engaged woman and investigative journalist for the Wall Street Journal. But when she received a phone call from her editor-in-chief Duncan Sander, he proposed an interesting investigative case for her to write. It all started with a tip with some information on Morty Reiss, a man who had stashed hidden offshore funds and caused a financial scandal across the border. Duncan needed Marina to help him track him down. But later, she learned that Duncan was murdered, which set her world into a tailspin. For Annabel Werner, she believed that her husband Matthew was killed in a plane accident. But things aren't what they seem, when she learns more about her husband's dealings with the Swiss United Bank in Switzerland. For Marina and Annabel who had never met each other, they have questions and look for hidden connections to the same place, while hearing more secrets and lies. And Zoe Durand, who's one of the whistleblowers had risked her life to tell what she knows to blows this story wide open. But there's a lot of people who would stand in their way, even if it might hit close to home, with a twisted and shocking ending you can't believe.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a great thriller with twists and turns. It made a terrific summer read. I would highly recommend for a fun read. I loved the story, the characters and the action.

A little thin in terms of character development and plot twist, but over all entertaining. Not a bad read.

The Banker’s Wife is a roller coaster of a story that takes the reader in several different directions. Annabel is an American living with her husband Matthew in Europe while he climbs the ranks at Swiss United. Meanwhile, journalist Marina Tourneau, recently engaged, has decided to give up her career until her mentor is murdered, leading her to investigate one last time. When Matthew’s plane goes down, everyone assumes it was an accident. But Annabel thinks it was deliberate. Why do Matthew’s coworkers try to convince her otherwise? What was Matthew involved in? And how is his death connected to Marina’s story? The story is written well and the twist near the end is satisfying.

This novel is an intense thrilling ride that connects people with no knowledge of each other, seemingly from different worlds, in the biggest of ways. The writing is unique, powerful, and fast paced, and our narrator Annabel, is left in a world brimming with devastation, secretative motivations, huge betrayals, and cruel intentions! It becomes apparent that there is no clear path and she struggles every step of the way to unravel the never ending array of secrets left behind by her husband and every character throughout these pages.This novel has a depth and detail that is astounding.It calls for undivided attention, and sucks you deep into a vortex you couldn't possibly have anticipated! Cristina Alger's 'The Banker's Wife' is a high stakes brilliant look at a devilishly thrilling, secretive, and twisted world and to miss it would be tragic!

The Bankers Wife is a superb thriller! One early stormy morning in November, a couple board a private plane bound for Geneva. Soon after the plane takes flight it drops off the radar; the wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Matthew Lerner, a banking insider at Swiss United has disappeared. His widow, Annabel, is left struggling with the many secrets Matthew has left behind. One chilling secret is an encrypted laptop that has a client list on it. I loved the unraveling of secrets from each characters point of view. Thank you Penguin First To Read for my ARC in exchange for my honest review!

An intense legal thriller, "The Banker's Wife" is for fans of works by Joseph Finder and John Grisham. Two women worlds apart are connected by the fallout of a plane crash. Annabel Werner's powerful husband who works for a shady offshore bank left behind quite a mess as people are after his computer left behind with sensitive information. Journalist Marina Tourneau is involved as her boss has asked her to be a handler for inside information on the bank and the shady banking deals it's made...and after he ends up dead, the stakes get even higher. As the two grow closer to the truth, someone is out to make sure what they know never gets released as an international conspiracy involving major players is about to be exposed. Sometimes a bit lengthy and a lot of banking practices that will go over the head of the regular reader, the pace nevertheless picks back up again and again as we get closer to a revealing ending. Surely a thriller for the bookshelves of fans of this genre.

A thrilling mystery that kept me reading all night. The world of offshore banking is awash with people who work hard, play hard and are not always on the right side of the law. Living the life most of us could only dream of, exclusive clubs, highest end hotels and dripping with jewels are the Banker's and their wives. But it's not all as easy as it looks, could you deal illegally, with world criminals and still sleep sound at night? Journalists try hard to crack just one of these bankers for details of illegal dealings which could make the story of their life but to what cost? your life? their life? Told from the perspective of the recently widowed banker's wife, and the journalist, who also recently lost someone, a co-worker who thought he had a lead this fast paced crime/mystery novel is definitely an interesting read.

