The Banker’s Wife
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 Lerner, 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 some 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 Details

TitleThe Banker’s Wife
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780735218451
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

The Banker’s Wife Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.Despite taking place in 2015, Cristina Alger's newest novel, The Banker's Wife , definitely has a bit of a ripped-from-the-headlines feel to it, without being sensationalist. One snowy morning at an airport in London, amidst chaos caused by multiple travel delays, a couple quietly and unobtrusively boards a private jet bound for Geneva. Not long after, the plane drops off of the radar, and later, wreckage is found in the Alps. Investigators suspect weather-related is I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.Despite taking place in 2015, Cristina Alger's newest novel, The Banker's Wife , definitely has a bit of a ripped-from-the-headlines feel to it, without being sensationalist. One snowy morning at an airport in London, amidst chaos caused by multiple travel delays, a couple quietly and unobtrusively boards a private jet bound for Geneva. Not long after, the plane drops off of the radar, and later, wreckage is found in the Alps. Investigators suspect weather-related issues, despite the skill of the pilot.One of the passengers on the plane was Matthew Werner, a banker for the powerful Swiss United, which houses countless offshore accounts for some of the world's wealthiest—and most notorious. Matthew's young wife, Annabel, didn't even know Matthew was in London, and honestly didn't know much about her husband's clients or the work he did, but she knew that it paid for an opulent lifestyle beyond anything she dreamed of. But she found this life, associating with his rich colleagues, to be lonely—sometimes having it all doesn't really mean having it all.Devastated at the loss of her husband, she is unprepared for the questions that Matthew's death raises. It seems as if her husband had more secrets than she imagined, and she can't help but wonder just what they had to do with his death? Why does it seem like the investigation into the plane crash is being rushed? The more she begins to look into what her husband left behind, the more she suspects that Matthew's death might not have been an accident, and she might be in danger herself, no matter how little she actually knows.Meanwhile, journalist Marina Tourneau has the job she's always dreamed of, as a top editor at a society magazine. But now that she's engaged to Grant Ellis, the handsome son of multi-billionaire James Ellis, the financier expected to declare his candidacy for President of the United States, it's time to leave her career behind and concentrate on being part of one of the country's richest and most powerful families. She's ready for all that life entails, but she knows she'll miss the thrill of chasing a story.When her editor-in-chief and mentor, Duncan Sander, asks for her help on one more story, she can't pass up the chance, especially when she knows it deals with the one case which has obsessed Duncan for years. When Duncan is found dead, Marina realizes she's stepping into dangerous territory, but she knows she needs to uncover the truth for Duncan's sake. And when the truths she uncovers about the secrets that Swiss United is hiding, some of which hit closer to home than she expects, she needs to decide whether the pursuit of truth is worth sacrificing everything—including her own safety. The Banker's Wife alternates between Marina and Annabel's stories, and the danger both find themselves in as they try to understand the secrets that Swiss United is hiding, and discover just how their lives are linked to it all. Even though some of this story unfolds just as you'd expect it to, Alger still throws in some twists and turns, and keeps the suspense coming.I'm always a little dubious when companies seem to have people at their disposal whose only purpose is to spy on others and cause trouble, but it didn't bother me too much here. I really enjoyed this book and the way the story unfolded, although Alger spent a little too much time dwelling on the financial details of the plot, which made my eyes glaze over a bit. But again, the flashbacks to my short-lived foray into a college economics class didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story.I loved Alger's last book, the very different This Was Not the Plan (see my review), but if you read her first book, The Darlings (I haven't), there are definitely some references to that book here. However, this was definitely a standalone book.If you love compelling thrillers and seeing just how different and dysfunctional (and dangerous) the rich can be, check out The Banker's Wife . You'll be hooked! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars!Thank you to Putnam publishing #partner and GetRedPR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book!What a solid thriller! I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. It has a very different plot then what I am used to but the change of pace was very welcomed!This story is told from three perspectives: Marina, Annabel and Zoe. They are three women who don't necessarily know each other that well but are all intertwined in the same case. One day, there is a plane crash in the Al 4 Stars!Thank you to Putnam publishing #partner and GetRedPR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book!What a solid thriller! I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. It has a very different plot then what I am used to but the change of pace was very welcomed!This story is told from three perspectives: Marina, Annabel and Zoe. They are three women who don't necessarily know each other that well but are all intertwined in the same case. One day, there is a plane crash in the Alps. Annabel gets a knock on her door and she finds out her husband is gone. As this is happening, Marina gets word that her good friend and mentor Duncan Sanders has had something happen to him as well. This starts to get the wheels turning - could these be connected?All While this is happening, there are some sketchy deals going on at overseas banks. As Annabel is navigating through this with the help of some of Matthew's friends, she discovers who she can and cannot trust. She also learns who she can outsmart. Meanwhile, Marina just came across the biggest story of her career that could help keep Duncan's legacy alive but what if that meant bringing your family down into the ground?Something I really loved about this book was that it was told from all female perspectives. Where most of the crooks men? Yes. However these three ladies were very strong female characters and I love that in thrillers. I don't think it happens in enough books. I also felt like the pace and handoff to the next character flowed really nicely. Sometimes it can get choppy or you can have a hard time remembering where the last character left off but in this book I knew exactly where each character was at all times. I also loved the ending. I literally sat up and was like WHAT! and that's when you know it was a good thriller.Why the 4 star? This *may* sound Nit-picky but there were quite a few editorial errors that I caught in the book and it really bothered me. Mixing up names in another characters chapter (and they don't cross paths) is not good, especially when it happened more than once.I think most people will enjoy this book and luckily it comes out this week on July 3rd. Thriller fans you won't want to miss this one!
