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Kimberley Chambers
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14 Feb 2013

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 and although Queenie knows they can play dirty, when it comes to family they look after business and make her proud. Nothing and no one can bring the Butler’s 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?

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007435037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007435036
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Kimberley Chambers:

‘Easily as good as Martina Cole’ News of the World

‘Brilliantly delivers a story of violence, treachery and family ties… Easy to read and hard to put down’ News of the World

‘[a] faced-paced tale with gritty authenticity’ The Guardian

About the Author

Kimberley Chambers lives in Romford and has been, at various times, a disc jockey and a street trader. She is now a full-time writer and is the author of seven previous novels.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I will read this year 21 Feb 2013
By BookAddictShaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I first discovered Kimberley Chambers last year when I read The Feud, the first in a trilogy. I then read the following two books over the course of a week finishing the last book at 6 in the morning as I couldn't go to sleep until I had reached the end. I have read her other books and I really enjoyed them however the trilogy was just fantastic. The Schemer was the next book Kimberley wrote after completing the trilogy and after the move to a new publisher and whilst that book was fantastic I thought the trilogy was still her best work. Then last week I was introduced to the Butlers, and that all changed. I could easily have read this book in one sitting however I have dragged it out over the last week and I have to say I think that made me enjoy it more because it's like when you watch a TV show which ends on a cliffhanger, if you watch all the episodes at once there's none of the excitement of waiting for the next one.

The families created in the Mitchell and O'Hara trilogy were fantastic however the Butlers were something else. Before the release of the book Kimberley's publisher created videos and teasers which were then posted on her Facebook fan page, this was actually such a great idea and really made fans want the book even more. It also meant that we felt like we knew the characters before starting the book. Kimberley has created such a fantastic cast of characters here all of whom felt incredibly realistic and believable. Queenie and Vivian were just amazing, two typical East End women, hard as nails and not a pair you would want to mess with. Vinny and Roy are the two eldest brothers running a club and dabbling in crime. Vinny was an absolutely evil character and the best character in the book. He is such a complex character who I really enjoyed reading about.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again ! 28 Feb 2013
By Mrs B
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Due to various family illnesses, I wasn't able to start this book until today - because I knew that if The Trap was even half as gripping as the other books by Miss Chambers, I'd have to read it in one go.

Half as gripping? Twice as gripping! To begin with, I thought this might be "more of the same", but after about 3 chapters, I realised that it was going to be another late night, because I HAD to finish it. I remember listening to a radio programme where the authors who were interviewed all said you had to have a "hook" on the first page, so that your readers would feel compelled to carry on reading. I am just one of the many fish who was caught hook, line and sinkler, and then reeled in!

As someone who grew up in the post war in the East End, I can identify with many of the landmarks that are mentioned, and many of the characters reminded me of neighbours from the old days. I have to visualise the characters quickly, and Vinny immediately entered my imagination as Martin Kemp, about 20 years ago, while Queenie and her sister were slightly taller versions of Barbara Windsor!

Kimberley Chambers books are like a multi coloured jumper, with different strands of wool knitted together to form a fascinating pattern. There are numerous families whose paths cross and interweave before coming together - with startling and thrilling results. That's why I prefer to read her books in one go, because having sorted out the various relationships in my head, I can keep them there - though I always read the book twice, at least!

The Trap is a wonderful, original and gripping story, and, like others, I am bloody angry at the thought of having to wait a year for the next instalment. Once again, Kimberley Chambers has proved that she's not a one-trick pony, but the winner of the Grand National!

Carry On Kimberley!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Kimberley Chambers' books just keep get better and better. This is a must for anyone who likes suspense, action and a rollercoaster ride of a reading experience. Can't wait for the next book ...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Kim Chambers....she's a LEGEND! 14 Feb 2013
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
In KC's latest book we get to meet the wonderfully nutty family The Butlers. Having read all of Chambers books you get to the stage where you wonder what she is going to come up with next. Thankfully she still has a head full of ideas and crazy characters that had me both laughing and gasping in shock at the same time. Vinny and Roy Butler are the apple of their Mum Queenie's eye. They can do no wrong, even if they do operate outside the law. IN the early part of the book we get introduced to a lot of characters. At first I felt like I couldn't keep up as there were so many, but luckily I got to grips with everybody well before the first quarter of the book. By the second half of the book I could see why Kim had created so many characters as it makes for a very interesting read!!!

There are also numerous characters that add another layer to the story which stretches over the following months and years. Vinny, Roy and their younger brother Michael are quite different. As their younger brother Michael starts to make more of an appearance as the story progresses I realised that he was one of my favourites. This book has so many plot threads going on but it's easy to keep up as you become engrossed with the different families involved in different elements of the story. It's actually pretty hard to review parts of the story as it could be a major plot spoiler. The main element to this story is Vinny Butlers dangerous personality. He's a man that's used to getting his own way, and when he starts to make bad decisions, it's his own family that he ends up putting in danger.

By the halfway mark I knew it was pointless putting the book down, so finished the last part in one sitting. At the end of the book I was bloody fuming.
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