The Gatecrasher by Madeleine WickhamThe Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham

The Gatecrasher

byMadeleine Wickham

Paperback | August 26, 2015

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An early bestseller from the author of the fabulous Shopaholic series.

Fleur is beautiful, unscrupulous, and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of The Times announcements page she gatecrashes the funerals and memorial services of the wealthy, preying on rich, vulnerable men. She charms her way into their lives and onto their platinum credit cards, takes what she can, and then moves swiftly on.

When Richard, a dull but wealthy businessman, meets Fleur at his wife's memorial service, he's bowled over. Gradually Fleur works her spell on Richard's family -- transforming their lives while she moves in on their wealth. But she finds herself lingering longer than she meant to.
SOPHIE KINSELLA is an international bestselling writer and former financial journalist. She is the author of the number one bestsellers Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me? and Twenties Girl, as well as the hugely popular Shopaholic novels, the first of which is now the hit Hollywood movie Confessions of a Shopa...
Title:The GatecrasherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.76 × 5.04 × 0.85 inPublished:August 26, 2015Publisher:TransworldLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0552776726

ISBN - 13:9780552776721


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read I actually loved it. I've been reading all of sophie Kinsella's books that she wrote under her real name but I didn't quiet like any of them except this one....although I did find a lot of mistakes that the editor missed.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from As a big Sophie fan... read it.... Not as good as Sophie's other books. I still read it from end to end and found it amusing. The character wasn't as likable as her usual characters,
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it. The story is a little complicating, cannot sympathise with the main character at times, but the ending brings it all together.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So I read this book for a book club so it wasn't by choice. I did enjoy it near the middle but the beginning didn't really catch my attention and the book seemed to end rather abruptly to me. As I read the book I kept thinking of the movie Wedding Crashers (which I love) but didn't help the book. I found the character development lacking and I couldn't connect with the main character. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I am not sure if I would recommend it to a friend.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as stellar as the novels she writes under her pseudonym! Fleur has made a career out of crashing funerals and memorial services so that she can work her way into recently widower's lives. She earns the widower's trust then takes them for all she can and moves on. Fleur's latest target is Richard Favour who finds that her bubbly personality and bright spirit are exactly what his dull life has been lacking. However, as Fleur is swept up into Richard's country club lifestyle and family problems she finds that maybe she is wanting more than just access to his gold card. Perhaps this will be the life that she finally settles into, until her own past catches up with her and threatens to ruin everything. The book was enjoyable at times but I found myself disliking the main character more and more as the story progressed. Fleur was shockingly selfish and blind to everyone's needs but her own. She had absolutely no redeeming qualities that justified a whole family falling in love with her and I can't believe how easily they all forgave the way she mistreated them. Fleur's character didn't change or learn anything even towards the end of the book. Also, the ending was a supreme disappointment because it wraps up a little too quickly with so many loose ends untied. Truthfully, I am now hesitant to pick up any more of Wickham's novels as her Shopoholic books were definitely more entertaining than this one.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It wasn't that bad I had read the Shopaholic series and was really interested in reading a book by "Madeline Wickham." The Gatecrasher was okay. It wasn't horrible but it Fleur was no match against Becky Bloomwood. I didn't really fall in love with Fleur like I did with Sophie Kinsella's other main characters. Also, I didn't like the book ending. The plot was sort of slow and at the end, it left me with a million questions! It felt like the book ended too abruptly or the book wasn't quite finished... It was an okay book but definitely not one of my favorites.
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Surprise -- your definition. This book was kind of like watching Wedding Crashers (the movie). It was funny, and interesting when you start reading the book, but by the end it gets all serious and weird on you. By the cover, and the author, you would expect this book to be fun, and a romantic comedy. However, this book deals with a single mother stealing money off male widows, and always moving around. She has a troubled daughter, who eventually comes to live with her and the new "family", and gets involved with the son. It has its funny moments, but mostly the book deals with a complex family, their troubles, secrets, money, sex, and past. The characters are sometimes frustrating because of their actions, and I actually cried at some parts. Because of the angst. The ending is a little bit anti-climatic. My suggestion; read the book with an open mind. Don't expect it to be another Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WHAT A BORE This was book recommended in my small book group. It has to be one of the worst books i have read, ever. It was badly written, not entertaining, or funny. I had trouble picking the book up to read, rather than putting the book down! After reading the other reviews, im beginning to wonder if they actually read this book!
Date published: 2009-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read The gatecrasher is a novel about a woman who 'crashes' funerals and memorials in hopes of finding wiealthy men. She then takes as much money from them as she can before moving on. It is an interesting premise for a novel and it was an easy and enjoyable read. I'm not sure why Madeleine WIckham who is also Sophie Kinsella chose to author this book under a her own name. Why not use your name for all of your novels. All in all it was a good read.
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! when i had finished reading all of the sophie kinsella books i was slightly depressed. then i came across the gatecrasher at the yorkdale indigo and i was revived. it was an early christmas present for me. the books she writes are not great works of literature, but they're not boring either. i get so wrapped up in her great stories and characters that i usually don't put it down until i'm done. keep writing sophie/madeleine! one thing i did notice about this book was how different her style is compared to shopaholics and the other kinsella books. it was hard to get used to at first and then i fell in love with her new (old) style too. i can't wait for the rest of wickham/kinsella's books.
Date published: 2008-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining If you like Sophie Kinsella's 'Shopaholic' series, then you'll enjoy this novel, as well. As per usual, the main character finds herself in a tangled web of lies that she has to somehow get herself out of. Typical British humor. I enjoyed it!
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I loved the Shopaholic series so I was excited to read another book by the same author. I thought this book was brutal. I couldn't wait for it to end. I will not read another book by Wickham.
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheeky with a touch of wit After reading so many Sophie Kinsella novels, then reading this one, I realized how different Sophie Kinsella and Madeleine Wickham are as authors. It's the same style, but throughout The Gatecrasher, I realized how much older and less glamorous the characters were compared to, say, Becky Bloomwood. In fact, I wouldn't even classify The Gatecrasher as a chick lit novel, per se. That being said, The Gatecrasher is still an entertaining read. The suspense is amazing, and it made up for the relative lack of romance. And, of course, the author's wit is admirable. I do wish, however, that the story didn't end so abruptly. Not many people can come up with such great premises for their stories, but Madeleine Wickham has done it again and again. The gatecrasher to funerals turns out to be a gold-digger looking for wealthy widowers. When she finds one, well, things become juicy. Highly recommended for all Sophie Kinsella fans!
Date published: 2008-06-07

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“Hugely enjoyable”
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