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    What a page turner! I was worried after reading reviews saying that this story revolved around the Swiss banking industry and hedge funds and lots of other financial dealings I'm completely ignorant of, but it ended up being an interesting part of this story and not difficult at all to get into. This book caught my attention right away. It gets right into the meat of the story from the get-go and never lets up. I was provided an ARC of this book by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to netgalley for my copy of this book in exchange for a review.I was excited at starting this book as it isn’t my usual genre and the subject of hedge funds is not something I know anything about, but boy as soon as I started, it was like a rollercoaster of a ride and once seated there is no escaping until the ride or in this case book is over!Matthew a banker, is killed in a plane crash leaving his widowed wife Annabel to investigate what happened to him. But this is no accident and t Thank you to netgalley for my copy of this book in exchange for a review.I was excited at starting this book as it isn’t my usual genre and the subject of hedge funds is not something I know anything about, but boy as soon as I started, it was like a rollercoaster of a ride and once seated there is no escaping until the ride or in this case book is over!Matthew a banker, is killed in a plane crash leaving his widowed wife Annabel to investigate what happened to him. But this is no accident and there are people who will stop at nothing to keep this secret!Journalist Marina uncovers information that could bring down powerful men in the financial world, but will she risk losing fiancé Grant and the privileged life they lead. Loved the fact that the 2 main characters Annabel and Marina were strong kick ass ladies and not the faint hearted victims you often come across in books. High five to Christina Alger for making my day!This book is addictive and I could have read it in one sitting. Looking forward to reading another of Cristina Alger’s books just give me a few minutes for my heart rate to go back to normal!!
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 highly engrossing stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Money, power, greed can be and often is a powerful combination. It can lead to heartache, desperation, despair, and murder.In this fast paced taunt novel we meet the successful people, those who have money, lots of it, and yet still want more. We meet the deceivers, the liars, the people who will do anything to protect their money, hide it in whatever way they can, and do anything to see that their 4.5 highly engrossing stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Money, power, greed can be and often is a powerful combination. It can lead to heartache, desperation, despair, and murder.In this fast paced taunt novel we meet the successful people, those who have money, lots of it, and yet still want more. We meet the deceivers, the liars, the people who will do anything to protect their money, hide it in whatever way they can, and do anything to see that their money acquires them power. We enter into their world, the world of offshore banking.A plane crashes in the Alps. On board were two investment bankers. Annabel, the wife of Matthew, one of the crash victims, is bereft and as she digs into Matthew's life she finds many puzzling and frightening things as well as an encrypted computer. There is something very wrong in all of this and as she delves into his death more and more of incriminating shady dealings details emerge and Annabel is convinced her husband's death was no accident.Marina Tourneau is a journalist, associating with the doers and shakers of the world. She is about to become one of the elite soon as she is engaged to marry the son of a wealthy scion, a man who has ambitions to become the next President of the United States. After the death of her mentor, Marina decides to investigate the issues he was hot on the trail on. These involved the dealings of the bank known as Swiss United, the very place that Matthew had worked. There are nefarious things going on and as Marina digs further powerful people emerge, including some who are closest to her, who are heavily involved with this off shore way of doing business. What will she do as the facts come out and her very life and limb are threatened with the knowledge she acquires?This fast pace thriller was a page turner. From the very first page to its conclusion, this reader was highly engaged in the characters, the plot, and the underhanded method that money is hidden as well as the various people who avail themselves of this practice, most of them being the underbelly of the crime, political, and drug worlds. The author was able to make one understand the banking world that allows such practices to happen and how the ultra rich and wealthy manipulate their money and enrich themselves further while in many cases fostering their evil purposes. This is a must read for those who enjoy a tight plot, a twisted and turning book that ensnares the reader in a plot that just won't let go.Thank you to Cristina Alger, G.P Putnam's Sons, and Edelweiss for providing a copy of this thrilling book to me.
