Friday, 22 February 2013

The Gatecrasher

The Gatecrasher
By: Sophie kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham

Outer back cover: Fleur Daxeny is beautiful, unscrupulous, and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of The Times announcements page she gatecrashed 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 Favour, 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 reserved and stilted family - transforming their lives while she moves in on their wealth. She finds herself lingering longer than she meant to, becoming involved in the family - but as Fleur rifles through Richard's files, it becomes clear that she is not the only one after his money.

About a lady that goes to funerals and picks up wealthy men, it was really funny. The book focuses on one "job", Richard, and I really felt like I got to know all the characters in his family. The book is funny but at the same time quite sad and deep.

Richard sets out to learn more about his late wife after her memorial service, and it's interesting as the reader to also find out more about her.

I didn't like the ending of the book, I think it felt very rushed and it left so much unresolved. It's like Wickham got tired of writing and just wanted to be done with the book.

Most of the characters were really good, but I think I'll have to say my favourite character was Philippa, there was just so much going on with her and in a way I felt like she was more "real" than all the other ones.

I won't be keeping this book. Partly because it's one less thing to take to England, and partly because it just wasn't that good.

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