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The Trap

(The Butlers #1)

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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,658 ratings  ·  122 reviews
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.

Brotherly love

But Vinny seems to hav
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Published January 31st 2013 by Harper
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Mo
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know when you read a book or a series and the main character is horrible but you have hopes that he will turn the tables and have some redeeming features. Honestly, I cannot see how Ms Chambers can turn the tide for Vinny Butler. He is horrible. I fucking hated him. He is manipulative, violent, out for himself ... I did not like him one little bit. As they might say in the East End, he's a proper pig's bollocks!


Queenie and Vivian are sisters. Queenie rules the Butler Empire ... well at least
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♥Sharon♥
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well that was quite the ride on the Butler crazy train I’ll tell ya. And I have jumped back on for book #2!

As I was muddling through the first chapter of The Trap, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but seeing as I was having a lot of “firsts” with this one I kept an open mind and it surely paid off.

It was set back in the 60’s & 70’s….loved the lyrical threads, the writing, the humor and the grit.

This was my first book by Kimberly Chambers, my first gangster book, my first London’s East End
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Karen
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS


OMFG! What rollercoaster ride that was!!! I must try to recoup my wits before I can write any kind of coherent review... I am fucking speechless. What a fantastic TV series this would make!!! There should be a warning though. Highly addictive, and prone to cause heavy substance abuse and moderate insanity... oh and definitely NOT for the weak-bladdered!
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
5 FuCk ThE BuTLErS StArS

To say that Ms Chambers gave it to me LOCK StOcK & TwO SmOkInG BaRReLs is a understatement.......what a blinding start to this series.


ViNNy BuTLeR

What a horrible bastard, cold mean callous bastard.....but what a great character Ms Chambers created.....hated HIM....really, really HATED him.

Yep he was a real.......




The Butlers....set in the heart of London's East End.......it tells the trials and tribulations of the  Butler Family.

Queenie Butler ruled the roost, and
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Jan
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan by: Elaine
****4.5 Stars****
Elaine
5 crazy gripping stars

Love this series so much doing a re-read........2016

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Every now and again I love going back to my roots when it comes to a good old English East End gangster story. And finding this gem by Kimberley Chambers certainly hit all the right spots...

And why?

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I've just met the Butler family
The apple of his mother Queenie's eye is Vinny the oldest of the brothers, suave, good looking and loves being told he looks like he has a touch of Italian and Irish in him, he has the looks an
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Sarah
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Seventeenth read of my holiday reads.

Omg! I can't believe I have left it so long before reading this authors books.

The Trap is a dark and tense read that was an absolute emotional roller coaster of a read. By the end I was crying bucket loads as I was so invested in the characters and what was going on in their lives. I know the Butlers are probably not a family you would ever want to get involved with but boy did I love them.

Fantastically gripping read and can't wait to read the follow up.
Book Addict Shaun
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The best book I will read this year. 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 a ...more
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***** 5 "BUTLER" Stars *****

Love them, hate them, crave them, despise them.....whichever feeling you prefer, you will FEEL every emotion possible reading about the Butler's.

They will slice and dice you up. So hang on tight.....the Butler Crazy Train has taken off!

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The Butler's is a family you don't want to cross so you MUST read their story to completely understand why.

My review doesn't stand a chance of making any sense since this book covers each member of the family's point of view over s
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Christine
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can you hate a family so much in a book? Meet the Butlers oh boy what a family.
Queenie and Vivian sisters. The name says it all for Queenie she really does think she's royalty. Four children Vinny, Roy, Michael and Brenda. Vivians son Lenny not all their but a lovely character.
Vinny the eldest son is manipulative, self centred and Evil through to the bone. I can't think of enough words at the moment to describe how I feel about him I hate him that much.
Lots of great characters in this famil
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Best Crime Books & More
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
mizlanah
Feb 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-reads, enda-abis
DNF at 3%.

I just can't deal with slow-paced and constant switching POVs. I can't follow.
Lainy
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Time Taken To Read - 3 days

Blurb From Goodreads

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.

Brotherly love

But Vinny seems to have crossed the wrong person and his cards are marked. And with the brothers jo
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Vickie
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Don't fall into The Trap
Apart from purchasing books by my favourite authors, all books by unknown authors are bought based on other readers' reviews. 95% of the time it's a good benchmark, but sadly in this instance I felt cheated. I suppose the only consolation is that I downloaded Part 1 of this book (chapters 1-11) for free off Amazon. Unfortunately, I've lost something more precious than cash, and that is my time.
Anyway, the story starts with the introduction of several characters, plots, s
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Catherine
Can't do it any more. Don't trust my friends who read this tripe. Don't like it, moving on.
Janet Rainey
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do not normally read this genre and had never heard of this author before.