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  • Cindy Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThe Banker’s Wife is a fabulous, well-paced thriller that delves into the offshore banking business in Geneva, Switzerland. I was drawn into the story line from the first page and stayed invested in the plot until the cleverly-crafted conclusion. Alger takes the time to explain the world of high finance and hidden offshore accounts while developing authentic and strong female characters who anchor the book. She also effectively crafts the setting, making the reader feel that she or he h 4.5 starsThe Banker’s Wife is a fabulous, well-paced thriller that delves into the offshore banking business in Geneva, Switzerland. I was drawn into the story line from the first page and stayed invested in the plot until the cleverly-crafted conclusion. Alger takes the time to explain the world of high finance and hidden offshore accounts while developing authentic and strong female characters who anchor the book. She also effectively crafts the setting, making the reader feel that she or he has been transported to Geneva. I highly recommend this book. I received this book to read and review; all opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating and fast-paced investigative thriller complete with strong and smart women characters. SUMMARYA handsome couple boards a private plane in London bound for Geneva. An hour after takeoff the plan drops off the radar, and it’s wreckage is thought to be spotted atop Mt. Trélod, in the Swiss Alps. Among the missing is Matthew Werner, a banking executive at Swiss United Bank, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel is left grappling with the secrets he’s left behind, including A fascinating and fast-paced investigative thriller complete with strong and smart women characters. SUMMARYA handsome couple boards a private plane in London bound for Geneva. An hour after takeoff the plan drops off the radar, and it’s wreckage is thought to be spotted atop Mt. Trélod, in the Swiss Alps. Among the missing is Matthew Werner, a banking executive at Swiss United Bank, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel is left grappling with the secrets he’s left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a confidential client list. As she begins to search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident. Someone wanted him dead. And now his enemies are her enemies. Marina Tourneau an investigative journalist for Press magazine, had finally made it to the top. She’s in Paris celebrating her engagement to Grant Ellis, of Ellis Enterprises, a multinational corporation. She will be joining the ranks of one of the most powerful families in the country. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is just about more appealing than any article she could ever write. But after the death of her editor and mentor, Duncan Sander’s she agrees to investigate one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information from an anonymous source that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including some who are too close to home. The story is huge and if Marina chooses to publish it, it could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search for the truth.REVIEWThe pages in this compelling thriller turn themselves. It’s a fascinating story and best of all it’s complete with two or three strong and smart women. This is just the type of book I have been looking for all year. Finding books with strong women characters is not quite as easy as you might think. THE BANKERS WIFE is a perfect blend of well-developed characters, picturesque settings and a riveting story. The story covers the globe, from London to Geneva to Paris to New York to the Cayman Islands and cleverly layers both Annabel’s and Marina’s lives and perspectives, through alternating chapters. The intensity sustained through the novel makes it an easy prediction that you’ll find this book on the bestseller list very soon. I would even love to see THE BANKERS WIFE made into a movie! It’s that good! CRISTINIA ALGERS has also authored The Darlings (2012) and This Was Not the Plan (2016). A graduate of Harvard College and NYU law school, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children. Thanks to Penguin First to Read for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher G. P. Putnam’s SonsPublication July 3, 2018 www.bluestockingreviews.com
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  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. WOW!!!!!!This book went from 0 to 60 from the first page. I could not put it down. The pace of the storyline was rapid and at times got dizzy from the layers of the plot, yet somehow, with all of the moving parts, this author did an amazing job with threading the plot together.This story is told in 3 POVs and centers around the "Bankers Wife". Annabel is the wife who learns that her husband's plane has crashed and while dealing with her grief, I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. WOW!!!!!!This book went from 0 to 60 from the first page. I could not put it down. The pace of the storyline was rapid and at times got dizzy from the layers of the plot, yet somehow, with all of the moving parts, this author did an amazing job with threading the plot together.This story is told in 3 POVs and centers around the "Bankers Wife". Annabel is the wife who learns that her husband's plane has crashed and while dealing with her grief, discovers that his role as a tax attorney for a high profile bank had many secrets. The bank is located in Geneva and deals with high profile clients who want anonymity, whether to protect their money from tax exposure or to help nefarious and corrupt governments who are on sanctions list. This bank has no meal compass and is too greedy to care. This reality unfolds as Annabel does not believe the crash was an accident. She soon learns that the secrets her husband had are posing a threat to her and she is now racing against the clock to get to the truth.On the other side of the world is Marina, a reporter, who owes her career to her boss, Duncan, who happens to interrupt her trip with her fiance to let her know he is close to writing the story of the decade and needs her help. He informs him that after she is married, she is leaving the journalism business to help her new father-in-law with his bid for the presidency. He asks her to pick up something for her and then he will finish the story on his own. This is short lived as Marina is thrust into the story whether she wants it or not. A story about a bank that breeds international corruption. What she learns changes everything and she, too, is racing against the clock to get to the truth.Zoe is the banker's assistant, and is suspicious about the bank culture but is fearful of the power it holds. Can she find the courage to expose them?This story had me from the first page and I found myself holding my breath given the enormity of the wide net of characters that the bank represented. This book had the flavor of John Grisham's, The Firm, with International Finance. This is my first Cristina Alger novel and I am a fan who can't wait to read more. Well done!!
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    yes. Yes. YES. YESSSSSSSSS! This was the exact book that I needed to read right now folks, you have no idea. Cristina Alger, I am now a new fan of yours and please don't mind my raving right now. Don't be fooled by the "wife" in it's title, because The Banker's Wife is anything but a reiteration of the "girl" and "wife" psychological thrillers that have been mass produced since 2014. The Banker's Wife is completely original, while following a long forgotten formula for mystery/thriller novel yes. Yes. YES. YESSSSSSSSS! This was the exact book that I needed to read right now folks, you have no idea. Cristina Alger, I am now a new fan of yours and please don't mind my raving right now. Don't be fooled by the "wife" in it's title, because The Banker's Wife is anything but a reiteration of the "girl" and "wife" psychological thrillers that have been mass produced since 2014. The Banker's Wife is completely original, while following a long forgotten formula for mystery/thriller novels. I'll get more to why this novel is so amazing, but let's try to wrap up a quick plot breakdown for you, shall we? The Banker's Wife features multiple points of view, but the main two you really should be focusing on are Marina Tourneau and Annabel Werner. Marina is currently dating wealthy entrepreneur Grant Ellis, who's father is about to announce his run for presidency. Marina works for Press magazine, and while on vacation, she gets a disturbing call from her mentor. He has the story of a lifetime, but by pursuing it, could also put her life in danger. Marina is ready for the challenge, but is she in over her head? Annabel Werner and her husband Matthew are former New Yorkers, and have moved to Geneva for the chance to grow Matthew's career. Matthew works for investment bank Swiss United, and the duo's lifestyle has drastically changed since pursuing this opportunity. Living the life that people only dream of, Annabel comes home one day to find out disturbing information about her husband. This world of finance and investmenting can be tainted when dealing with sharks. Is Annabel ready to run from the life she helped her husband create, or will she further deepen her involvement in a world where the lines of morality and legality are blurred?Folks, I really can't go into the plot anymore than I already have. I already said too much... The reason why The Banker's Wife is so amazing, is that it'll keep you guessing until the epilogue! I was seriously on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this story. The Banker's Wife follows the format of mystery and thriller novels that has long been forgotten, and makes it work . In this story; the narrator/s are trustworthy, the plot twists are believable, and the story doesn't revolve around the same regurgitated drunken female protagonist trying to figure out what happened while under the influence. We dive into the world of finance; a world that I know little about, and we get to have a peek of the underworld that is currently existing in society with no consequences today. I will be talking about this book for some time to come. The Banker's Wife will be released July 2, so please get ready for this to knock out your summer!
