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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A plane crash in the Alps and a death in Connecticut seem connected only by their appearance on the same page of The New York Times. But in Cristina Alger's intriguing novel, it’s not so simple. Instead, these incidents are two parts of an intricate web involving money laundering, terror, and secrecy at all costs. Told from the dueling perspectives of Annabel Werner—widowed by the crash—and social-climbing journalist Marina Tourneau, The Banker's Wife cocks a suspicious eyebrow at the world of high finance, exposing the underbelly of the modern aristocracy.
Alger (The Darlings) makes her genre debut with an engrossing financial thriller. Annabel and Matthew Werner are leading the high life in Geneva, where he's employed by Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. Matthew works constantly, and Annabel at times feels isolated. Then a private plane carrying Matthew and Fatima Amir, a colleague Annabel has never heard Matthew mention, crashes in the Alps with no survivors. Matthew's encrypted laptop may hold clues to the secrets he kept from Annabel. Meanwhile, journalist Marina Tourneau intends to leave her profession now that she's engaged to Grant Ellis, a former Navy SEAL whose father is running for U.S. president. But the plane crash piques Marina's curiosity, especially since she has been looking into the dealings of Swiss United, and she digs into the story, eventually crossing paths with Annabel. Alger presents the world of wealth management in a way that a novice can understand the intricacies but also appeals to the sophisticated reader. This complex tale of how greed can upend innocent lives will resonate with many. Author tour.
The Banker’s Wife
Hard to put down...well written. Intriguing plot and informative about the private banking world. 41/2 out of 5 stars.
Interesting fast read!
Great book for quarantine and a fast read.
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