The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

The Banker’s Wife
Cristina Alger


(and a half!)

When a private plane disappears over the Swiss Alps and reports of a wreckage follow, Annabel Werner must now accept that her husband Matthew is dead. She’s been the expat wife of an up-and-coming private banker for the powerful Swiss Bank. Now she’s a widow and she begins to question the details of her husband’s disappearance. Besides the pilot, the only other passenger was Fatima Amir, a wealthy and beautiful hedge fund manager, with family ties to Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad. Matthew never discussed his clients with Annabel, but she will soon discover shocking and terrifying facts about her husband and Swiss Bank.

Meanwhile, investigative journalist Marina Tourneau agrees to meet a mysterious messenger in Paris and receive secret bank account data pertaining to Morty Reiss, a missing and presumed dead Ponzi schemer. This is the next big story, obsessively researched by Marina’s mentor, Duncan Sander. The media investigation will inevitably collide with Annabel’s digging and reveal a massive illegal private banking system in which terrorists, corrupt politicians, tax-evading CEOs and drug criminals all hold secret and dirty numbered accounts. Can the informants deliver the information before they’re tracked down and killed?

I enjoyed the fast-paced tension of this intriguing story, which gives readers an imaginative glimpse into the lives of the ridiculously wealthy. Plot lines are nicely tied together, with several interesting clues and finish with a satisfying conclusion and a couple of surprises. This is the perfect book for readers who enjoy stories about the glamour of high living, fashion, expensive art and sophisticated characters. Of course, the women are all stunningly beautiful and the men have piercing eyes and fantastic builds. And everyone went to either Harvard or Yale! I don’t think this detracts from this highly entertaining story, however, because the author delivers an intelligent plot with interesting characters.

I listened to the audio version, then read through the print, to get the facts straight. If you’re a listener, it’s good to just submit yourself to the plot and characters. If you want to keep track of who’s who, you might want to read the print version. I recommend The Banker’s Wife to readers who want to get away from regular life and enjoy an absorbing and fast-moving story.

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20 thoughts on “The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

  1. I like your unique way of rating ~ with a graphic/numeric!

    Right now I’m reading Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Thanks for the introduction to Christina Alger’s work.

    1. Hi Marian – thank you – I was thinking I need a “1/2” graphic too. I haven’t heard of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I hope you are enjoying it! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    1. I certainly enjoy it! I was a big fan of Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place – they had such ridiculous plots and dialogue. It’s actually very entertaining! This story wasn’t silly like those shows, however. But the glamour and money were prominent. Thanks for the visit, Jan. Hope you are well over on that other coast!

    1. Haha! I think in this genre, it’s a given that characters go to the top Ivies. Maybe they should throw a state college or community college or a small private one into the mix. It’s cliche, but it made me laugh! Thanks for reading and commenting, Lisa. 🙂

    1. Hi! Oh, no real downside. I gave it a 3.5 (I’m a little stingy with my ratings). I put it in the entertainment category, with a good, solid plot and interesting characters. Thanks for visiting!

    1. Hi Stephanie – I enjoyed it. It’s a light read/listen, but I thought the author did a good job with the plot line and characters. It’s not easy to write a story of intrigue! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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