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The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger


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.



“A smart, incisive page turner…Alger delivers an addictive dose of suspense and intrigue with a surprisingly believable plot.”— USA Today

“A glossy new thriller set in the world of international banking.”— Newsday

“One of the best thrillers you’ll read all summer.”— Hello Giggles

“Buckle up—The Banker’s Wife is an international thriller that moves at a breakneck pace, keeping you on the edge of your seat.”— PopSugar

“With a global conspiracy about the ’world of dirty money, hidden away in shadow accounts’ fueling a plot that soars from Geneva to London to Paris to New York, led by two intriguing women, this is a thriller to bank on.”— Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Readers riding this international financial roller coaster will be kept on edge through its many twists and turns. Highly recommended for fans of fast-paced thrillers in the tradition of John Grisham.”— Library Journal “Alger perfectly nails her twisty plot, wrapping everything up in a completely satisfying ending. Readers will be eagerly turning the pages of this fast-paced financial thriller.”— Booklist


“An engrossing financial thriller…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.”— Publishers Weekly

“A sharp, compelling thriller…This brisk, tense page-turner will mesmerize fans of international mysteries.”— Kirkus Reviews

“A more intellectually stirring, sophisticated mystery…With global settings, covert government agencies and intricate plotting, The Banker’s Wife reads like an old-fashioned international thriller.”— BookPage

“Immersive, satisfying, tense—and timely: This is probably happening for real right now.”— Lee Child

“The Banker’s Wife is a page-turning, plot-twisting international thriller of the first order. Cristina Alger’s writing is as sophisticated and self-assured as the characters she’s created. A remarkable and intriguing journey into the rarefied world of power and money. A perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and betrayal.”— Nelson DeMille

“A knockout of an international thriller, with glamorous lives on collision courses with high-stakes crime and high-level politics through the corridors of power in Europe and America. Plus, Alger accomplishes the remarkable in making even Geneva seem exciting.”— Chris Pavone, author of The Expats

“In Cristina Alger’s expert hands, the world of complex international finance is the perfect setting for a gripping, twisty thriller that asks how well we really know the people closest to us. The Banker’s Wifeis smart, savvy, and beautifully written. It grabs the reader by the gut and doesn’t let go until the last page.” — Alafair Burke, author of The Wife

“Behind every great fortune, there’s a crime…and a bank. From Geneva to London to New York, Cristina Alger takes us inside the secretive and corrupt world of the super-rich—and three women who struggle to survive its deadly undertow.”— Alex Berenson, author of The Prisoner

“Cristina Alger takes an inside look at the lucrative, high-stakes—and sometimes murderous—world of private banking in this stunning masterpiece. Whip smart and fraught with tension, The Banker’s Wife packs a punch that doesn’t let up. Brilliant.”— Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie

“Cristina Alger’s ripped-from-the-headlines thriller is a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious world of billionaire banking, and kept me guessing until the very last page. I couldn’t tear myself away.”— Janelle Brown, author of Watch Me Disappear

“If you enjoyed The Darlings like I did, you’ll LOVE The Banker’s Wife. International intrigue, glitz, and glamour all tangled in an intricately crafted plot. Both Annabel and Marina are smart, strong female leads who make bold choices—my favorite kind of characters. This is Alger’s best book yet!”— Kate Moretti, author of The Blackbird Season and The Vanishing Year

“The Banker’s Wife is a glamorous and twisting novel of international intrigue, the secrets and lies that stitch a marriage together, and a wife’s desperate search to understand the husband she thought she knew. The rocket-paced plot and transporting sense of place will sweep you away, but it’s the smart, determined women at the heart of the story that keep you riveted through the breathless ending. Cristina Alger delivers on every level.”— Lisa Unger, author of The Red Hunter

“A mysterious plane crash and a suspicious home invasion unknowingly intersect two women, sending them on parallel paths to discover the truth about the people they love. The Banker’s Wife will leave you breathless as you turn the pages, gasping as you uncover each delicious layer of this perfectly plotted thriller. We promise you’ll be guessing until the very end.”— Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Good Widow

The Banker’s Wife is the best kind of thriller: break-neck pace, gutsy women characters who are their own heroes—and if the action in dazzling locales don’t take your breath away, the twisty surprises will.”— Kate White, author of Even If It Kills Her


Plane crash Alps
Two dead
Matthew and Fatima Amir
New York
Encrypted data
Offshore Bank
Financial institutions
International banker

A good thriller, with all keywords above listed in play of things in a plot twisting cautionary tale on greed and moral codes.
A wife that thought it would be all temporary, her husband told her so, the moving from country to country, the money kept pouring in so much of it, they could settle and enjoy life, then he dies in a plane crash, and the whole house cards comes tumbling down.
A tale with one bankers’ wife and a journalist up against uncovering truths, on money hidden, secrets hidden, lives hidden and cunning financial criminals.


“Insider trading, embezzlement: anyone could get away with these crimes if they were clever enough. Just steal the money and ride off into the sunset. But Ponzi schemes required an unending supply of investors. Without new investors, the whole scheme collapsed like a house of cards.”

“She wasn’t sure if she looked like a banker’s wife or a courtesan. All the other wives shopped at the boutique where she’d bought the shoes. They all looked the same, dressed the same, played tennis together. Sometimes Annabel felt as though she missed a memo when she had arrived in Geneva: How to Be a Banker’s Wife. Most of the others were polite but distant. After an initial spate of lunch invitations, Annabel stopped hearing from them. They were polite enough at firm events, of course, but they seemed to understand, as she did, that she was different from them. Annabel had decided this was fine with her. Most of the other wives just wanted to talk about the Paris fashion shows and their country houses and their latest weekend jaunt to Sardinia. And they dressed up for everything, even a casual brunch on the weekends. Of course, it would be nice to be included some of the time. But most days, Annabel was content to wander a museum by herself, sit in a café with a book, and go to bed early.”

“After nine years in the field, Marina had developed a keen sense for sources. She could feel it in her gut when someone had a hidden agenda or was peddling false information. Everything about this felt right. According to Duncan, the source had not asked for money. He insisted on transmitting the data in person. He communicated via encrypted messages. He had done his due diligence on both of them and seemed as wary of them as they were of him. Most interestingly, he hinted at a wealth of information, beyond the data on Morty Reiss, which he promised to transmit at a later date should they be interested. So far so good. This source seemed like the real deal.”

“Do you know how much money is stored in offshore accounts, Ms. Tourneau?” “Tens of billions, I imagine.” “Thirty?two trillion. More than the GDP of the US and Japan combined.” “Jesus Christ.” “There’s a whole world offshore, Ms. Tourneau. A world of dirty money, hidden away in shadow accounts, and it belongs to some very powerful and dangerous people. Imagine if you could see their bank balances. Their transactions. Their network. I’m talking about cartel kings. Terrorists. World leaders. Even people you know, people you went to school with, people who live across the street. And yes, Morty Reiss, too, who is alive and well and living off nearly seventy million dollars he has stashed at Swiss United Bank.”

“Here in Geneva, criminals can be your friends and your friends can be criminals. Do you understand me?”

“There are people that the bank isn’t supposed to do business with at all. People on sanctions lists. Terrorists. Arms dealers. Dictators. Swiss United can’t do business with these people. No bank can. There’s a whole Compliance wing of the firm that is supposed to make sure of it.”