The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

The Banker’s Wife

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. As she begins a desp...

Details The Banker’s Wife

TitleThe Banker’s Wife
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Banker’s Wife

  • Larry H
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.Despite taking place in 2015, Cristina Alger's newest novel, The Banker's Wife , definitely has a bit of a ripped-from-the-headlines feel to it, without being sensationalist. 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 ...
  • Julie
    The Banker’s Wife by Christina Alger is a 2018 G.P. Putnam’s Sons publication.Annabelle and Matthew move to Geneva hoping for not only a great career opportunity for Matthew, but a change of scenery after suffering some hard losses. But, when Annabelle is informed that Matthew has been killed in a plane crash, she’s not just devastated, she’s shocked to learn the details of the crash. Desperately needing to make sense of her husband’s a...
  • Diane S ☔
    Book prejudices. Despite my love for mysteries, thrillers and police procedurals, I had myself convinced that I disliked anything to do with computer crimes, money laundering and politics. The publisher, however, sent me a copy and if they send it I will read. As soon as I started reading I was hooked, all preconceived notions thrown out the window.A female journalist, about to marry the son of the man who may be the next US President and a young...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4 Stars!Thank you to Putnam publishing #partner and GetRedPR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book!What a solid thriller! I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. It has a very different plot then what I am used to but the change of pace was very welcomed!This story is told from three perspectives: Marina, Annabel and Zoe. They are three women who don't necessarily know each other that well but are all intertwined in the sa...
  • Felicia
    What a page turner! I was worried after reading reviews saying that this story revolved around the Swiss banking industry and hedge funds and lots of other financial dealings I'm completely ignorant of, but it ended up being an interesting part of this story and not difficult at all to get into. This book caught my attention right away. It gets right into the meat of the story from the get-go and never lets up. I was provided an ARC of this book ...
  • JanB
    3.5, rounded upThis is a fast-paced financial thriller that has two smart women as our MCs. The story alternates between Annabel, a banker’s wife, determined to uncover the truth behind her husband’s death in an airplane crash, and Marina, the journalist who is on the case after her boss, who was investigating a scheme of money laundering/offshore banking, dies under suspicious circumstances.There are a lot of books in this genre written by m...
  • Amanda
    Thank you to netgalley for my copy of this book in exchange for a review.I was excited at starting this book as it isn’t my usual genre and the subject of hedge funds is not something I know anything about, but boy as soon as I started, it was like a rollercoaster of a ride and once seated there is no escaping until the ride or in this case book is over!Matthew a banker, is killed in a plane crash leaving his widowed wife Annabel to investigate...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 highly engrossing stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Money, power, greed can be and often is a powerful combination. It can lead to heartache, desperation, despair, and murder.In this fast paced taunt novel we meet the successful people, those who have money, lots of it, and yet still want more. We meet the deceivers, the liars, the people who will do anything to protect their money, hide it in whateve...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsThe Banker’s Wife is a fabulous, well-paced thriller that delves into the offshore banking business in Geneva, Switzerland. I was drawn into the story line from the first page and stayed invested in the plot until the cleverly-crafted conclusion. Alger takes the time to explain the world of high finance and hidden offshore accounts while developing authentic and strong female characters who anchor the book. She also effectively crafts ...
  • Lisa
    A fascinating and fast-paced investigative thriller complete with strong and smart women characters. SUMMARYA 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 g...
  • Dennis
    yes. Yes. YES. YESSSSSSSSS! This was the exact book that I needed to read right now folks, you have no idea. Cristina Alger, I am now a new fan of yours and please don't mind my raving right now. Don't be fooled by the "wife" in it's title, because The Banker's Wife is anything but a reiteration of the "girl" and "wife" psychological thrillers that have been mass produced since 2014. The Banker's Wife is completely original, while following a...
  • Debbie Oliphant
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. WOW!!!!!!This book went from 0 to 60 from the first page. I could not put it down. The pace of the storyline was rapid and at times got dizzy from the layers of the plot, yet somehow, with all of the moving parts, this author did an amazing job with threading the plot together.This story is told in 3 POVs and centers around the "Bankers Wife". Annabel is the wife who learns that her husband's pl...
  • Katie B
    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, Dunc...
  • Kristy