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Annabel Lerner is devastated when she hears the news her husband Matthew, an employee of Swiss United, has been killed in a plane crash. But his death has left more questions than answers and Annabel becomes convinced some powerful people connected to the offshore bank wanted him dead. Journalist Marina Tourneau is set to marry Grant, who comes from a wealthy family and whose father is set to run for president. When her colleague and mentor, Duncan, turns up dead, Marina digs deep into the story Annabel Lerner is devastated when she hears the news her husband Matthew, an employee of Swiss United, has been killed in a plane crash. But his death has left more questions than answers and Annabel becomes convinced some powerful people connected to the offshore bank wanted him dead. Journalist Marina Tourneau is set to marry Grant, who comes from a wealthy family and whose father is set to run for president. When her colleague and mentor, Duncan, turns up dead, Marina digs deep into the story he was working on about Swiss United and uncovers shocking evidence that could bring down some of the most powerful and prominent people in the world. But publishing the "story of a lifetime" could mean Marina's life is in danger.While I don't read many books that focus on the financial world, I think it is safe to say most of them revolve around men. So I was pleased this book featured some strong female characters. I loved the back and forth perspectives of the grieving widow and the journalist. This book really held my interest throughout which is exactly what I want in a thriller. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn't find anything that surprising or shocking towards the end of the book. Even though there were parts that were fairly predictable, it still was a fun read and I definitely recommend if you like the genre.Thank you to First to Read for the advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Two women in dangerous situations through no fault of their own.Annabelle was married, but her husband seemed to be married to his job. After a plane crash, she finds out why there had been a plane crash with him in it.Marina writes stories about men like Annabel's husband, but this current story is a bit too dangerous to continue with even though Marina does.Actually a lot of folks seemed to be in danger, and the persons behind this situation are aware of every move Marina, Annabel, and others Two women in dangerous situations through no fault of their own.Annabelle was married, but her husband seemed to be married to his job. After a plane crash, she finds out why there had been a plane crash with him in it.Marina writes stories about men like Annabel's husband, but this current story is a bit too dangerous to continue with even though Marina does.Actually a lot of folks seemed to be in danger, and the persons behind this situation are aware of every move Marina, Annabel, and others are making.After the plane crash and when Annabel was out of her Geneva apartment, it was ransacked. Annabel really became angry and frightened when she came home to the damage. Marina really became angry when she found out some information about her future father-in-law and when she found her friend had been murdered for uncovering incriminating information. What was going on? It all seemed to stem from the Swiss bank and its clients.So many people were involved in this illegal money hiding. It is a pretty frightening concept that seems like it could be “real” in today’s world.The behind-the-scenes hacking and finding out information is also a bit on the scary side.The story line was interesting, but was a little slow at times with all the technical information. As the story continued, though, the tension mounted as everyone involved in the money scheme was coming to the surface and trying to keep those who knew what was going on quiet.THE BANKER’S WIFE addressed high profile and powerful men and women where money was the catalyst, and as the saying goes “the root of all evil.”Perhaps it isn’t a good idea to be a “banker’s wife.” :) If you enjoy secrets, intrigue, corruption, and love, you will enjoy THE BANKER'S WIFE. 4/5I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller with strong female characters, look no further.In Geneva, Switzerland Matthew Werner is a high level banker at Swiss United, when his plane crashes under very suspicious circumstances. His wife, Annabel, is left grappling with his death and many unanswered questions. She sets out to find out what her husband was doing and finds herself entangled in a web of lies and deceit.In New York City, Marina Tourneau is a journalist. While working on a story she If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller with strong female characters, look no further.In Geneva, Switzerland Matthew Werner is a high level banker at Swiss United, when his plane crashes under very suspicious circumstances. His wife, Annabel, is left grappling with his death and many unanswered questions. She sets out to find out what her husband was doing and finds herself entangled in a web of lies and deceit.In New York City, Marina Tourneau is a journalist. While working on a story she uncovers some information about Swiss United that could bring the entire company down.I read this book cover-to-cover in 24 hours. Alger hooked me from the first page and drew me in. I especially loved that the protagonatists were two strong, level-headed women who did not shrink away from challenges.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5The Banker’s Wife is a globe trotting thriller that grabbed my attention instantly and held it throughout. It switches back and forth between Marina, a journalist and Annabel a recently widowed young woman and I loved both of these clever, strong women. They were both incredibly well drawn and believable, and falling down the rabbit hole of offshore banking alongside them was quite the wild ride.There was a slick sophistication to this one, the setting took me from Geneva and the world of h 4.5/5The Banker’s Wife is a globe trotting thriller that grabbed my attention instantly and held it throughout. It switches back and forth between Marina, a journalist and Annabel a recently widowed young woman and I loved both of these clever, strong women. They were both incredibly well drawn and believable, and falling down the rabbit hole of offshore banking alongside them was quite the wild ride.There was a slick sophistication to this one, the setting took me from Geneva and the world of high class Swiss banking to New York and the world of high powered politics and then to small town France just to name a few of the exotic locales Alger explored and they were all beautifully depicted. While the plot focused on banking, something I know next to nothing about, Alger did a fantastic job of explaining the finer details in layman’s terms. I was never confused or bored, rather I was riveted and desperate to find out the truth about what really went down.I hate to even mention this because thrillers really shouldn’t appeal to one gender over the other, but I kept thinking while I was reading this that my husband would love the storyline, so I would definitely recommend to males as well as females, it had an edginess that I think men would be drawn to and I know my husband wouldn’t be interested in half of the thrillers I read but this one would be a surefire hit.The Banker’s Wife in three words: Slick, Sophisticated and Twisty.
