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The Gatecrasher

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  22,780 ratings  ·  1,045 reviews
Everything's coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats... if that's humanly possible. Beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. But behind Fleur's Harvey Nichols wardrobe, is a woman with a mysterious past. 

Fleur wastes no time in seducing her lat
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published April 1998)
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Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011
Sophie Kinsella brings more charm, more wit, more depth and more laughs to her stories. Everything that Madeleine Wickham seems to lack.

This is my fourth Wickham book and what a stupid book! What a distasteful protagonist! I honestly don't think I could've disliked a character more than Fleur.

I started this book with the hopes that it would be an interesting read - albeit light. The premise of this book, the plot, seemed very interesting, original even. A lady who crashes funerals in search for
Karina Hernandez
what an awful ending to a mediocre book with the most annoying characters
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of chick lit
Published: 10/07/2007
Author: Madeleine Wickham

This book was light hearted, fun, sweet and had a little bit of mystery in it. Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella) doesn't disappoint with this book. In my opinion it is one of the best written by Sophie Kinsella. The was the first one of the Madeleine Wickham books that I read as soon as I finsihed it I purchased the rest of the books and couldn't wait to read them. It is a must read for anyone who loves Sophie Kinsella books and anyone who loves ro
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I was very pleased to find out that Madeleine Wickham was Sophie Kinsella, as I loved her books. What pleased me even more was that Madeleine Wickham takes a darker, deeper look into her characters than her Sophie Kinsella books offer. There is hilarious comedy, but there is also deep sorrow within this book.
Fleur Daxeny picks up rich men at their wife's funeral. She finds Richard Favour, and the story takes off from there. What could be a light-hearted and shallow story is actually quite deep,
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
I picked this up so that I could have a "fluffy book" to read over the holidays, one that I could just pick up and read without doing much thinking. It fit the bill.
However I found it was very slow -- at one point, I picked it up and was surprised to find that I was half-way through, despite the plot not having picked up much at all. I think the author was trying to do too many things at once, lay down too much character development and subplots -- and not very succinctly, frankly! -- and didn't
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was a pretty good story about a professional gold-digger who dupes wealthy widowers into falling in love with her before absconding with all the cash and gifts she can convince them to part with. The story rolled along quickly and kept me interested, but it was the characters I really liked. There was a really good mix of nice people and arseholes. I haven’t read much of Sophie kinsellas work, but I might have to dig out some more books by her.
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
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. But, when she meets Richard Favour things start to change. She finds herself feeling comfortable and fitting in with his family. When her daughter comes to visit and fits in too Fleur realizes she is going to have some decisions to make. But is Fleur ready to give up the high life and to sett ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I like them, I'm not the biggest fan of the Shopaholic series. But I always really love Kinsella's other work. This is the first of her's I've read where she was writing as Madeleine Wickham and I hope it's not the last.

When I started reading this I knew I was going to love it but I figured as it was chick-lit, it would be pretty predictable. I was wrong. This book actually surprised me. I thought I had the story all figured out and then BOOM, Zara shows up.

I was also really shocked
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: guiltypleasures
True rating would be 1.5 stars--somewhere between "didn't like it" and "it was OK." When Madeleine Wickham morphed into Sophie Kinsella, apparently she acquired the ability to create characters with a few redeeming qualities to offset their character flaws (i.e., compulsive shopping).
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
i picked this up because i like sophie kinsella's books--so sue me. this was as fluffy as i expected (i read it while i was sick--perfect for passing the time without expending too much brainpower), but kind of a head scratcher.

the titular gatecrasher is fleur, a charming 40-year-old redhead who crashes funerals to win the hearts of wealthy male attendees. she wins their trust & then connives to take them for every penny she thinks she can get away with, generally through a bizarre scheme i didn
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, romantic
I really, really wanted to give this book 4 stars. If it weren't for the abrupt ending with the sooooo many loose ends which remain untied, I would have given this a much higher rating. The ending ruined EVERYTHING.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the fun, fluffy read. In fact, I was at times so absorbed by the storyline that I just couldn't put it down. Wickham gave all of her supporting characters good, solid and interesting backgrounds. Unfortunately, she failed to explore the full potential of
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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This story had a great potential. I was expecting light humour, romance and lots of personal development by the main character - Fleur. What I got was a very selfish, 40+ woman, with no heart and no respect for others. Her journey was very shallow and self centred. Her goal was to use as many man as possible for as long as possible to get us much money from them as possible. She was a gold digger without morals, who didn't know what love is, what friendship is and most of all what motherhood was ...more
Meet Fleur Daxeny. She's beautiful, charming, cunning, and more than a little ruthless. Emotionally scarred after becoming an orphan at the age of 16, she has decided on an unusual path to riches. No menial job or boring suburban housewife fate for her! Instead, she has perfected the art of "gatecrashing" ie. pretending to be a vague, long-ago friend of rich deceased women so that she can be a sympathetic ear/shoulder for the grieving husbands. One thing leads to another, and before long she is ...more
Heather W
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - got to around half way and still hated the main character. Skipped to the end and felt glad that I did not waste my time forcing myself to read it. Sorry I did not enjoy it as much as her other books
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2020
I quite liked this book. At first it sounded cheesy but never failed to entertain!
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't realize this book was from the late 90s. Oops. No biggie though. This is my first Wickham book, and I only just started reading Sophie Kinsella, so I saw it at Target and figured I'd give it a shot. The story seemed cute.

