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Book Review – The Banker’s Wife – Cristina Alger

The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

Published: 03 July 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Swathi’s Rating: 4/5

Verdict: A fresh thriller that deals with the world of International Banking.


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.

Story Locale: Geneva, New York City, and London

Author Bio

Cristina AlgerCristina 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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Swathi’s Review:

So I started with this book after hearing so much about it all over the social media. It was on my long time TBR list and when I started reading this one, I had mixed feelings. The pace of the book doesn’t seem to match my reading pace, I had to suppress the urge to withdraw until I crossed a few more chapters.

The story is told in perspectives of Marina and Annabel, shifting from one person to another. Slowly, the story moves to the how the two women find themselves tangled between the secrets that links them together. Now, this might seem like most of the Bank Robbery movies we encounter, but somehow the author manages to throw twists then and there to keep it going.

There are more instances where the author gives detailed info about the financial and banking arrangements, which to me seemed very dry. It got me easily bored, and I had to skim through the dialogues, to keep me going. Altogether, I enjoyed the little-but-unexpected suspense that kept coming.

I am recommending this book for readers who are interested in Banking/Financial sectors with a passion for suspense Thrillers. This is NOT a binge read, if you’re looking for one.

I received this book from this publisher in exchange of my honest review. All the opinions are my own.

Happy reading. XoXo!

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