When a plane crash leaves no trace of a wealthy passenger, Swiss banker Matthew Werner, his young widow is left with a legacy of secrets that intersect with the investigation of a journalist that implicates some of the financial industry's most powerful men.
While it’s being billed as a financial thriller, Alger does a fine job of making sure her plot can appeal to anyone. Even those who don’t know much about banking and the financial world can follow along without any issues, while those deep in the world of money and wealth should be able to pick up on a number of key points thrown in just for them. A fascinating plot meets fine writing in Cristina Alger’s The Banker’s Wife, which should find its way onto plenty of reading lists this summer.
In this smart, incisive page-turner, Alger takes her precise understanding of the financial world and zooms in on the nebulous business of offshore banking ... The thriller moves swiftly as the desperation and violence escalate, gliding by on clear, competent prose that never gets in the way. Its flaws are forgivable and par for the genre: some brow-raising coincidences; a fast, tidy wind-down crammed with breathless exposition. Alger delivers an addictive dose of suspense and intrigue with a surprisingly believable plot.
Offshore banking creates strange and deadly bedfellows, as American Annabel Lerner, the titular banker's wife of Alger's (The Darlings) third novel ... 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.