Book Description On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Lerner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. My Thoughts The Banker's Wife was one of those books that kept me up late, and I am not complaining about a bit of lost sleep as it was well worth it. This is a tale about international banking told from the perspectives of three women. Annabel, whose banker husband died in a plane crash, Marina, a journalist investigating a story of corruption, greed, and betrayal and Zoe, who was Michael's assistant. Different pieces of this thrilling puzzle come together as information is revealed from each character's point of view. The financial aspect was well written and didn't leave me feeling confused. It is an intriguing story and the pages just flew by as I was totally engrossed. Thank you, Cristina Alger, and First to Read for the complimentary digital copy.

The Banker's Wife is a great thriller. From the time Matthew Weber dies in a plane crash throughout the story as his wife tries to get to the truth of what happened, the south or keeps your attention. I loved the character and the action. This was a page turner, I couldn't put it down! Thanks for the opportunity to read it in advance. I highly recommend it to any mystery lover.

This book starts with the death of investment banker Matthew Werner in a mysterious plane crash in the Alps. His wife, Annabel, begins seeking answers about his death and only finds more questions about the cause of the crash, the beautiful female client he died with, and the corrupt company he worked for. Swiss United is an investment bank with offshore accounts worth billions that serves many criminal clients, and they will do anything to keep their operation a secret. Marina is a journalist marrying into a rich, powerful family. Her future father in law is just days from announcing his candidacy for president. While on vacation in Paris with her fiance, her boss Duncan asks her to meet a source for a story. Hours later, Duncan is dead and Marina is in fear for her life. While investigating the story, information is revealed that will force her to choose between publishing the truth or loyalty to her future family. This was a really good thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who was going to be killed next. I love the strong female characters in the story, they kept me guessing their next move until the last page. Thank you Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to review this great book.

Really enjoyed this book. It was quick to grab me and I just wanted to keep reading it to get to the end. It really was a twisted little web of characters.

I had read and enjoyed Cristina Alger's The Darlings, but The Banker's Wife was far superior in terms of plot and pacing. A smart espionage thriller, Alger brings the shady world of off-shore banking to life. I especially enjoyed the fact that the novel is told from the perspective of three smart female characters who dominate the plot. The book is hard to put down and is highly recommended.

A special thank you to Penguin First to Read for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. On a November morning, a private plane departs for Geneva, but crashes in the Alps after experiencing stormy weather. Among the passengers was Matthew Lerner, a banking insider with the powerful offshore bank Swiss United. His widow, Annabel, is left with an encrypted laptop and a questionable client list. In her desperate search for answers, she learns that Matthew's death was no accident, and she is now involved. Society journalist Marina Tourneau is on top of the world. She is engaged to Grant Ellis, son of a powerful politician and is finally part of the upper echelon of New York. After the death of her mentor, she reluctantly agrees to investigate one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that will not only implicate, but bring down some of the most powerful players in the financial industry. No one is immune, including some who are close to home. The story may also bring answers to Annabel's search, that is if Marina chooses to publish. Alger's globetrotting thriller was a mixed bag for me. I found the beginning slow, but I'm glad I stuck with it because the story really picked up to a frenzied finish. The writing was quick and sharp, but I did feel that the characters could have been further developed and I think that Alger hides this weakness behind her clever plot. Written from both female perspectives, the characters needed to be more than they were, they simply lacked the depth needed. What I did like was that they were the perfect pairing—one was trying to uncover a secret while the other was trying to conceal information. Fans of the thriller/mystery genre will devour this book. Once you get into the story, the pace is quick, just what one would expect.

