The Banker’s Wife

Cristina Alger. Putnam, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7352-1845-1
Alger (The Darlings) makes her genre debut with an engrossing financial thriller. Annabel and Matthew Werner are leading the high life in Geneva, where he’s employed by Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. Matthew works constantly, and Annabel at times feels isolated. Then a private plane carrying Matthew and Fatima Amir, a colleague Annabel has never heard Matthew mention, crashes in the Alps with no survivors. Matthew’s encrypted laptop may hold clues to the secrets he kept from Annabel. Meanwhile, journalist Marina Tourneau intends to leave her profession now that she’s engaged to Grant Ellis, a former Navy SEAL whose father is running for U.S. president. But the plane crash piques Marina’s curiosity, especially since she has been looking into the dealings of Swiss United, and she digs into the story, eventually crossing paths with Annabel. Alger presents the world of wealth management in a way that a novice can understand the intricacies but also appeals to the sophisticated reader. This complex tale of how greed can upend innocent lives will resonate with many. Author tour. Agent: Pilar Queen, McCormick Literary. (July)
Reviewed on: 04/02/2018
Release date: 07/03/2018
Genre: Fiction
Library Binding - 500 pages - 978-1-4328-5634-2
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-7352-1847-5
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