The Banker's Wife

The Banker's Wife

by Cristina Alger


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ISBN-13: 9780735218475
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 34,403
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cristina Alger is the author of The Darlings and This Was Not the Plan. 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.

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The Banker's Wife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, down to the last detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written but formula predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner for sure as you see the two stories coming together! I will read her other books.
GraceJReviewerlady 7 months ago
I feel I've been through the wringer with this one; my heart pounded more than once - what a read!! Annabel Werner is beyond shocked when her husband dies in a plane crash; living in Switzerland she is far from her home in New York and has no one else to rely on upon herself. Marina Tourneau is looking forward to marrying her perfect man; Grant Ellis is anything she - or anyone else - could ever want in a husband, and giving up her journalism career comes as part of the package. While the couple are in Paris for a rare and romantic break, her boss contacts her with a request to do something secretive while she is there. Does she really want to give up her hard-earned break to get involve in she knows-not-what? And if she does, where will it end? A stunning read, this novel had me glued firmly to the pages and racing through the story, desperate to find out what happens next. I have been riveted by the details .. the only comparison I can make is that it strongly reminds me of The Pelican Brief, with brave journalists and innocent bystanders caught in an investigation they neither wanted or asked for. After a slower beginning while we got to know the characters, the story is very fast-paced and SO exciting! I'm really impressed that it's going to be turned into a tv series starring Rosamund Pike - I'm sure she'll do it great justice and I will certainly make sure not to miss it - even though I know the ending! Beautifully written and extremely well-planned with plenty of twists and turns, I most definitely recommend this book to lovers of a damn good thriller! My thanks to publisher Hodder & Stoughton for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
bookaholique 8 months ago
4.5 Annabel is married to Matthew, who works for a bank named Swiss United. They live in Geneva. Marina is engaged to Grant, whose father is getting ready to announce his candidacy for President. They live in the states. When Matthew is suddenly killed in a plane crash, Annabel starts to ask questions that certain higher ups don’t want answered. And when Marin’s boss turns up dead, she picks up on a story he was working on about banks that provide tax havens for the wealthy and for terrorists. Because of their questions, these two women’s lives will change in ways they never could have expected. This was fast paced and exciting. People close to both women are turning up dead. The question that caused me to race through this book was - will Annabel and Marina make it through this alive? I liked both women immediately. Even though Annabel lived a privileged life with Matthew, this doesn’t mean she’s a pushover. Marina’s investigative nature won’t allow her to drop her story, even though it could significantly change her life. I thought the author did an excellent job of slowly bringing these two women’s story together. What a ride! My thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Netgalley.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The weather at London’s RAF Northalt airport is bad with high winds and sleet. Nevertheless, passengers want to takeoff right away for important meetings in various European countries. Thomas Jensen is sitting in the terminal and is quite calm. Thomas works for a secret government agency and is watching the people in the terminal. He notices a couple slip out the exit, cross the tarmac, and board a waiting plane. Thomas then leaves the airport and reports that it’s done. Later, that plane goes missing. Annabel Werner is in her Geneva apartment waiting for her husband, Matthew, a banker for Swiss United, to return home. They are so much in love and their time in Geneva is only supposed to be for two years and Matthew is making an enormous salary. Then, two men from Fedpol arrive saying that Matthew’s plane from London has crashed into the Alps. Annabel is in denial because Matthew was supposed to be in Zurich and was to take a train back to Geneva. Then, she collapses from grief. Marina is engaged to Grant Ellis. Grant’s father, James Ellis, is soon going to announce that he will be running for President. That will then leave Grant as the president of Ellis Enterprises, a wealthy organization. They are so excited about their upcoming wedding. Marina has been a reporter for many years and has just come upon a financial scandal story that is about to blow people worldwide right out of the water. But in the meantime, many people are at risk and some key players in the scandal will resort to anything to keep this information from coming out. This is very fast-paced story about financial schemes using off-shore companies that many ultra-rich and political heads are involved in. The tension created is nail-biting and will keep the reader looking over their own shoulder as they turn pages. What a well-researched and well-written book this is. The author is to be commended for her hard work. Don’t miss this one. I borrowed this book from my local library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely, the pages flew and I finished reading it in less then 2 days. And I dare say it was very well written and much better than a lot of the latest well known authors books.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I liked this woman at first--she seemed kind of shallow to me, but she was brilliant. This was a very good read and I had a hard time putting it down for any length of time to go do what I should be doing. It was very well written and was a big surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Banker's Wife is a great summer read, especially for those who enjoy novels like The Expats by Chris Pavone. The set up...Annabel is married to Matthew. Matthew is a banker at a Swiss bank that keeps secrets for its depositors. Marina is a journalist who is engaged to a prospective presidential candidate's son. She works with Duncan. They are trying to locate a notorious Ponzi schemer. The story, of course, is even bigger than this. Matthew is reported killed in a plane crash along with a cousin of Syria's dictator. Annabel is left bereaved and unsafe. Marina is unsafe as well. While the two do not meet, they are both impacted by the business practices of Swiss United Bank. Both Annabel and Marina are connected to a myriad of other characters. There are questions about whom to trust and how to unravel the bank's schemes and hold those who are guilty accountable. The reader experiences doubts too regarding what has happened and who all of the 'bad guys' are. Christina Alger has written a book that is suspenseful and engaging. The plot is complex but not too hard to follow. The reader will understand more about financial shenanigans and the private banking worlds that are fascinating and not part of many readers' daily lives. I truly enjoyed the settings, characters and the plot of the novel. I highly recommend it!
Megan Gaither More than 1 year ago