This is a well-paced, sophisticated novel that I enjoyed much more than I expected to. It follows two different woman (none of them unreliable- hallelujah) as they deal with secrets and danger in relation to a very large powerful bank. I really liked Annabel and Marina. They are both intelligent, strong and capable. I was immediately drawn into the story and it kept my attention to the end. While reading this, I kept imagining it as a movie or a limited series. I don't think the novel reinvents the thriller genre, but it's definitely a nice addition. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to read this and I will definitely check out other novels by Cristina Alger.

The Banker’s Wife Cristina Algers A fascinating and fast-paced investigative thriller complete with strong and smart women characters. SUMMARY A handsome couple boards a private plane in London bound for Geneva. An hour after takeoff the plan drops off the radar, and it’s wreckage is thought to be spotted atop Mt. Trélod, in the Swiss Alps. Among the missing is Matthew Werner, a banking executive at Swiss United Bank, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel is left grappling with the secrets he’s left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a confidential client list. As she begins to search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident. Someone wanted him dead. And now his enemies are her enemies. Marina Tourneau an investigative journalist for Press magazine, had finally made it to the top. She’s in Paris celebrating her engagement to Grant Ellis, of Ellis Enterprises, a multinational corporation. She will be joining the ranks of one of the most powerful families in the country. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is just about more appealing than any article she could ever write. But after the death of her editor and mentor, Duncan Sander’s she agrees to investigate one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information from an anonymous source that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including some who are too close to home. The story is huge and if Marina chooses to publish it, it could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search for the truth. REVIEW The pages in this compelling thriller turn themselves. It’s a fascinating story and best of all it’s complete with two or three strong and smart women. This is just the type of book I have been looking for all year. Finding books with strong women characters is not quite as easy as you might think. THE BANKERS WIFE is a perfect blend of well-developed characters, picturesque settings and a riveting story. The story covers the globe, from London to Geneva to Paris to New York to the Cayman Islands and cleverly layers both Annabel’s and Marina’s lives and perspectives, through alternating chapters. The intensity sustained through the novel makes it an easy prediction that you’ll find this book on the bestseller list very soon. I would even love to see THE BANKERS WIFE made into a movie! It’s that good! CRISTINIA ALGERS has also authored The Darlings (2012) and This Was Not the Plan (2016). A graduate of Harvard College and NYU law school, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children. Thanks to Penguin First to Read for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher G. P. Putnam’s Sons Publication July 3, 2018

I read this in basically a day—I could not put it down. The Banker’s Wife is a fast paced thriller with a lot of twists and turns. The different narrators worked very well together to build the story. I didn’t find the ending that surprising but it was satisfying.

I loved this book. It started a little slow, but then took off. I loved each of the main female characters. They were so strong and resilient. Surprise twists here and there. I wasn't always sure who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. Definitely kept my interest and was hard to put down. Great ending, too. Highly recommend this book. Can't wait to read more from this author. Thank you First to Read for the advance copy.

Slow at first but I really enjoyed this novel. Looking forward to finding more from this author. Good book.

'The Banker's Wife' by Cristina Alger turned into a page turner, but it started out quite slow for me. I loved that the majority of the book alternated between Annabel's and Marina's perspectives. It is unusual to have a white crime thriller told from a female perspective, let alone three women characters. Overall, I'd give this book 4 stars. I'll look for other Cristina Alger books in the future. Thanks to Penguin Random House for the advanced copy!

Overall the book was decent with a twist ending. Some parts of the book were slow.

Epic! This book has a little bit of everything and the story is told in such a way as to keep the reader on the edge of their seat the entire time! Holy cow! Amazing story and amazing author. Will definitely be on the lookout for more novels by Cristina Alger! Must read!

