Review: The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

Title: The Paper Swan
Author: Leylah Attar

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Romantic 
Pitch73 Publishing
Pub Date: August 4, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...
Loyalty ~ Revenge ~ Origami

"Intense, gritty, and full of heart." 

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. They lie. For 21 days she held on. But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death. Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.
A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense. 

The beginning of the book did grab me.  I was so curious as to what was going to happen.  I was reading as fast as I could.  However, it did start to slow down and I was beginning to think, is this a romance book or just a thriller?  

I had a love/hate relationship with the main characters.  They had very likable characteristics and very unlikable ones.  I really fell in love with some of the other characters as well, but wanted to kill some of the others. 
“If you close your eyes and think about someone you love, what comes back is not a precise list of hair color, eye color, or the things that go on their driver’s license.  Rather, it’s the bits and pieces that seep through your consciousness, the things about them that you never realized you were storing away.” 
I would like to say how beautifully written this book was; this author definitely has a way with words.  This was a thriller/romantic suspense novel for sure, however, we didn’t really see the romance side until about 66-70%.  The story was separated into sections told by Skye (1st person) and then switched to Damian (3rd person).  This was confusing to me which lead to the 4 stars.  You read about the series of events that take place before, during, and after Skye is abducted.  The relationship between these characters was really defined by a quote in the book, which I really loved.  
“We are a question that hasn’t been answered yet, a hiding place that hasn’t been found yet, a battle that hasn’t been fought yet.” 
The ending made this book for me; everything was tied together wonderfully.  It was a long ride to get there but I really do love a HEA.  

I would recommend this book to friends that liked this type of genre.  It was somewhat violent and that isn’t for everyone.  This author is very talented and I will be reading more from her in the future. 

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