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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  12,491 ratings  ·  1,574 reviews
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, ...more
Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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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 actions and his death, Annabelle begins to research Matthew’s
Larry H
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the Alps. Investigators suspect weather-related
Diane S ☔
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wife in Geneva, whose husband works for a Swiss B
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There is no such position as 'a banking insider' in banks. I'm wondering just how well the author knows the industry... If I do read it after all, the chances are I'll rant non-stop.

UPD. Well, I read it. I shouldn't have. It turned out to be a non-thrilling thriller devoted to Assad-bashing... A mediocre, at best, example of propaganda fiction. And it's not the propaganda that's meh, it's everything else:
- where is the suspense?
- the plot - riddled with holes and lacking in sense!
- the cardboa
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: overdrive
Enticing premise, BUT...

Everyone seems to have loved this book, except for me (or so it seems). I find myself in the minority once again!

Full review to come!
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
As a former banker that had to deal with compliance rules, sanctions lists and OFAC, I’ve had this book on my radar for a while. I’m always interested in how the crooks circumvent the law, especially when those crooks are bankers.
The premise here is that a private banker goes down in a plane crash. He wasn’t where he told his wife he was and he was with a beautiful woman.
There are two different stories going on here. Annabelle, the banker’s widow, soon discovers her husband’s job involved some
3.5, rounded up

This 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 men with male protagonists. I particularly appreciated
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 same case. One day, there is a plane crash in the Al
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Banker’s Wife Annabel is left with many unanswered questions in the wake of her grief, as her husband Matthew, disappeared in a private plane crash. Annabel has Matthew’s encrypted laptop from Swiss United, where he was a banker and now she must decide who, if anyone, she can trust to help her piece together the mystery surrounding his death.

Marina is a journalist who is about to trade in her successful career to support her fiancé and his family’s political ambitions. Her mentor, Duncan
Cindy Burnett
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The 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 the setting, making the reader feel that she or he h
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 what happened to him. But this is no accident and t
A fascinating and fast-paced investigative thriller complete with strong and smart women characters.

A 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 grappling with the secrets he’s left behind, including
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 highly engrossing stars
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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 whatever way they can, and do anything to see that their
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 long forgotten formula for mystery/thriller n ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not all surprised that The Banker’s Wife has already been commissioned as a TV series, this suspenseful thriller has all the hallmarks to keep people hooked.

The most striking aspect of this story is the two female leads.
Annabel who’s husband is a successful investment banker is killed in a plane crash, but she is convinced it wasn’t an accident...
Marina a successful journalist who’s prepared to give up her career for her fiancée, but has one last story that could prove to be the most importa
Is money the root of all evil or does it make the world go round?

The answer to that is yes.

Annabel is American living in Geneva with husband Matthew whose job with a secretive Swiss bank keeps him away from her too much, but the trade off is the wealthy lifestyle they’re living. Marina is journalist engaged to Grant who comes from a very rich family, and his father is about to become a candidate for the presidency of the United States. It might seem like both these ladies won the trophy husband
Debbie Oliphant
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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 plane has crashed and while dealing with her grief,
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, Duncan, turns up dead, Marina digs deep into the story
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Annabel’s husband Matthew dies when the private plane he was on crashes. Matthew worked in the world of finance. After his death, Annabel discovers her husband was keeping secrets, and she becomes a target of her husband’s enemies. Meanwhile, Marina, a journalist, is working on a story that could disrupt the financial world.

Told with the alternating viewpoints of multiple characters. I enjoyed the different POVs and found it worked well for this story. Both Annabel and Marina are strong female p
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. Before she can even understand what's happening, A ...more
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 their mysterious deaths. The book is written from the ...more
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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 Tourneau is a journalist. While working on a story she
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 are aware of every move Marina, Annabel, and others
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I listened to this as an audiobook and though it wasn't bad narration, the narrator isn't the best at pronouncing non-English names or places and I just wonder why no one told her how to pronounce them properly? That aside, the book was engaging and I did like the multiple POVs. I do wish the author could have set aside the cliche of all three women being incredibly beautiful. It's just kind of boring and not necessary. They could actually look like normal people and still be interesting an capa ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The subject of offshore banking and it's dangerous owners made for a thrilling and engaging plot. I always loved movies about investigated journalism. The idea of following a thread, a tip and in the end, unraveling a huge plot that brings massive repercussions has always fascinated me.

The Banker's Wife delivered a fascinating story that made me think and wonder how close to reality this thriller was. How much money is really hidden away in offshore banking. Who is pr
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The 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, the setting took me from Geneva and the world of h
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!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
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 for Geneva takes off into the storm and before long
Basic B's Guide
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 asking her to pick up some highly sensitive information
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