Thank you Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This book is the DEFINITION of un-put-downable. I can honestly say that this story sucked me right in from the beginning and kept my rapt attention to the very last page, which is no easy feat. When a private plane crashes in the Alps, Annabel suddenly finds herself a widow caught up in a web of highly powerful and dangerous people looking for the information her husband knew before his death. On the other side of the world, Marina is trying to untangle the mysterious lead her mentor left her with before his highly suspicious death. It is not long before Marina is caught up in the same web of explicit danger that Annabel is in - and racing against the clock and all odds to reveal the truth before she becomes the next dead body. Everything about this book is spot on - high intensity, face paced action with twists at every turn. I loved every character, good and bad, and absolutely LOVED watching strong female characters grapple with taking down very powerful men. I'm a sucker for a good flawed character, as well as a villain with a conscience and this book delivers both in spades. Seeing complex characters who are forced to re-examine their actions over and over makes for absolutely compelling reading. I could not stop reading this book, I HAD to find out what happened next, which is all to say that this book devoured me. Fingers crossed that someone decides to turn this into a movie, as I think we have a great white buffalo on our hands - a book that would truly do film justice. 100% recommend for all the bookworms out there. GET THIS.

I was excited to receive an advance reading copy of this book and it didn't disappoint. It was suspenseful and interesting and I couldn't put it down.

I was really drawn to this story and liked the political intrigue throughout. I loved that the pacing was fast and that there was a lot of second guessing on who was the mole. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and think that this author is a welcome addition. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

I want to thank Penguin Random House the publisher for an ARC from First to Read for my honest review. When it comes to fiction, I look for books that involve me completely —whether it’s because of the beautiful writing, the power of the story, or the characters, and in a perfect book it’s all three. I knew I’d just read a novel that mixed all the elements for a good drama, with a twist. The lead characters all had me engaged, they by no means weren't likeable but they were real. The Author has left me wanting more. I will look for this Authors books in the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one... The double-focus tale, with the story developing through the parallel eyes of the investigative journalist breaking the story of her career and the widow trying to survive (literally) the death of her husband, was a perfect point-counterpoint that kept me engaged and furiously flipping pages. Marina and Annabel were great female characters, well-rounded and fascinating as they navigated their separate ways through the increasingly dangerous waters they found themselves in because of the actions of the men in their respective lives. Alger's writing style was exceptionally well-paced, blending just the right amount of detail and backstory into the unfolding drama. The supporting cast offered a marvelous set of contrasts and added just the right amount of suspenseful motive questioning to keep me guessing - and even after I had guessed on where a couple of the characters' true motivations (and loyalties) lay, I was still engrossed in the way things played out right up until the very last pages. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from Cristina Alger!

The Banker’s Wife is a fast-paced and thrilling novel about illegal off-shore banking. There are three very strong-willed female characters amid the journalists and bankers telling the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, with settings around the world including Switzerland, London, the Caribbean and the USA. I’m expecting a movie from this excellent thriller.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this. It started kind of slow. But before I knew it I was almost a hundred pages in. I liked reading from different characters perspective to get more than one side of the story. I would definitely recommend this page turner.

The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger is an entertaining pager turner with light intrigue. It was reminiscent of The Expats in feel ;mixing intrigue and Swiss banking. I enjoyed that the action is seen from the the journalist fiancee, the 'bankers wife', with a third POV of the banker's assistant giving us several points of interaction and information. Was everything believable? Not really. Women that all of a sudden go up against long term corruption and international criminals with no training and very few contacts? hmmm. But that didn't stop me from turning the pages. Perfect for poolside *Thank you to Penguin Random House First to Read for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*

This book was really powerful and intense! I was sucked in from the first page. It was full of suspense, with twists and turns with every corner!! I would recommend this book for a good thriller!!

I enjoyed this book and the different setting of offshore banking. The author did a good job keeping me from getting confused and kept the book suspenseful.

The Bankers Wife ... I will admit I'm struggling to review this book kindly. It was a face paced thriller and there was some beautiful foreshadowing going on but that's about all it had going for it. There were several moments where the characters names were interchanged and that mistake drives me bonkers. I mean, I can understand it happening once but after the fourth time I just want to throw my hands up and slam the book down. My second issue is more about me than the writing and that's the fact that all of the financial stuff went right over my head. The "meat" of the book just didn't make a lick of sense to me. I couldn't relate at all to the two female lead characters...there wasn't a lot of depth to either of them. And as far as thrillers go...I predicted the ending very early on ... again the foreshadowing was there but maybe it was a bit overstated? I seem to be in the minority for this book but I'll give it three stars because someone else might just love the financial aspect of it. I was provided a copy of this book from first to read in exchange for my honest review.

