The Banker's Wife Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A USA Today Best Seller
"Immersive, satisfying, tense - and timely: This is probably happening for real right now." (Lee Child)
"First-rate...Slick, heart-hammering entertainment."(The New York Times Book Review)
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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 03, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #35,838 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#325 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#924 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,125 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
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"The Banker's Wife" was recommended to me by a close friend who knows I luv psychological thrillers & suspense novels. Honestly, I don't understand all the rave reviews. For me, it was an arduous task to finish this book.
Cristina Alger’s “The Bankers Wife” is not a work of literature, but it makes for a good summer read. There are three very strong female characters that make the novel work. And it is these three women who uncover a vast money laundering scheme created by the Swiss United bank to hide the cash behind mobsters, fraudsters, terrorists and the Bashir Assad family of Syria.
The women are Annabel the wife of Matthew a Swiss United banker who dies mysteriously in a plane crash; Marina the fiancé of Grant the son of a New York real estate developer who is running for president and Zoe, Matthew’s assistant who collects documents outlining Swiss United’s scheme. Marina worked previously as an investigative reporter whose boss dies in a presumed robbery gone bad in Connecticut.
Alger interlaces her plot by going back and forth between the three women who are all working independently to find out the extent of Swiss United’s nefarious deeds. Of course Annabel is highly interested in how and why her husband died and she puts to good use her art curator skills in examining evidence.
There is a fast paced conclusion with a few people dying along the way as the truth is ultimately revealed. The book is entertaining.
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Quite a clever plot based on insider/corrupt banking and whistle blowers. The author keeps the pace going throughout, which is an achievement.
The storyline is narrated, mainly, by two characters- a investigative reporter, Marina and Annabelle- a banker’s wife. Annabelle’s husband, Mathew, is involved in a plane crash whilst flying to Geneva, where he was a top player in a Swiss bank. Annabelle is suspicious about his death and determines to find out exactly what has gone on. Meanwhile, Marina has been investigating corrupt banking practices, along with her boss, Duncan. Immediately following the plane crash, Duncan is killed and Marina suspects his death to connected to his ongoing ‘fact gathering’ into money laundering etc, by wealthy high ranking people.
Without giving more of the plot away, what follows is an account full of false leads, lies, moles and deaths.
Some of the techno information ‘went over my head’ but apart from that I found the book entertaining. The ending was, maybe, a little too convenient.
In times when authors rely on gratuitous violence, abuse or sex, it makes a refreshing change to read a book that is a definite ‘who dunnit’.
Well rounded characters, great sense of danger & not too technical given the subject matter. Great twist just before the end didn’t see that coming.
Would definitely recommend and plan to read more by this author.