Vinny Butler is evil personified, he does not have one single redeeming quality, it is fascinating yet very troubling to discover how his mind works and the motivations he has. He is a total control freak, what he can't control he manipulates to suit his needs. I have never read a darker character. His family are a strange mixture of characters, each one dealing with loyalty
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Linda
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner for sure. Looking forward to the follow up, but didn't realise till I saw it on Goodreads that there are more books to this series and to be read in order, otherwise you lose the storyline. I would like to see it actually on the books themselves what number of order they are in the series. Nothing more annoying than buying a book then finding out that it is not the first one in the series, which I have done many a time, so I was lucky this time.
Alan Bennett
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I came across this saga when I received Payback, book 2 in the series as a free gift, obviously I had to buy The Trap to find out how the story began. And what a rollercoaster of a read it was. The Butler brothers are gangsters in the east end of London and at times I felt compassion for Roy and Michael but Vinny is one person that you just detest from the word go. Without giving the story away, if you thought of reading this series by Kimberly Chambers, get on it! I'm heading off to start book ...more
Laura
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
I am so dissapointed by this ending. The story is so well written adn the story line is so strong and enthralling and then the ending frustrated me to no end! There is NO ENDING! This is the first part of a series, which sint clearly labelled on the front of the book.

I shant buy the next in the series, not because i don't think it will be any good, but because i am outraged that a thriller would be a two parter and leave the ending so open.
Jodie
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love love these books and Kimberley's books always leave me needing more.
Redfred
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two star is probably a bit harsh but although the story was OK I struggled with the style of writing.
I'm sure others will rate it higher but it wasn't for me.
Lynsey Farmer
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was really good could not put the book down and read it every chance I could Will read Kimberley chambers other books
Carolyn  Storer
Good start to the series. Onto book 2.
Sooz (P.Turners Book Blog)
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
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Barbra
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Donald and Mary Walker leave their home in Stoke Newington to fulful their lifelong ambition of owning their own cafe. they feel it can only be a postitive move for their beloved children, Nancy and Christopher. But Mary and Donald have failed to take into consideration the perils of moving to a place as notorious as Whitechapel. The Butlers are not a clan to be messed with. Run by stout matriach, Queenie and feared in the East End, Queenie's eldest, Vinny is a known psychopath, who will le ...more
Paul Bolton
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murderous Vinny Butler is the head of the End London gangster family and he will stop at nothing to enact revenge on those who cause his family pain and left them to die. Family is the root of this book and it just shows that if you want to bring somebody to their knees, strike at the heart of the family - job done. In the mix of this is the Walker family - Donald and Mary with their two kids, Nancy and Christopher. This is a family unit who could not be more different to the Bulter’s. They have ...more
Jennifer
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Hard hitting & Addictive

The East end is virtually run by the Butler family who see themselves as gangsters the eldest Vinny is the worst of them all. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants especially when he is hell bent on taking revenge. He has a soft spot and that's his Mum Queenie, he dotes on her. I found most of the characters despicable but it didn't put me off reading it. The way this book ended you just know the story has not ended, I am about to read "Payback" I hope Vinny of
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Sharon Rimmelzwaan
the Butlers are the family to avoid! Kimberley Chambers, in my opinion cannot write a bad book and this book just cements my opinion! A gangland crime thriller set in London with the Butler family at the top of the table running it all has everything you need in a book! I love to hate some of the Butlers and hate to love the others. If you are a Martina Cole or Mandasue Heller fan and have never tried Kimberleys books, pick one up, you will never look back, before you know it you will be as addi ...more
Kim Phipps
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't think I was going to enjoy this novel as I found the writing style very formal and a bit irritating at times. However, the more I read of the story, the more involved I got in it.

I found a lot of the main characters annoying but definitely found some of them endearing despite my better instincts.

I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
Jane Long
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another corker. I felt as if I had already read this, but I hadn't. Just love reading Kimberley Chambers. They are so engrossing, and I am hooked from page one. Can't wait for another of hers. She is definitely up there as one of my favourite authors.
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“I wish I could be eleven all over again, sweetheart, and know what I know now. I certainly wouldn’t make the same bleedin’ mistakes again,” 0 likes
“Albie’s the dad. He’s a piss-head, a proper waster. The mother is the brains of the family. Hard-looking old cow called Queenie. Her sister is Vivvy, she has a mongol son, and Queenie’s kids are Vinny, who is the worst out the bunch, Roy, Michael, and young Brenda.” 0 likes
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