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  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    January 1, 1970
    This one was awesome!! This would make one great action movie lol....was enthralled right from the start. Phenomenal writing!! There was a lot of information to take in with this one and a lot of characters to keep track of which was a bit confusing at times but it did not take away from the story! I can tell a lot of research went into this book! Highly recommend for fans of thrillers!
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  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    Lies, secrets, and billions of dollars Oh My! This fast-paced thriller had me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. Will the truth come out and who will die as a consequence?Journalists, politicians and bankers are all involved in this twisted tale of offshore banking. Marina is a journalist who is about to be married into a prestigious family and give up her career. While vacationing with her fiancé she receives a call from her boss asking her to pick up some highly sensitive information Lies, secrets, and billions of dollars Oh My! This fast-paced thriller had me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. Will the truth come out and who will die as a consequence?Journalists, politicians and bankers are all involved in this twisted tale of offshore banking. Marina is a journalist who is about to be married into a prestigious family and give up her career. While vacationing with her fiancé she receives a call from her boss asking her to pick up some highly sensitive information that could be the story of her career. Annabel is the wife of a banker who is devastated to hear her husband has been killed in a plane crash. The story alternates between these fabulous female lead characters.Alger did a fantastic job of explaining the ins and outs of the banking world without making it the tad bit boring. I was fascinated and wanted more! I would recommend this to a vast audience. I’ve already told my husband he needs to read this book asap. This is one ride you don’t want to miss!
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    You know what's great about this type of thriller? Is that it's not completely centered around a death and who-dun-it type of feel. Ok, so it DOES, but it also DOESN'T. Am I making any sense yet? While deaths DO happen (sidebar: I can't remember reading a book in the past few years where death doesn't happen - whether to people, relationships, animals or sanity!), the focus is on this huge potential scandal involving high powered people, a LOT of money and choosing between what's easier (wrong) You know what's great about this type of thriller? Is that it's not completely centered around a death and who-dun-it type of feel. Ok, so it DOES, but it also DOESN'T. Am I making any sense yet? While deaths DO happen (sidebar: I can't remember reading a book in the past few years where death doesn't happen - whether to people, relationships, animals or sanity!), the focus is on this huge potential scandal involving high powered people, a LOT of money and choosing between what's easier (wrong) and what's harder (right). Why, oh why, does doing the right thing always the harder choice?!The author tells us this story in alternating chapters and has us traveling around the world - Geneva, London, Paris, Cayman Islands and New York. We get jettisoned along with Marina and Annabel as their lives intersect without them even relatively aware that it's happening. This is fast paced, features strong female characters and is probably way more relevant to the world today than I would like to believe.I did get a little confused on which of the women I was reading about at certain moments belonged to which of the men. But that's probably due to my own befuddled head than the book itself. I will say that I was more engaged with Annabel's story than Marina's so was thinking 'this could've been titled "The Journalist's Wife" for all I cared' - and then realized Annabel IS The Banker's Wife and see? I'M CONFUSED AGAIN. Ha!Honestly you guys, I really did enjoy this book a lot! I highly recommend.Thanks so much to Putnam for this copy <3
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book about secrets and corruption and money - LOTS of money. It's a clever mystery that keeps you guessing over whether characters are honest or corrupt and your opinion is going to change several times until you get to the fantastic ending of the book.There are two strong female characters that most of the book revolves around - Annabel the widow of a banker killed in a plane crash who left clues behind over what was going on at the Swiss bank that employed him and Marina - a jo This is a great book about secrets and corruption and money - LOTS of money. It's a clever mystery that keeps you guessing over whether characters are honest or corrupt and your opinion is going to change several times until you get to the fantastic ending of the book.There are two strong female characters that most of the book revolves around - Annabel the widow of a banker killed in a plane crash who left clues behind over what was going on at the Swiss bank that employed him and Marina - a journalist who gets a tip about money laundering by Swiss banks and has to follow the story to the end. Both women end up being pursued by people who don't want them to share any of the information that they have and will stop at nothing to make sure that they remain silent. I really can't say much about the plot without giving away potential spoilers but I will say that it's fast paced and a real page turner! I loved it.I read an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    Strong female characters (who are not "unreliable" for a change!), financial crimes, billions of dollars tied up in crimes, mysterious deaths - what more could you ask for in this financial thriller from Cristina Alger? When journalists begin an investigation into offshore bank accounts that are hiding billions of dollars and all the sudden bodies begin turning up left and right of those who have connections to the money or knowledge of shady doing? Well, I guess you will need to read The Banker Strong female characters (who are not "unreliable" for a change!), financial crimes, billions of dollars tied up in crimes, mysterious deaths - what more could you ask for in this financial thriller from Cristina Alger? When journalists begin an investigation into offshore bank accounts that are hiding billions of dollars and all the sudden bodies begin turning up left and right of those who have connections to the money or knowledge of shady doing? Well, I guess you will need to read The Banker’s Wife to find out what comes next! (And trust me, you want to know...)I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Laurie's Lit Picks
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Alger's first two books (The Darlings and This Was Not the Plan), and her latest is another solid story, with some intriguing twists and interesting characters. Alger heads back to the world of her first book, The Darlings, and in fact, some overlapping characters in the journalists who investigated the SEC schemes of a wealthy well-to-do family. This time around, we have another wealthy NYC family, but this time their hands are in corrupt politics and money laundering (sound li I really enjoyed Alger's first two books (The Darlings and This Was Not the Plan), and her latest is another solid story, with some intriguing twists and interesting characters. Alger heads back to the world of her first book, The Darlings, and in fact, some overlapping characters in the journalists who investigated the SEC schemes of a wealthy well-to-do family. This time around, we have another wealthy NYC family, but this time their hands are in corrupt politics and money laundering (sound like some headlines over the last year??). The story is told through two viewpoints: Marina, the independent, intelligent news reporter who just happens to be engaged to the son whose dad is announcing his candidacy for president, but there's a few skeletons in that dark rich closet; and Annabel, the wife of a young international banker, working in Switzerland and recently killed in a suspicious plane crash. As Alger strings all the pieces together, so do Annabel and Marina in a taut plot line, with some surprising twists that kept me turning the page. Alger is very good at slowly developing characters so be patient - it is worth it.
