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The Banker's Wife (2018)

by Cristina Alger

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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.… (more)
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Very good reading. The story of Annabel, Marina and Zoe is full of challenges, twists and turns. ( )
  CandyH | Jul 23, 2021 |
I really enjoyed Cristina Alger's writing. Nice suspense and thriller moments. ( )
  FDKreader | Jul 12, 2021 |
I’m not quite sure about this book. It was enjoyable but it didn’t grab me and pull me in. If for some reason I’d had to stop reading and couldn’t come back to it I don’t think I would’ve minded. Again it had sort of like a Lifetime movie feel to it. There isn’t anything particularly bad about the book it’s just nothing particularly stood out to me either. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
ok read.i i am sddicted to these silly books and i
must read to the end.. ( )
  annbury | Feb 4, 2020 |
Two (or Three?) Strong Women Protagonists Make this Story Work

With the title, The Banker’s Wife, you would expect the individual in that role (Annabel, wife to banker Matthew Werner) to play a major role. And she did. But she knew little of her husband’s work and his oft-notorious clients. So, she became our view into the dangerous world of offshore banking, where everyone from dishonest politicians to brutal dictators hid their money. Although intelligent and obviously brave, Annabel spent much of the book running for her life. Annabel’s co-protagonist is a journalist, Marina, drawn into the situation by colleague and largely unaware of Annabel and her husband. In terms of a solution, Marina was more the instrumental. But I suppose ‘the journalist to a banking whistle-blower’ doesn’t make for a very catchy title. In any case, much of the book alternated chapters written from these two women’s perspectives.

But there is a third woman who appears later in the book, Zoe. After little more than a few cameos at the start, she emerges as a prime mover in the plot – with her own chapters. And while it would have been good to read more about her, author Alger reveals her characters’ true colors deliberately, maintaining suspense and forming the twists that keep you guessing. As for Zoe, you’ll just have to wait to see the role she plays, as well as many of the other characters.

In general, the risks taken by the women seemed natural, given their situations. Only occasionally did one, often Annabel, follow a path that seemed clearly ill-advised, breaking somewhat from character for the sake of drama. A more prevalent issue, however, was the accumulation of implausibility as layers of the deception onion were peeled back. For example, by the end, the bank to the morally corrupt, Swiss United, had too many spies, knew too much about actions inside shell companies, and employed blackmail too frequently to feel real. And the role of law enforcement? When you consider what they did (or didn’t do) in hindsight, you’ll be saying, ‘surely not.’

Overall, The Banker’s Wife is a solid, financial thriller, keeping the reader guessing about who is really wearing the white hats. Several aspects of the story, however, feel a bit contrived in light of all of the final reveals. ( )
  BMPerrin | Sep 17, 2019 |
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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.

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