***Happy Publication Day ***
February 11th 2016
Nobody can hurt you like the ones you love…
Tainted Love starts, with a prologue, in the Autumn 2001, but very quickly moves back in time to the Spring of 1986, when Vinny and Michael Butler were very much in control of the mean, and it must be said, moody streets of the East End of London. Family history runs deep, and there is much antagonism between the various factions who make up the hangers on, and associates, of this violent, and often vicious, brotherly duo. So dangerous is the world in which the Butler’s live, that there is never any sign of a companionable softening between them, there is certainly no love lost, and there is never any condemnation that ever goes unnoticed. Tempers fare and spill over, old resentments are allowed to fester and bitterness flourishes in the dark corners of their shady world.
As always, the skill of the writing draws you in with realistic fervour. There is much to take in, both in terms of deadly domestic undercurrents, and also of the dark and poisonous secrets which start to unfold, and you soon start to realise that, deep down, it’s not going to end well. Truthfully, I really can’t say much more about Tainted Love without spoiling the whole story, but suffice it to say that for those readers who have followed this series from the beginning, there is no doubt that this fourth book will have you on the edge of your seat.
For anyone new to this series, this really is NOT the book to start with, as you need to truly understand the complicated Butler family dynamics in order to comprehend the depth of animosity that continually gnaws away at the central characters. However, if you like your gangster crime to have a frighteningly realistic edge, then I highly recommend this series, but please start at the beginning in order to enjoy the journey.
Best read with …Eggs Benedict and copious amounts of decent champagne…
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Tainted Love is published on the 11 February in hardback and ebook
My thanks to Felicity Denham at Harper Collins for my review copy of this book.