Book review: Tainted Love (Kimberley Chambers)

Eeeek… My first go at doing a book review and I’ve chosen: Tainted Love by Kimberley Chambers, here goes…

Disclaimer: What I look for in a book is entertainment. It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to be commenting on the merit of the figurative language used or the grammatical accuracy of the text. I want to ‘escape’, to be immersed (temporarily) into a different world, I want to care about each character and believe in them. I honestly don’t care about supposed literary genius: I just want to get to the end and say I bloody loved that!!

Anyway, back to Tainted Love… I’ve started in a bit of a strange place to begin writing book reviews as it’s book 4 in a series, but it’s the first book I’ve managed to actually read and finish in the last 8 months (since little man came into my life) so it’s quite a milestone for me.

Even more strangely, I managed to read book 2 in the series without realising I’d missed out on book 1 until afterward… (ooops! Can’t even blame baby brain for that one!) However, that fact didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story; I thoroughly enjoyed it which is why I was super excited to get my hands on Tainted Love and see what lay in store for the characters I’d got to know so well.

This series of books follows the highs, lows, trials and tribulations in the lives of the Butler family. Every generation has their own story to tell: from head of the family, Queenie, who wishes everything would go back to the ‘good old days’; to Vinny and Micheal, her sons, brothers bound by blood, torn apart by secrets, lies and jealousy; then there’s Little Vinny, who’s desperately trying to run from the demons of his past (spoiler alert from book 2!) which continue to haunt him on a daily basis. Following this East end family as they navigate themselves through a complex web of relationships, both within the family and with those around them, is a thrilling ride with many unexpected twists and turns, a whole heap of Tainted Love, as well as the return of many a ghost from all their pasts.

Unfortunately, for Michael and Vinny’s ever growing brood, it seems that ‘the sins of the fathers (and mothers) certainly are to be laid upon the children’. Each generation seems to fall victim to the one before. Whether you dislike them (sinister, perverse Vinny), or take them to your heart (sweet aunt Vivian and downtrodden Albi), I’ve enjoyed seeing all the characters lives evolve.

Each character makes you root for them (or against them); I’ve been frustrated when they’re misunderstood and been conflicted about what they truly deserve. One thing I’m certain about is that Kimberley Chambers has the ability to draw you into their gritty world, making you an invested part of this family.

Although I’m completely satisfied with this books ending, nothing is left unanswered/unresolved, there’s so much potential bursting out for a book 5 and I just can’t wait to see where the future takes them…

Rating: Excellent – I bloody loved it!  ?????

UPDATE!! Book 5 in the series,  Backstabber by Kimberley Chambers, is out now!!

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2 thoughts on “Book review: Tainted Love (Kimberley Chambers)”

  1. I love a good book recommendation and whilst it takes me longer to finish a book these days I still enjoy reading every night. It’s great when a book has a great ending, but leaves you wanting more! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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