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  • Katrina Ayala
    January 1, 1970
    The Bankers Wife ... I will admit I'm struggling to review this book kindly. It was a face paced thriller and there was some beautiful foreshadowing going on but that's about all it had going for it.There were several moments where the characters names were interchanged and that mistake drives me bonkers. I mean, I can understand it happening once but after the fourth time I just want to throw my hands up and slam the book down.My second issue is more about me than the writing and that's the fac The Bankers Wife ... I will admit I'm struggling to review this book kindly. It was a face paced thriller and there was some beautiful foreshadowing going on but that's about all it had going for it.There were several moments where the characters names were interchanged and that mistake drives me bonkers. I mean, I can understand it happening once but after the fourth time I just want to throw my hands up and slam the book down.My second issue is more about me than the writing and that's the fact that all of the financial stuff went right over my head. The "meat" of the book just didn't make a lick of sense to me.I couldn't relate at all to the two female lead characters...there wasn't a lot of depth to either of them. And as far as thrillers go...I predicted the ending very early on ... again the foreshadowing was there but maybe it was a bit overstated?I seem to be in the minority for this book but I'll give it three stars because someone else might just love the financial aspect of it. I was provided a copy of this book from first to read in exchange for my honest review.Tags: books, fiction, book blog, book reveiw, book blogger, authors, book addict, thriller, bibliophile, psychological, the bankers wife, Cristina AlgerCategories: Book Review
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  • Diane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a thriller!!! Some books don't always live up to the hype and reviews. This one does. From the word go was hooked. This is corruption and lies at its best. Unputdownable!
  • Sveta Volkov
    January 1, 1970
    I am not ashamed to admit that I know little about the financing world. My husband does our taxes and deals with most health insurance issues. So when I received this book from BOTM, I hoped that the financial terminology wouldn't kill me. And it didn't. Although this book dwells into the dark tunnels of Swiss banking, I didn't feel confused or bored even once. The main focal points of this book were the two heroines, Annabel and Marina. Each of them had their own role to fulfill. One had to try I am not ashamed to admit that I know little about the financing world. My husband does our taxes and deals with most health insurance issues. So when I received this book from BOTM, I hoped that the financial terminology wouldn't kill me. And it didn't. Although this book dwells into the dark tunnels of Swiss banking, I didn't feel confused or bored even once. The main focal points of this book were the two heroines, Annabel and Marina. Each of them had their own role to fulfill. One had to try uncover her husband's secret, while the other had to conceal all the dirty information that was leaked. Both of them discovered that with great secrets, comes great responsibility.One of the questions that "The Banker's Wife" addresses is how well do we know our partners and can we really trust anyone with our lives?Although I enjoyed the book very much, it had some flaws, in my opinion. The main characters were a bit flat and one dimensional, I wished for them to change, but they never evolved. I guess this flaw is not that huge, since we are dealing with a mystery book and not literary fiction.Another thing was, that I was able to guess the ending (only in the last few chapters, but it kind of ruined it for me in the end.) I would have liked to see an even "wilder" ending. That would have really added the fifth star to my review.If you are looking for a fast paced read, with many plot twists and an unconventional topic, this book is for you!
