The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This story had interesting characters and a twisted plot that didn't pan out in the end. I found myself more interested in the sub-story of the kids than the main character story. I was very disappointed in the ending. It was unrealistic and too neatly wrapped. It had started out so good and original... and then meh. Just meh.
Summary: Fleur Daxeny is beautiful, unscrupulous, and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of The Times announcements page she gate-crashes the funerals of the wealthy, preying on rich vulnerable men. She charms her way into their lives and onto their platinum 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.
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