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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776721
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hugely enjoyable" (Daily Mail)

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An early bestseller from the author of the fabulous Shopaholic series

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bragadaccio on 24 Aug 2007
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I have just finished reading this - didn't take long - I couldn't put it down! I prefer this one to the others I have read by Madeleine Wickham - a fast moving plot that makes you want to read on. Funny but I came to like the 'heroine'. Lot of interesting character study, but not at all laboured. A very good read. And as someone else has said, I too didn't want it to come to an end!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2001
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What's remarkable about The Gatecrasher is that the "heroine" is anything but. In fact, even at the end of the story I didn't like her much. It's the impact that Fleur has on the lives around her that makes this a good book. The other characters - Richard the widower she picks up at his wives' memorial service, Johnny her longtime friend who finally kicks her where she needs it, Richard's children and in-laws, and finally Zara, her own daughter - that you come to love, each for their own strengths and weaknesses. The two teens, Antony and Zara, are particularly compelling.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb 2002
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I really enjoyed this book because it has a fresh and different kind of plot, and an anti heroine who you find yourself admiring if not particularly liking very much. The supporting characters are also particularly well drawn, and you find yourself rooting for their lives to turn out happily even if you're not sure what you want to happen to Fleur herself...
A highly recommended read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katie Cauthen Francisco on 12 Feb 2003
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Fleur Daxeny is a funeral crasher - she's a con artist who preys on recent wealthy widowers and makes off with some of their money. Her most recent victim is Richard Favour whose wife Emily has just died. However, what she doesn't count on is that Richard and his family may change her just as much as she changes them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the just over 300 pages seemed to turn themselves. While I felt that Fleur's past was perhaps a little glossed over and could have been brought out more and that there was some foreshadowing thats denouement fell a bit flat, I felt that overall this was a great read. I will definitely be reading more of Ms. Wickham's work!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Newman on 4 May 2010
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I only really bought this book because it was by Sophie Kinsella writing under her real name of Madeleine Wickham and as I enjoyed the shopaholic books and others written by 'sophie' i thought i'd give this a go. The book is very differently written to the 'sophie' ones, much more serious i think. However, the plot was pretty good and I did enjoy it on the whole but not something I would've chosen usually.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DevJohn01 on 20 May 2008
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If you are thinking of purchasing this book in hopes that it will hold you over until the next Kinsella book, understand that when reading a Madeline Wickham book you are in for a totally different experience! The Wickham books do not have the same laugh out loud humor that her Kinsella books do but I find they are still a lot of fun.

In 'THE GATECRASHER' we meet Fleur Daxeny a woman on a mission. She needs financial security for her and her daughter Zara and the only way she knows how to insure that is by scamming rich, vulnerable men out of thousands. Fleur makes it her job to cling to unsuspecting widowers and be everything that they need until she can get away with the cash. However, once she meets Richard Favour and his family she finds that she actually likes them and their cozy little life, complete with the charming house in the gated community & country club membership but can she leave behind her gold digging ways permanently?

I enjoyed this book from page one. The story line was original and the pacing was great, but what I loved most was that you really had no idea where the story was going to take you. Fleur was so flawed that the reader never really knew how the story was going to end until the last page. I only wish that the ending had been fleshed out a bit more but that is a small gripe with an otherwise highly enjoyable book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read a couple of Madelaine Wickham's books before- and virtually all of those written under her pseudonym of Sophie Kinsella- and I've enjoyed most of them. With this, I was looking forward to a pleasant, though not expecting a spectacular, read.

That's just what I got. I do feel though that possibly my further enjoyment of this book was hampered by the absolutely ATROCIOUS editing which I want to warn readers about! Barely a third of the way into it and I'd lost count of the numerous mistakes I'd picked up- including characters names being misspelled- Emily actually became `Ennily' on a couple of occasions. Really, how hard is it to check a book is correct before publishing it? Gripes with grammar and misspelling/punctuation aside though, I actually did like this story- it held my attention with memorable characters and a decent enough plot. It is perhaps not as strong as her other books, but I think it would make a good holiday read.

The book is about glamorous forty-something beauty Fleur Daxeny, who makes is her mission to gatecrash funerals and pick up wealthy, vulnerable men and use them for their cash before moving onto her next target. After gate crashing the funeral of millionaire businessman Richard's wife Emily, Fleur finds herself staying around a bit longer than she intended and then she realises that she might not be the only person with her sight's set on Richard's money...

As I've said, this was a decent enough read with an interesting premise that held my attention and a plot that meandered along nicely. The characters are fairly well-developed, though could have done with being fleshed out a little bit more- and whilst you certainly don't like them all, I was interested in knowing more about them and what made them tick.
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