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The Banker’s Wife

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 an encrypted laptop and a confidential client list. As she begins to search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident. Someone wanted him dead. And now his enemies are her enemies.

Marina Tourneau an investigative journalist for Press magazine, had finally made it to the top. She’s in Paris celebrating her engagement to Grant Ellis, of Ellis Enterprises, a multinational corporation. She will be joining the ranks of one of the most powerful families in the country. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is just about more appealing than any article she could ever write. But after the death of her editor and mentor, Duncan Sander’s she agrees to investigate one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information from an anonymous source that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including some who are too close to home. The story is huge and if Marina chooses to publish it, it could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search for the truth.


The pages in this compelling thriller turn themselves. It’s a fascinating story and best of all it’s complete with two or three strong and smart women. This is just the type of book I have been looking for all year. Finding books with strong women characters is not quite as easy as you might think.

THE BANKERS WIFE is a perfect blend of well-developed characters, picturesque settings and a riveting story. The story covers the globe, from London to Geneva to Paris to New York to the Cayman Islands and cleverly layers both Annabel’s and Marina’s lives and perspectives, through alternating chapters. The intensity sustained through the novel makes it an easy prediction that you’ll find this book on the bestseller list very soon. I would even love to see THE BANKERS WIFE made into a movie! It’s that good!

CRISTINA ALGER has also authored The Darlings (2012) and This Was Not the Plan (2016). 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. Thanks to Penguin First to Read for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication July 3, 2018

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