The only thing I really liked about it is was that it was in third person. And that's because I've been reading mostly first person lately, so it was nice to know what was going on in everyone's head. But that's about it.

The story was kind of disappointing.
I liked
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I absolutely LOVE Sophie Kinsella, so when I found out that that was just a pseudonym and that Madeleine Wickham had written other books, I was thrilled! I was so excited when I read the description of this book, I thought it would top most romantic comedy books I've read. It started off good, but I wasn't too drawn to Fleur, the main character. Throughout the book I kept willing it to get better, but it never did. It wasn't very funny, and it didn't really reflect on the characters pasts' much; ...more
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Madeleine Wickham, who is Sophie Kinsella's alter wonderfully wicked and delirious in her sophisticated writing. I loved the rather adult style of "The Gatecrasher" as the main character transforms her life over the course of a calm yet collected journey. At its heart, this story really weighs in on one woman's swinging back and forth between two ways of life. Ultimately, she certainly has a lot to lose if he follows her head and much to gain if she listens to the pure pitter-patter ...more
Hayley Noble
Aug 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am just going to put it out there, though I half heatedly enjoyed sleeping arrangements I do not like Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham.

Its not that the books are bad (though they are not good either) its just the characters are lacking any depth and the story was lazy and just sort of ends, no round up, no big build up. Nothing. It just ends, I was so shocked by this I actually checked I hadn't lost any pages. And it isnt just in the gatecrasher, I found the same in the other ones
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Have to be honest, I prefer Sophie Kinsella to Madeleine Wickham (yes, I know they are the same person). This book kept me entertained when I was stuck at the dentist's office however, I was at the dentist and waiting for a while so I think anything would have kept my attention. I think this book was ok, nothing amazing. Read Sophie Kinsella's books before you read Madeleine Wickham's books because Sophie's books are 100% better.
Hannah Polley
When I read the back of this book, it sounded like a bit of an overdone story – woman goes after rich men and cons them out of money each time. And to be fair, it was a very predictable story that felt like it had been done before. However, I did really enjoy it and it was interesting from start to finish.

Unfortunately, the ending was particularly clichéd as she falls in love with the man she’s trying to con and the characters were not particularly well rounded. Some things like Zara eating dis
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible, fantastic book -- but don't take my word for it, read it yourself. You will fall in love and in hate with these characters -- sometimes love/hate with the same character! It will keep you guessing and hoping till the very end. Just be prepared to feel so much for the characters you will not want to put it down but you will have to put it down to take a break because your emotions will be on a roller coaster. I loved the plot, you think you know where it's going but you rea ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Wickham books in and I'm beginning to understand the rebrand. This is darker than a typical Kinsella book, built more on irony and human nature, greed. The first half was slow. The second half was really good. The dynamics between the characters and the motivations behind them were intriguing. I enjoyed this, but I'm not going to shove it in everyone's faces like I do CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

And I'm still super excited for the next Wickham books that I just got my greedy little paws on!!!
Dani Scott
Oct 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
For me, this never got funny or light. Gatecrashing weddings feels fun and exciting, gatecrashing funerals-- feels really sad. Richard is sad, missing his wife, and feeling so guilty. Fleur is using widowers for money and leaving them when she's done. It was too icky to suspend disbelief, I just needed to stop reading.
Sarah Swann
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was cute! Nice fluffy contemporary. I really liked all of the characters and man, can she write a jerk - Lambert! He was terrible! But in a good way, it was good friction there. Really liked it. Actually kept me guessing a little bit, but in the end was able to predict the outcome.
Christi Exman
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I devoured this super fast and it's definitely got me interested in reading more Wickham. While I was trying very hard not to compare Wickham with Kinsella, I liked this side of dark Wickham better as compared to, say the Shopaholic series.
Patricia | patriciakreads
Nov 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: absolutely-not
1.5 stars because the story had some potential

Yeah, this really wasn't a good read. I hated Fleur and her characters. I'd maybe forgive her if she changed (at least a little, please!!) towards the end, but she got worse.

And the ending ... No. Just no.
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more

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