While I normally wouldn't choose this type of book for myself, I am glad I read this one. The story was intriguing, although it was a bit slower to pick up for me. It took me a while to get into, but at around 60% through, the story picked up pace and had me hooked. I read it in a day from there. I think the title of the book isn't telling of what it is about. I believe Marina was more the focus than Annabel, the banker's wife. In fact, Annabel's sections were my least favorite; I found myself forgetting about her and what was happening to her. I had to look up the genre and saw it was listed as a thriller. I thought it was more mysterious than thrilling. It was hard to think of a fitting genre, really. My favorite part was the very end. No spoilers, but I'm sure you all would agree, but it was rather surprising. No lead up to it. Not a bad thing, just surprising. Overall, I liked it. I gave 4 stars because I liked it, but it took a while to gain my interest. Also, I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks! #netgalley #thebankerswife
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Highly recommend
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
The Banker's Wife is a portrait of two women, each of whom has become entangled in the murky world of offshore banking and money laundering -- and, as a result, finds herself in grave danger. When a plane bound for Geneva crashes in the Alps, Annabel Werner is informed that her husband, Matthew, a private banker with Swiss United, perished along with a female client. Annabel gave up her own career to move with Matthew to Geneva so that they could start over following tragedy and disappointment, and Matthew could enjoy a successful, lucrative career. Annabel is devastated, but there is no time for mourning when she realizes that he left behind his encrypted laptop, details about client identities and transactions, and his assistant convinces her that she is not safe. She soon discovers that she was not provided truthful information about the place crash and she has to unravel the mystery of what Matthew was really up to in order to survive. Back in the U.S., Marina Tourneau is about to trade her career as a journalist reporting on America's rich and famous for marriage to Grant Ellis, whose father, James, is about to announce his candidacy for President. But her mentor and friend, Duncan Sander, is found murdered in his home and Marina does not believe that he was the victim of a robbery gone wrong. Duncan had been working on a big story for quite some time. He was determined to track down Morthy Reiss, convinced that Reiss fakes his own suicide and absconded with the proceeds from the Ponzi scheme that Reiss disguised as a hedge fund. When Marina receives inside information from a whistle blower, she is determined to complete the story -- for Duncan and to learn the truth. While following the trail of money straight to Swiss United, Marina finds evidence implicating some of the most powerful players in the international world of finance, business, and government. In The Banker's Wife, the stories of Annabel and Marina are interconnected, even though the women are not acquainted. Unwittingly, they both find themselves immersed in a very tangled web of power, finance, and illegal schemes to avoid taxes, and they must both be exceedingly inventive and expeditious as they search for the truth. For both of them, as well as Matthew's assistant, Zoe, their very lives depend upon their ingenuity and deductive reasoning. The result is a tense, intricately constructed tale about the corruption of power and wealth, and the lengths to which the wealthy and powerful will go in order to protect their status. The book's pace never lags, careening with increasing speed and urgency to a shocking, but emotionally satisfying conclusion. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Bookswithjams More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent thriller about the world of international finance. It was very fast paced, people were dying left and right, others didn't know who they could trust, and trillions of dollars are at stake. I mean, I could NOT get enough! I love it when the story grips you from the beginning - it starts with a plane crash and never lets up from there. As the reader I never got lost in the details, even though it twisted and turned, and I was grateful for that. I love financial thrillers and Alger did such a great job bringing in other components into this one as well, such as art, cartels, etc. I work in banking, so I understood some of the terminology already, but I thought Alger did an excellent job of explaining what was going on in such a way that it stayed interesting and did not lose the pace of the story. I loved the ending as well, did NOT see it coming and it was very satisfying. So well done. I read this one in a couple of sittings because I could not put it down! Highly recommend, it is a 5 star for me! Thanks to NetGalley for the electronic ARC. All opinions are my own.
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger, for an honest review. This book is an international thriller that is set in the world of high finance. Anna and Marina are two woman who are intertwined in this dangerous mystery. They both must navigate thru dangerous situations to get to the truth. The book was very enjoyable. It had its fair share of twists and turns to make it an interesting read.
Bookwormmommyof3 More than 1 year ago
Do you want a fast paced summer read? This is definitely one for you. I love a good book with different POV’s as the structure and the pace itself is amazing. You get a story, bold characters, a story told and in the end you can feel the emotional hangover at the end. I appreciated the writing and the journalist integrity intertwined into the story. Every story has three sides to it and Cristina Alger definitely delivered. Thank you Putman for a gifted Arc to enjoy along with Get Red PR.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “The Banker’s Wife” by Cristina Alger PENGUIN GROUP (PUTNAM) July 3, 2018 “The Bankers’s Wife” by Cristina Alger is a captivating, intriguing , suspenseful, intense and riveting novel. This was a page -turner that I couldn’t put down. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Mystery, Suspense and Thriller. Kudos to Christina Alger for combining two enthralling storylines, and characters. In this novel are twists and turns, international banking crimes, criminal families, politics, journalism, and the need to seek the truth at whatever the cost. The author describes the characters as complex and complicated. There are secrets, espionage, danger , betrayal and death. Annabel Lerner, now a widow is searching for the reasons for her husband’s plane crash. Michael Lerner had worked at Swiss United a powerful off shore bank. The more that Annabel investigates, the more danger she realizes she is in. In New York, Marina Tourneau, is a journalist, that is engaged to Grant Ellis. Grant’s father is a politician considering running for the Presidency of the United States. Marina has promised to end her journalism career for a short while, but is called to help her mentor with one important story. After her mentor’s death, Marina is determined at any cost to find the truth. As she investigates she uncovers information that could be harmful to powerful men, politics and finances. Marina also discovers that her life is in danger. I would highly recommend this fascinating and engaging novel to those readers that appreciate the chase, adventure, suspense and intrigue. I received an ARC from Netgalley to read and review.