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Review: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham/Sophie Kinsella

Summary from Goodreads:

Fleur is beautiful but lazy and, at forty, spends her life looking for rich men who can provide her and her teenage daughter with a glamorous and effortless existence. A daily trawl through the court pages of The Times provides her with an unusual but fertile search area – the funerals and memorial services of the great and good, where gatecrashers are so much less noticeable than they would be at a wedding or a christening.

It is at one of these sad but oddly festive occasions that she meets Richard, dull but well-off, whose mousey wife has died after a lifetime of enjoyable ill-health.

Before long Fleur has become an integral part of Richard’s life, offending his friends, interfering in his leisure pursuits (golf bores her, so why should he spend so much time on it and stirring up his grown-up children to behave badly.


What I Liked:

Writing Style. I’m not surprised that I really enjoyed the writing style because I’m a fan of Kinsella’s new work. I tend to enjoy her humor but this time around I liked her ability to build suspense and character relationships.

Plot/Atmosphere. I found the plot and the concept of the novel intriguing and had a hard time putting it down. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick up this novel and I will be checking out all of Madeleine Wickham aka. Sophie Kinsella’s old novels. I loved that this was a lot darker novel and atmosphere than I’m used to from this author.

What I Disliked:

Ending. I found the plot interesting and it kept me reading until the last page. However, I did find the ending anti-climatic. I felt that some of the storylines were left open and I would have liked more from the ending.

Main Character. Fleur was well-written but also hard to like. I was happy that Wickham/Kinsella included various other characters to balance out Fleur.

I recommend checking out this well-written and intriguing book by one of my favorite authors.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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