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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (21 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781427204370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427204370
  • ASIN: 1427204373
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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Looking for a wealthy husband? What better way than to gatecrash a smart society funeral... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 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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12 of 13 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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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cece de la Vela on 26 Mar. 2011
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I don't normally read books such as this because I find them boring and repetitive but I received this as a present and the concept seemed intriguing. It was easy to read (despite the numerous typos which I found annoying) and follow with a few amusing one-liners. However it felt as though the author suddenly got really bored of writing towards the last few chapters and just scrambled together a quick happy ending in order to get it finished. I still don't understand the main character's sudden decision at the end. It was generally a bit 'flat' with barely any explanation or analysis - it seemed as though only the surface of what was really happening was skimmed. There were parts which could have been so much more if there had just been a bit more depth and involvement. Some of the secondary characters had the potential to be extremely interesting but too much time was wasted on the superficial, wooden and insincere main character making the book superficial and wooden. Fleur was so boring and unbelievably selfish and indifferent (who sends their child to boarding school at 5 years of age when they don't even work?) and too much time was wasted on a character we were no better off knowing at the end than at the beginning.
Fine to read if you want something easy which doesn't require brain cells or any emotional involvement that you will forget immediately after reading.
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