The Trouble Boys review by E.R. Fallon
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the Trouble Boys by E.R. Fallon and I have decided to write my first book review post about it although I have mentioned some book related favourites in earlier favourites posts. I don’t get as much time to read books as I used to (I always have a lot of extra reading for my A level subjects) so I cherish opportunities to read a good book!
Firstly, although this doesn’t add to the story itself but I want to mention it anyway is that I love the artwork on the front and back covers of the book, it gives a subtle insight into the book and is very effective. I also love the use of imagery in the background of the pages of the book itself. It makes the book more unique and I think it is a nice touch. You can tell lots of effort went into all creative processes relating to the book.
The book is also easy to read which I appreciate as sometimes it is nice to have a break from the murder mysteries I am so fond of. I have enjoyed reading it in the evenings and have become very engrossed in the storyline! The story revolves around Colin and his family who move to New York in the late 1930’s. I love the era that is chosen for this book because I feel like the pre- world war one era can be largely glamourised in history, avoiding the reality of everyday life for working class people.
The book documents their personal struggles relating to the possible mental illness of Colin’s mother and financial struggles too which sadly leads to the suicide of Colin’s father Michael. I really enjoyed the character development in the book, Colin has to grow a lot as a person after his father’s death, he even decides to leave school. He begins to find work in various industries eventually settling on illegally selling cigarettes to various people around his area with a 5% commission.
Colin settles with a gang run by Tom McPahlen, a ruthless man who seems to have a soft spot for Colin. He tests Chris loyalties in a number of ways. However, after the death of his Tom’s son Erol Colin finds his loyalties swaying to a rival gang who offer him more power and money, an alluring offer to a gangster.
He also finds his young, sophisticated daughter Catherine charming and irresistible. Colin falls in and out of love a number of times leading to his marriage to Sheila, they also have a child Camille. He is a character who truly values family after the death of his father at a young age and losing his family when they moved out of the states whilst he was in prison.
The book has a very sad ending filled with pathos. Colin seems to have the life he has always wanted but the want for a promotion and an even better life leads him to his downfall in California on the orders of his boss at the Sean. This book shows you how precious life is, you have to make sure to make the most of your time with friends and loved ones. As well as emphasising how difficult life was for the lower classes especially immigrant families around the 1950’s.
I hope you enjoyed reading this book review, let me know if you would like to read any more similar posts.