    Annabel Lerner feels isolated in Geneva: she's not like the other bankers' wives, and she rarely sees her husband Matthew anymore. They moved to Geneva for a fresh start--and yes, to take advantage of the salary Matthew's private banking job at Swiss United offered. But Annabel never realized how stressed Matthew would be or how often he'd travel. And then, suddenly, he's gone: his private plane simply falling off the radar over the French Alps. ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Two women in dangerous situations through no fault of their own.Annabelle was married, but her husband seemed to be married to his job. After a plane crash, she finds out why there had been a plane crash with him in it.Marina writes stories about men like Annabel's husband, but this current story is a bit too dangerous to continue with even though Marina does.Actually a lot of folks seemed to be in danger, and the persons behind this situation ar...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller with strong female characters, look no further.In Geneva, Switzerland Matthew Werner is a high level banker at Swiss United, when his plane crashes under very suspicious circumstances. His wife, Annabel, is left grappling with his death and many unanswered questions. She sets out to find out what her husband was doing and finds herself entangled in a web of lies and deceit.In New York City, Marina Tour...
  • Amy
    4.5/5The Banker’s Wife is a globe trotting thriller that grabbed my attention instantly and held it throughout. It switches back and forth between Marina, a journalist and Annabel a recently widowed young woman and I loved both of these clever, strong women. They were both incredibly well drawn and believable, and falling down the rabbit hole of offshore banking alongside them was quite the wild ride.There was a slick sophistication to this one...
  • Heather~
    This one was awesome!! This would make one great action movie lol....was enthralled right from the start. Phenomenal writing!! There was a lot of information to take in with this one and a lot of characters to keep track of which was a bit confusing at times but it did not take away from the story! I can tell a lot of research went into this book! Highly recommend for fans of thrillers!
  • Fareya
    The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger is a brisk financial thriller. Set globally, it revolves around dirty money, hidden offshore accounts, power hungry politicians and corrupt, ultra rich bankers. From Paris to New York and Geneva to London, this slick and smart international page turner held my full attention from start to finish.This is how the adventure begins: On a cold snowy morning in November, at an airport in London, a private jet bound...
  • Faith
    In NYC, Marina is engaged to Grant who is the son of a billionaire who is about to run for president. She is a reporter at Press magazine. Her boss Duncan is obsessed with tracking the offshore account of a Ponzi scheme criminal. Annabel is married to Matthew. They live in Geneva where Matthew, a former tax lawyer, works as a private banker at a Swiss bank. Duncan and Matthew wind up dead and Marina and Annabel separately start investigating thei...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Lies, secrets, and billions of dollars Oh My! This fast-paced thriller had me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. Will the truth come out and who will die as a consequence?Journalists, politicians and bankers are all involved in this twisted tale of offshore banking. Marina is a journalist who is about to be married into a prestigious family and give up her career. While vacationing with her fiancé she receives a call from her boss askin...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    You know what's great about this type of thriller? Is that it's not completely centered around a death and who-dun-it type of feel. Ok, so it DOES, but it also DOESN'T. Am I making any sense yet? While deaths DO happen (sidebar: I can't remember reading a book in the past few years where death doesn't happen - whether to people, relationships, animals or sanity!), the focus is on this huge potential scandal involving high powered people, a LOT of...
  • Sue
    This is a great book about secrets and corruption and money - LOTS of money. It's a clever mystery that keeps you guessing over whether characters are honest or corrupt and your opinion is going to change several times until you get to the fantastic ending of the book.There are two strong female characters that most of the book revolves around - Annabel the widow of a banker killed in a plane crash who left clues behind over what was going on at ...
  • Brandie
    Holy shit, that was awesome! Several twists I never saw coming. Really enjoyed this one.
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Strong female characters (who are not "unreliable" for a change!), financial crimes, billions of dollars tied up in crimes, mysterious deaths - what more could you ask for in this financial thriller from Cristina Alger? When journalists begin an investigation into offshore bank accounts that are hiding billions of dollars and all the sudden bodies begin turning up left and right of those who have connections to the money or knowledge of shady doi...
  • Renee (
    Definitely 4.5 stars I'll admit, when I first came across this title I assumed it was another domestic psychological "wife" thriller (although one with a great cover). The Banker's Wife , however, was not at all what I expected. I knew from the opening scene in the London airport that this financial thriller was not only going to keep me on my toes, but it had such an international flair and hint of conspiracy and secrets to come that I couldn't...
  • Laurie's Lit Picks
    I really enjoyed Alger's first two books (The Darlings and This Was Not the Plan), and her latest is another solid story, with some intriguing twists and interesting characters. Alger heads back to the world of her first book, The Darlings, and in fact, some overlapping characters in the journalists who investigated the SEC schemes of a wealthy well-to-do family. This time around, we have another wealthy NYC family, but this time their hands are ...
  • Mandy White
    Oh my goodness I loved this!! So many twists I had no idea how it was going to end or who could be trusted. Fantastic narrator.
  • Sarah
    Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger Book ReviewI totally meant to put this review out yesterday. I've been waiting (not so patiently) for a chance to read & review The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger. I literally squealed when Netgalley & Putnam granted my review request. Yesterday while traveling, (not to Geneva), I thought non-stop about this book!The Banker's Wife...
  • Katrina Ayala
    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...