Besides the obvious typos and interchanging of character names (which is a big pet-peeve of mine!), i really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start off with but really managed to pick up speed about a fourth of the way through. I am normally an avid reader of thrillers and detective-crime novels, so this book was right up my alley. I liked the fact that it was about white-collar crimes and not murder, etc. Same genre, different subject. I really enjoyed the characters. I felt that the reader is able to connect with the characters on a personal level, which is sometimes hard for me when I read a new author. I especially liked how certain characters took matters into their own hands and didn't succumb to the evil in the book. I would and have recommended this book to a few friends. If you like crime novels and thrillers, this is a good one to pick up.

I really enjoyed this fast paced thriller!! There were some predictable twists and turns, but overall, it was hard to put down. I actually like a book that changes the characters perspective during the drama....so switching each chapter to a new character didn’t bother me, but I can see how this doesn’t appeal to all readers. It does make you wonder if this type of tax evasion is as prevalent as this novel depicts, which is part of the intrugie for me. Looking forward to reading more from Alger in the future.

This was a pretty good book. I related to both of the main characters, and the book was suspenseful until the end. It wasn't one of those books that I couldn't wait to keep reading more of the same thing, and I kind of was able to guess what was coming, but over all a good read.

Overall I thought it was a great book, with everything you would expect from an early Grisham-type book, including a tax lawyer as a main character, the underground financial markets, politicians, journalists and other interesting characters. The story was fast paced. I will say that I found the switching between characters very confusing and often had to think hard as to which perspective is being told now. Ironically the author critiques another popular novel for the same flaws within the story.

Wow! This book really pulled me in the from start. While I don't normally read this kind of story, this one managed to keep me interested from start to finish. There were so many twists and turns that I never even saw coming! Excellent read from start to finish. As it is a pet peeve of mine, corrections should be made as follows: Page 10 - now maybe this was just the layout of the copy I was reading, but co-wrote came out cow-rote...kinda threw me for a second Page 36 - says "for a his", please remove the "a" Page 278 - says "around head", please change to "around her head" Page 308 - says "from his, face," - please remove the comma in between his and face

This is my first time reading Cristina Alger's work. I must say for a financial based thriller it was right on the money. There were high stakes. I am glad there wasn't a lot of jargon that I couldn't understand. I liked the female protagonists even though I didn't feel I had much in common with them. I still rooted for them. I was hooked on the story from start to finish. Well done

This is my first book by this author. I don't normally read financial crimes books and was a little skeptical at first. Took a few chapters to really catch my attention. Once i was hooked, the book flew.

Such a suspenseful read that sucked me in from the beginning! I kept thinking throughout the entire book that it would make such an amazing movie! I loved the character viewpoint changes with each chapter and the way each of their stories were connected! I also loved multiple strong female characters in this book! 5 stars!

I really enjoyed reading this book. With so many characters and twists, it was hard to tell who was on which side. Each chapter wove the story together more. Considering the complexity of the plot, the story was very well told and intriguing. Definitely a great summer read!

This book has everything. The Bankers Wife has intrigue, beautiful world-wide backdrops, twists and turns and murder. What else could you ask for? The female characters are powerful and smart and appreciate the role the men in their lives play. This book would make a great movie.

I tried with this one but it just didn't hold my attention so I won't be finishing or reviewing it.

Riveting story that was really interesting. Lots of tension as to who was going to be murdered over this huge story. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book based on the fact it was about the financial world but it was so well written and the women characters were so interesting and I was rooting for them to survive. It turned out to be a great thriller that was interesting and easy to read. I didn't want to put it down once I started it and finished it in a couple days. Loved the twist at the end.

