The Banker's Wife

The Banker's Wife

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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 ReviewOn 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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780735218468
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 22, 2020

One snowy morning at an airport in London, amidst chaos caused by multiple travel delays, a couple quietly and unobtrusively boards a private jet bound for Geneva. Not long after, the plane drops off of the radar, and later, wreckage is found in the Alps. Investigators suspect weather-related issues, despite the skill of the pilot.

One of the passengers on the plane was Matthew Werner, a banker for the powerful Swiss United, which houses countless offshore accounts for some of the world's wealthiest—and most notorious. Matthew's young wife, Annabel, didn't even know Matthew was in London, and honestly didn't know much about her husband's clients or the work he did, but she knew that it paid for an opulent lifestyle beyond anything she dreamed of. But she found this life, associating with his rich colleagues, to be lonely—sometimes having it all doesn't really mean having it all.

Devastated at the loss of her husband, she is unprepared for the questions that Matthew's death raises. It seems as if her husband had more secrets than she imagined, and she can't help but wonder just what they had to do with his death? Why does it seem like the investigation into the plane crash is being rushed? The more she begins to look into what her husband left behind, the more she suspects that Matthew's death might not have been an accident, and she might be in danger herself, no matter how little she actually knows.

Jun 17, 2020

I enjoyed this book, but there are a lot of characters in it, and I found it hard to remember some of them since I didn't read 50 pages or so at a time. I recommend it, however, as it is one of those that is full of surprises.

Oct 29, 2019

Potentially interesting plot into the world of offshore banking. However, the characters are so shallow and poorly developed and the plot so predictable that the book becomes almost silly. And the reader is embarrassed by the time spent with this book.

Sep 28, 2019

pretty good

Jul 16, 2019

decently compelling mystery/thriller... but so many plot holes, they became distracting! I especially laughed at how outrageously obvious the bad guys were in the book ...

Mar 07, 2019

Excellent, engaging book with parallel story lines merging. Could not put it down.

Mar 03, 2019

I agree with previous commenter- right away it’s an intriguing story, and I wanted to stop my life to continue reading. 🙂

Jan 24, 2019

great page turner - reminded me of John Grisham novels. Fast read.

Jan 14, 2019

plot is great. I had a lot of trouble keeping the strands of the story together.

Dec 09, 2018

I read this book, and then immediately checked out Alger's first book, The Darlings.
This book feels somewhat thinner [character-wise] than the The Darlings, but provides a further extension of the author's theme of how certain families will fight to save the group, their group. The financial aspects are all too real. I enjoyed how the main character grew during the novel as she chose to pursue the truth herself. Not boring at all.

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