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The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham
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Mar 15, 2009

it was ok
Read in April, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Meh.

I picked this one up and put it down several times. I finally read it while at the gym, so I was a captive audience. It is not a book to curl up on the couch with.

The story of Fleur, a woman who hits on rich men at funerals, in order to burn them for their money and run, is an odd premise in the first place. The reader would either love the silly escapades, or hate her for her cruel deception. Yet I felt neither. The only characters remotely interesting to me were Fleur's daughter Zara, who is well aware of her mother's antics and less than thrilled with them, and recent widower Richard's son Antony, a boy whose deceased mother didn't like him and let him know it.

I muddled through the book, only to come to the words, "The End", and I thought I had a defective copy. Isn't it missing a final chapter? Shouldn't there be some sort of resolution between Fleur and Richard, Fleur and Zara, Zara and her biological father?

I've liked Wickham/Kinsella's other works, this one just fell flat for me.

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