Penalties by Stephen Leather

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Book Description:

Premier League footballer Gabe Savage is on the way to one of the most important matches of his life when he gets a phone call from his wife.

She has been kidnapped along with their young son. And the message from her captors is brutal: ‘If your team wins, your family dies.’

With the kick-off only hours away, there is only one person Gabe can turn to – his brother Ray, a vicious London gangster. But a dark family secret means that he hasn’t spoken to Ray for years. Can Ray help? And will he?

My Thoughts:

Gabe is a high profile footballer. He is coming towards the end of his career and is determined to set a new record even though it could cause damage to himself. Laura, his wife, as well as a doctor, is worried sick about him but knows how much it means to him and agrees to let him play in another match.

I loved that Laura wasn’t some ‘wag’ and had her own identity. You can tell how much of a secure and loving family unit that she, Gabe and their son have, so when Laura and Ollie are kidnapped, you very much feel the fear that Gabe feels.

I have to admit I am not a big sport fan at all and tend to find it somewhat boring. There is nothing boring about this football match though. This is a match that could cost Gabe his family and literally every second counts.

The story flicks between Gabe and his brother Ray. On one hand we have Gabe who is going out of his mind with worry, not only about his family but also to how he is going to make sure his team loses. Then on the other hand we have Ray who is racing against time to find Laura and Ollie and bring them back safe and well. It certainly makes for an edge of your seat read.

Mainly set over the course of the football match, Penalties is an exhilarating and tense read. It is jam packed full of action, on and off the pitch. Certainly had me holding my breath at times wondering if Ray was going to save the day and what the final score was going to be.

Loved it!

My thanks to Netgalley and Lawsome Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Penalties is out on the 31st of October and available to purchase from Amazon.

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