THE TRAP (The Butlers #1) by Kimberley Chambers
1st February 2013, Harper Collins UK
The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.
The Butlers are the kings of the East End
Vinny and Roy Butler are the apple of their mum’s eye. Queenie knows they can play dirty, but when it comes to family they look after business and make her proud. Nothing and no one can bring them down.
But Vinny seems to have crossed the wrong person and his cards are marked. And with the brothers joined at the hip, Roy may just be in the firing line too…
One bloody night sets Vinny on the path of desperate vengeance, but will the Butlers emerge stronger than ever, or is the East End code of honour as good as dead?
Funny story – a year or so ago, I purchased a book called THE WRONGED. Loved the blurb for it and after my stint of reading the Kaz Phelps series by Susan Wilkins, I was ready for more gritty East End London gangland crime fiction. The horror when I went onto Goodreads to find out THE WRONGED is the THIRD book in a series featuring the Butler family.
On my shelf that booked lived until I finally pulled my finger out and purchased the first book in this series; THE TRAP. I had a sneaky suspiction that I was going to love this book from the get go. After my recent Martina Cole binge and reading about the Krays – I was ready for this book!
Vinny Butler is one of those characters we love to hate. He is Freddie Jackson. He is Aidan O’Hara and every other East End bad man that we read about in this genre. Vinny is cold, heartless, selfish, arrogant, dangerous…a real arsehole. But I couldn’t help but love his character as well! His unpredictable nature makes for an exciting read! Assuming the position as the man of the family, looking after an ever growing brood whilst becoming a force to be reckoned with, not too dissimilar with the Kray Twins (which interestingly, this book is set in the same time).
Short chapters and paragraphs and ever changing character perspectives keep the pace moving along for me that kept me engaged in all of the drama and the characters themselves. Each character for me was written perfectly. It could be easy to lose your way with how many to remember, but this is where Kim’s writing stands out.
This is my first Kimberley Chambers read and after devouring THE TRAP, I now need to get my hands on PAYBACK as soon as humanly possible!