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5* Review – Cristina Alger – The Banker’s Wife

The only thing worse than finding out that your husband is dead is discovering the secrets he left behind.

Annabel’s seemingly perfect ex-patriate life in Geneva is shattered when her banker husband Matthew’s plane crashes in the Alps. When Annabel finds clues that his death may not be all it seems, she puts herself in the crosshairs of powerful enemies and questions whether she really knew her husband at all.

Meanwhile, journalist Marina is investigating Swiss United, the bank where Matthew worked. But when she uncovers evidence of a shocking global financial scandal that implicates someone close to home, she is forced to make an impossible choice.

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My Thoughts…

Authentic detail, fast-paced action, and spine-tingling suspense make this international thriller absorbing and unputdownable. Succinctly introduced the key players seem unconnected at the outset but as tragedy strikes, their roles align and give the reader a realistic, contemporary thriller to enjoy.

Told from two points of view; Annabel, ‘The Banker’s Wife’ and Marina the society journalist find themselves up against the establishment and might of the international financial sector. One is personally affected, the other an objective observer, but lines are blurred, and both women put themselves in danger to find and reveal the truth and stop international corruption and murder.

A detailed plot demands concentration but the clues to solve the mysteries posed are there. The menacing ethos simmers in the background before exploding in the final chapters, making you wonder if the truth will come out and if the protagonists will live to see it.

The perfect weekend read.

I received a copy of this book from Mulholland Books – Hodder and Stoughton via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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-#JudgeForYourself- 5* Review -John Grisham – The Whistler

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Mystery Thriller Blurb

The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller.

Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida’s one thousand judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That’s until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell.

Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead. Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels.

No one has a clue what she’s been doing – until now.

Under Florida law, those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle blower friend could make millions.

But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?

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The Whistler (Exclusive Early Sampler)

Driving to meet a potential informant Lacy and her partner Hugo argue good naturedly about music and catch up on their respective lives. The closeness in their relationship is deeper than that of colleagues. They are friends and the author wants you to know this from the start. Lacy and Hugo are not the FBI agents I initially thought them to be but part of a federal organisation that investigates judicial corruption.
The informant Greg, is definitely an anti-hero, he is the middle man and in it for the money. We don’t even meet the true antagonist or the potential whistle blower in this four chapter sampler but it’s easy to visualise and have opinions about them and their actions from the thoughts and conversation of Lacy, Hugo and Greg.
The suspense and menacing quality of this story builds from Lacy’s first meeting with Greg. Can she trust him? Does he have a hidden agenda? Is this case worth risking her life over? These are all questions tantalisingly raised in the first few chapters. The reader’s bond with Lacy, single and childless and Hugo, the family man is already strong by this time and you want to know how this case will affect their lives.
The story’s other players are still to be introduced but they form a sinister presence, even before you meet them. Is this a story of good versus evil? Or something less defined, yet more complex? You’ll want to read the whole story to find out.
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I received a four chapter sampler of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

The Whistler by John Grisham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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