Annabel Lerner is devastated when she hears the news her husband Matthew, an employee of Swiss United, has been killed in a plane crash. But his death has left more questions than answers and Annabel becomes convinced some powerful people connected to the offshore bank wanted him dead. Journalist Marina Tourneau is set to marry Grant, who comes from a wealthy family and whose father is set to run for president. When her colleague and mentor, Duncan, turns up dead, Marina digs deep into the story he was working on about Swiss United and uncovers shocking evidence that could bring down some of the most powerful and prominent people in the world. But publishing the "story of a lifetime" could mean Marina's life is in danger. While I don't read many books that focus on the financial world, I think it is safe to say most of them revolve around men. So I was pleased this book featured some strong female characters. I loved the back and forth perspectives of the grieving widow and the journalist. This book really held my interest throughout which is exactly what I want in a thriller. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn't find anything that surprising or shocking towards the end of the book. Even though there were parts that were fairly predictable, it still was a fun read and I definitely recommend if you like the genre. Thank you to First to Read for the advance digital copy!

This was my first time reading Cristina Alger. Quick paced thriller and a smooth transition between the main characters. Good twist at the end.

In this rapid-read financial thriller, banker's wife Annabel Werner learns that, rather than being in London as he told her, her husband Matthew was killed when the small plane he was traveling in crashed in the Alps. As she struggles with her grief, Annabel discovers that Matthew's death was no accident and, after connecting with Matthew's assistant Zoe who had his laptop, that the death appears connected with Swiss United, Matthew's powerful and unscrupulous Geneva-based off-shore bank employer. Meanwhile, journalist Marina Tourneau, upset by the death of her mentor, decides to pursue his research into Swiss United and its network of shady clients, resulting in a block-buster story with international ramifications.

This book should've been called something like Wives of Bankers or something you know because I felt like there were two protagonists so why title it based on one of them (especially when the other one did a bit more of actual work). Here's a story whirling around offshore accounts of billionaires' barely legitimate money. The scandals, the loopholes, the tax evasion, the dirty business around it all. That part was interesting and coming from a writer who has real knowledge of the workings of the financial sector, it seemed plausible. A banker from a prominent Swiss bank dies in a plane crash in the Alps and we don't know if it was an accident or a murder. His wife sets out to unravel that mystery. On the other side of the Atlantic, a news editor is shot dead and his colleague and friend who also happens to be the fiancee of the son of a presidential candidate finds herself in the midst of a story she didn't think she was going to write. Unbeknownst to her until then, her fiance and FIL are also hoarding dollars in the same Swiss bank from which the plane-crash banker was. Eventually the two separate investigative stories merge and draw parallels and the entire scam is cracked open. Typical mystery. Just adequately gripping. Really nothing more to say about that. I liked the references to art pieces here and there. What I did not like was that the author spent a lot of words on describing physical appearances in a lofty way at times. All the characters seemed to be out of the Hollywood or something (which I know is the case mostly with opulence) but I din't think it was necessary to dwell on the descriptions so much. Also, the characters didn't have much depth. Despite being super-rich and all, they seemed bland really and unimpressive even for the story. Overall, I'd recommend it if you're an avid fan of mysteries and like female oriented stories.

Could hardly put this one down. Following three likable, strong, smart women through an interesting story of intrigue is unusual and this one made for a good read. Well written and informative. I’ll be exploring other books by Cristina Alger. Many thanks to Penguin Books First to Read for an ARC in return for an honest review.

