Title: The Banker’s Wife
Author: Christina Alger
Bookstore: Word Bookstore in Jersey City
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Synopsis: 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, an insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, and as she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident. She soon finds herself in a terrifying cat-and-mouse chase, on the run from his powerful enemies, who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.
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 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 on 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 also could be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search – and save her life – if Marina chooses to publish it…
I work in the Financial District in NYC, so I am around bankers every day (I do not work in the banking world, I am far from it), but I have caught myself thinking about what is it like for a banker? I always hear about late nights, working with important clients and managing an enormous amount of money, so The Banker’s Wife took me deeper into that world. This was an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of the filthy rich and I learned a bit about high-stakes financial crime. There was a sense of strong female characters that are ready to expose the crimes of the rich and powerful is what kept me in turning the pages in this book.
Alger added many twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat. I surely became addicted to the book and couldn’t put it down. When I did put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again to continue reading. I am not sure if I had a favorite character in this book, but I did like that it had a strong female presence. In the book, the stories alternate between Annabel and Marina, at some point, you also get the view from Zoe as well. I like how Annabel took things in her own hand by looking into her husband’s death and trying to find the truth. She was smart in making decisions and outsmarting the men that were supposed to be “smarter” than her. Mariana’s character was not afraid of going against one of the most elite families in the country and letting the world know their true agenda. Even though Zoe was a secondary character, she was an important character who had a great presence in the book. She had all the information needed to bring down the big wolves in this industry and she was not intimidated in letting out the secrets. These three women were brave enough to stand up to some important men and they didn’t back down no matter how frightened they were. What threw me off was that even though these three women had the capacity to do things on their own, they still depended on a decision from a man in some ways.
This is the first book I have read from Alger’s, but in this book, she does mention The Darlings, her previous book. It is mentioned briefly, but this book is still its own. By the time I got to the end, I knew that I was going to be disappointed. I wish that it had ended differently. I will not go into details since I don’t want to ruin it for others.
The reason why I gave the book a 4-star rating is because Alger delivers a suspenseful and addictive book, that keeps you at the edge of your seat wanting to turn the page until the end. I also enjoyed the storyline and how it was written. I was intrigued in learning a bit more on international banking and the blackmailing that happens behind the scene.