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    With a John Grisham storytelling style, Alger brings a cast of characters full circle. Reading from rotating character perspectives, you come to understand how this Swiss Bank is hiding far my more than it's clients identities, and willing to risk it all to keep their secrets. A financial thriller keeps your running from start to finish.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    In the early morning hours a couple is seen boarding a private plane in London during a storm. News soon hits that the plane has crashed in the Alps and those aboard are believed to be dead. Police arrive at Annabel Werner's door to inform her that her husband was aboard this plane and she is now a widow. Annabel is forced into a world of confusion. For starters, her husband, Matthew, never told her he was in London and just who was this woman he was flying with? As Annabel digs deeper she learn In the early morning hours a couple is seen boarding a private plane in London during a storm. News soon hits that the plane has crashed in the Alps and those aboard are believed to be dead. Police arrive at Annabel Werner's door to inform her that her husband was aboard this plane and she is now a widow. Annabel is forced into a world of confusion. For starters, her husband, Matthew, never told her he was in London and just who was this woman he was flying with? As Annabel digs deeper she learns that her husband, who was a successful banker at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank located in Geneva, was representing the woman on the plane. A woman whose family has close ties to terrorists. Nothing makes sense.At the same time Annabel's life is crashing down around her, Marina Toureau is questioning her future. She is currently a successful journalist set to end her career quite early in order to accommodate a new life with her fiancé whose father is about to launch his campaign for presidential election. Before she walks away for good, she has agreed to help her boss with one last story. A story about Swiss United. A story about how this bank has a client list of not just your typical powerful executives, but also a link to known terrorists, which is a crime in the banking world. As Annabel and Marianna's lives become more and more entwined with their investigations into Swiss United they run the risk of losing their lives. Will these two women find out the truth or will they die trying?THE BANKER'S WIFE is a multi-faceted story about the criminal side to offshore banking. When I first read the synopsis for this book I was worried I wouldn't understand the topic, as I'm certainly no banking expert, but rest assured, Alger makes everything easy to comprehend. The story is told through alternating storylines where the reader is able to spend time with each of the main characters, which is an element to many recent thrillers that I have come to know and love. That being said, THE BANKER'S WIFE stops being your average thriller here. There is no unreliable narrator trying to convince you that they know who committed a crime or that they aren't guilty of something. The voices of Annabel and Marianna are those of strong, badass female characters determined to stop at nothing in the quest for the truth. Alger has a gift for writing a quick-paced, thrill ride of a story that sucks the reader in with a plot that will hold your attention until the very end. THE BANKER'S WIFE has all the elements needed to be your favorite thriller of the summer!
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    🌟LOVED IT 🌟 Thanks to GetRed PR and the publisher for this free review copy!.I have been reading fewer and fewer thrillers lately & this is actually my first one of summer 2018. I’m so happy that I waited to read one until I had this in my hands because it was absolutely amazing! Two strong female leads. Fabulous European locations along with New York City. And a twisty-turny financial mystery. What more could you want? Bravo to Cristina Alger!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Ms. Alger wrote a fantastic novel about what it takes to survive when you are being hunted for something your husband might have done. We all know that off-shore accounts are a bit suspect but she really brings the seedy underside to life in her novel. We meet Annabel and Marina both who will be sucked into this web of deceit but in very different ways. As the book kept picking up speed, I was hoping our multiple heroines would be able to come out on the other side of this with their lives Wow! Ms. Alger wrote a fantastic novel about what it takes to survive when you are being hunted for something your husband might have done. We all know that off-shore accounts are a bit suspect but she really brings the seedy underside to life in her novel. We meet Annabel and Marina both who will be sucked into this web of deceit but in very different ways. As the book kept picking up speed, I was hoping our multiple heroines would be able to come out on the other side of this with their lives intact. Each of them had so much tragedy and sorrow in such a short period of time that I wanted them to be o.k. There are definitely some twists and turn throughout the book but none that seemed unrealistic or non-plausible. What I loved is we had three strong but different heroines in Annabel, Marina and Zoe. I loved that this story weaved their lives together probably in ways they would have preferred not to have happen in some ways. This book truly sucked me in from the first line and didn't let go. It is definitely a book to take to the beach or pool with you this summer but I read it anywhere I could just to see what was going to happen next.
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  • Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    A can't stop reading, think about it when you're working, kind of thriller. Annabel's husband became a banker for Swiss United almost 2 years ago. What they didn't know when they moved to Geneva was how corrupt international banking is. Now Matthew's dead. His plane crash landed in the Alps and Annabel is left trying to figure out what her husband was working on before his death. Across the ocean, journalist Marina is tracking down the same story. Both are being watched. Swiss United can't affor A can't stop reading, think about it when you're working, kind of thriller. Annabel's husband became a banker for Swiss United almost 2 years ago. What they didn't know when they moved to Geneva was how corrupt international banking is. Now Matthew's dead. His plane crash landed in the Alps and Annabel is left trying to figure out what her husband was working on before his death. Across the ocean, journalist Marina is tracking down the same story. Both are being watched. Swiss United can't afford an information leak.