After reading the heart-stopping THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager, I was in the mood for another thriller, and THE BANKER'S WIFE seemed like the perfect choice. I will admit, however, that I was slightly worried about a thriller based on the illicit side of the financial world. I wondered if it would be interesting or if it would be bogged down with financial lingo and details. Luckily, that was not the case one bit, as THE BANKER'S WIFE is thrilling as well as suspenseful, filled with plenty of jaw-dropping moments! The one aspect that I loved the most about THE BANKER'S WIFE was the way in which Christina presented the financial world. I already knew some details about offshore accounts and how people funnel through money into them through shell corporations; however, Christina Alger showed that there's so much to it than just that. She never overwhelmed the text with facts; instead, she incorporated details and descriptions when the characters stumbled upon new things. It gave a very natural feel. It's insane to think how easy it is for people to get around the rules. THE BANKER'S WIFE includes two main perspectives: Annabel, the wife of a Swiss United banker, and Marina, an investigative reporter. While Annabel and Marina never run into each other directly over the course of the story, their stories are deeply interconnected. As an investment banker's wife, Annabel's learned two things about that banking world (1) it's 24/7, around the clock work and (2) it has the ability to drive a deep wedge between a couple. While she knows that Matthew is doing what he thinks is best for their family, Annabel is deeply unhappy. She doesn't like her new home, and she hates that she almost never sees him. I liked Annabel from the start. She may not realize it at first, but she's an incredibly strong women. When the story first begins, Annabel knows very little about Matthew's work, and she hates that feeling of helplessness, especially since it seems that there was foul play involved in Matthew's plane crash. Instead of sitting quietly and waiting for someone else to solve the case, she dives head first into her own investigation, going to many dark corners of the banking world in the process. I give her major props and respect for that. She's a tough cookie. Plus she's also incredibly smart and resourceful. I enjoyed watching her Nancy Drew her way through the different clues, and I hoped throughout that she would get the closure she craved. As a reporter, Marina's gotten herself involved in a lot of nutty situations over the years to get a story; however, she may just be in over her head this time around. Like Annabel, Marina has also suffered a great loss: the death of her boss and beloved mentor due to an apparent home invasion. Marina doesn't believe that it was some random act, especially given the story he was working on - bringing down a suspected bad guy based on offshore accounts, ones that may be linked to Swiss United. Marina is tough and resourceful. She'll do anything to find out what happened to her boss, and more importantly, she'll do anything to break such a big story. When the book first begins Marina is thinking about quitting due to her upcoming nuptials, and throughout the book, she dwells over this dilemma. I feel that it added a lot to her character, because given how much she wanted to investigate this story, no matter how much her husband-to-be told her to let it go, showed just how dedicated of a reporter she was. I won't say too much about the plot because it's one you just need to experience for yourself; however, I will say that Christina did such a fantastic job of developing it/bringing it all together. There was always a twist in store, something that changed everything, and I loved that aspect. I love being shocked and knocked off my seat, even if does mean I end up staying up way to late reading. As I said before, Christina brings the two stories together, and in doing so, she plays off the narratives. It was exciting to see how events overlapped, how something suspicious in Annabel's POV was addressed in Marina's. It kept me thinking that's for sure! The writing here is also top-notch. It's tight and to-the-point; however, Christina still manages to flesh out the many emotions of the characters. I could easily feel Annabel's heartbreak and determination as well as Marianna's passion, fearlessness, and occasional indecision. Quite simply, the writing is what made the story come to life in front of my eyes. In all, I can't suggest The Banker's Wife highly enough! It's a unique and well written addition to the thriller world, and most importantly, it introduces so many strong women! I loved seeing Annabel and Marina kick butt and take names, and while the ending may have been a tad too coincidental, it made me so incredibly happy.

Exotic international locations, naive spouses, complex financial shenanigans and secret bank accounts provide fodder for a really good thriller written by Cristina Alger. The financial backstory never overpowers this tale of a plane crash and the bereaved widow’s fears that someone is out to get her for unknown reasons. This sense of paranoia infects the tale perfectly as it moves from Geneva to London to the French countryside. While some of the details may be a bit predictable, all told the book is well worth reading for thriller fans.

This book was a thrilling read! Once I was about 20 pages in I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in 2 days. It follows two story lines that end up being intertwined. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and you don’t know who to trust or believe as you are reading. Get this book and prepare for a day of reading and tuning out the rest of the world! This is a must read!!

Meh. I did not find this book to be much of a thriller. The ending was not a big surprise. I did not like any of the characters. It just did not work for me.

 


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