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Annabel Lerner feels isolated in Geneva: she's not like the other bankers' wives, and she rarely sees her husband Matthew anymore. They moved to Geneva for a fresh start--and yes, to take advantage of the salary Matthew's private banking job at Swiss United offered. But Annabel never realized how stressed Matthew would be or how often he'd travel. And then, suddenly, he's gone: his private plane simply falling off the radar over the French Alps. Before she can even understand what's happening, A Annabel Lerner feels isolated in Geneva: she's not like the other bankers' wives, and she rarely sees her husband Matthew anymore. They moved to Geneva for a fresh start--and yes, to take advantage of the salary Matthew's private banking job at Swiss United offered. But Annabel never realized how stressed Matthew would be or how often he'd travel. And then, suddenly, he's gone: his private plane simply falling off the radar over the French Alps. Before she can even understand what's happening, Annabel is left to deal with the aftermath, including a trail of secrets and the powerful men at Swiss United who don't want them exposed. Meanwhile, Marina Tourneau is a reporter for The Press. Her mentor, Duncan Carr, has been chasing a story involving Morty Reiss, whose hedge fund was one of the largest Ponzi scams of all time. Supposedly, before he could get caught, Morty committed suicide. But Duncan and Marina believe Marty faked his death and Duncan has become obsessed with proving it--to the detriment of his health, his reputation, and his career. But Marina is also engaged to Grant Ellis, whose wealthy father, James, is about to run for President. The plan is for Marina to stop writing and stand by her man. But when she suddenly realizes she's on the trail of the story of her career, what will she do? Well, this turned out to be a gem of a novel. When I first started reading it, I was a little worried that I wouldn't see what the fuss was all about, but things quickly picked up, and I was hooked. One of the best things about this novel is that it's an old-style thriller--it reminded me of old-school Grisham or Stieg Larsson. It even throws shade at the glutton of Girl books and their (annoying) unreliable narrators, which I love. This is a mystery for folks who love real stories without any fuss or distraction and with strong characters--all of which combine to leave you befuddled and anxious as everything slowly unfurls. Alger takes us into the complicated and dark world of Swiss banking, where we are introduced to a lot of real bad guys who have no morals. You can't trust them, you know they are bad, and you know your heroes and heroines are in true danger. Rarely do I think this while reading a book (because, face it, the book is always better), but I really think this book would *actually* make a great movie. It's exciting and tense, and the way things are slowly revealed would make for a very effective film. But, anyway, it's a wonderful novel. You quickly get sucked into Annabel and Marina's worlds--the majority of the story is told from their points of view. There's a decent amount of ancillary characters to keep track of, but it's certainly manageable. The best is not knowing who to trust, what to believe, or how things went down. There's that Girl with a Dragon Tattoo-reporting vibe that I love: the pleasure of solving a case. The story is set in 2015 but is completely timely, yet utterly timeless in its essence of greed, money, and fear--and what people do in the name of all three. I just loved the old-fashioned thrill of it, the long list of suspects, the excitement of trying to work out who did what. Overall, this is just a great novel. The plot is excellent--tense, exciting, and expertly woven together. The characters are strong, but it's really the story that's the standout here. It truly reminds you of mysteries and thrillers of old (I sound ancient here, but whatever). Don't let the banking theme scare you off: this is a fabulous read, and if you're a mystery or thriller fan, I think you'll really enjoy this one. 4+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you!). Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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  • 3 no 7
    January 1, 1970
    “The Bankers Wife” by Cristina Alger opens with a cringe-worthy scenario; someone is throwing a temper tantrum in an airport. If that were not bad enough, a storm with strong crosswinds and a downpour of sleet has reduced visibility to virtually nothing. In the midst of the chaos, a phone call reports, “It’s done. Only one flight departed and they were on it.” Less than one hour later over the French Alps, the plane simply fell off the radar, as though it had never existed at all. The book conti “The Bankers Wife” by Cristina Alger opens with a cringe-worthy scenario; someone is throwing a temper tantrum in an airport. If that were not bad enough, a storm with strong crosswinds and a downpour of sleet has reduced visibility to virtually nothing. In the midst of the chaos, a phone call reports, “It’s done. Only one flight departed and they were on it.” Less than one hour later over the French Alps, the plane simply fell off the radar, as though it had never existed at all. The book continues as two intertwined narratives. Chapters alternate with differing point of view, and each main character is identified in the chapter heading. Marina is a senior journalist at “Press” magazine, married to Grant, with a father-in-law contemplating running for president. When her boss, Duncan himself, sends her on a clandestine assignment to pick up a flash drive containing highly important but top-secret information, Marina anticipates being on the tail of a good story with dirty money hidden away in shadow accounts. However, things take an unexpected turn.“It’s Duncan. Duncan Sander. He’s dead.”Annabel Werner is living in Geneva and married to Matthew, a successful banker. Although she has a lavish lifestyle paid for with giant banker’s salary, Geneva would never be home to her. Annabel was bored, missed work, and wanted children. With a knock on her door, her life takes an unexpected turn as well. “Your husband’s plane from London did not land as scheduled. We believe it crashed in the Alps.” Unexplained deaths, a suspicious plane crash, double dealings, bank improprieties, illegal transactions, and downright theft keep readers turning the pages at a frantic pace. Interesting characters, picturesque international settings, and high finance crime blend to make a riveting story. Little clues are woven into the story to tease the outcome. I received a copy of “The Bankers Wife” from Cristina Alger, Penguin Group, and NetGalley. It is a gripping book with strong, reliable, female characters who anchor the action. I highly recommend it.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    First I want to thank netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy for my kindle. Wow what a ride! Started off a little slow introducing us to Annabelle and marina. Annabelle is married to Mathew a wealthy Swiss banker who handles money for wealthy people including some not so nice people. Marina is an American reporter who works for a paper and whose boss Duncan is investigating the Swiss bank that Mathew works for , hiding money to avoid taxes in America. When Duncan ends up dead shot in t First I want to thank netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy for my kindle. Wow what a ride! Started off a little slow introducing us to Annabelle and marina. Annabelle is married to Mathew a wealthy Swiss banker who handles money for wealthy people including some not so nice people. Marina is an American reporter who works for a paper and whose boss Duncan is investigating the Swiss bank that Mathew works for , hiding money to avoid taxes in America. When Duncan ends up dead shot in the head in his home in America and Mathew ends up dead suddenly in his private plane over the mountains two days apart, marina starts investigating the deaths after she receives a usb from an inside source of the bank that holds clients information including terrorists. Annabelle realizes after the death of her husband that her life wasn’t what it seems and her husbands employer will stop at nothing including murder to get there clients information back off his sudden missing laptop and maybe her friends aren’t her friends. I loved this book it was a quick read only because I couldn’t put it down!
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