The Paper Swan

  • by Leylah Attar
  • Narrated by Shirl Rae, Zachary Webber
  • 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They say that 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 realized that her only way out meant certain death for one of the two men she loved.
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.


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Right from the first few dramatic words this book grabbed me.... a vicious kidnapping that was to have ended in a violent revenge killing but the heartfelt words of the terrified woman's prayers changed everything. There were layers and layers to this very well written intense story as the suspense, revelations, shocks and twists just kept coming and, just when you think you've got things figured out, BAM and WOW another heartbreaking truth will be revealed. When the pampered Princess was captured by the badass Bandido.

Just children yet best friends from opposite lifestyles they're ruthlessly pulled apart and for one the life of luxury will continue but for the other their meagre but happy life will become a lonely, terrifying, violent, bloody, dangerous and criminal world that they will have to painfully endure. All the time praying for salvation but no miracle will come to save the day so all that's left is hatred and to plan for revenge..... revenge that wasn't sweet but brutal and will ultimately destroy and rob them both of the chance of a happy future. And for years the heartbreak, loss and pain is debilitating as they are haunted by their beautiful memories, their actions and what could have and should have been but there's a saying that "time is a great healer" and, as the years passed them by, the saying just might be right.

Gripping, raw, intense, violent, passionate, heartbreaking and beautiful - edge of your seat chilling suspense, secrets, lies, rage, twist after twist, fight for your life scenes, shocking scenes, sizzling chemistry, broken defences, sex, intrigue, blood, death, danger in many forms with every chapter holding high octane action and revelations and, as the hours flew by, I was immersed and riveted to every word. The character growth was immense, the story was a heartbreaking roller coaster, the steps to forgiveness and redemption was slow but in the end happiness was eventually achieved because love conquered all. Blocks of the hero or heroine's POV or back-story.

Worth a credit? An intensely thrilling, chilling and emotional journey of two souls that were savagely torn apart, fiercely reshaped then welded back together again in the fires of Hell to emerge stronger, wiser and brand new ready for a fresh new beginning. Coupled with an awesome plot that detailed each chapter so you could easily visualize every scene there was the brilliant narration that brought the characters to life, changed words into emotionally stark scenes and turned a good book into a great listen. So, YES a credit that I'm happy to have spent in exchange for an epic listen.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

A COMPLETE experience of every emotion.

If you could sum up The Paper Swan in three words, what would they be?


What did you like best about this story?

This books goes back and forth between the POVs of the two main characters and also over time (about 20 years). I usually hate when the story jumps around like this, but Leylah Attar does this quite seamlessly expertly invoking suspense and filling in the holes in the story that come from seeing it from another POV.

What about Shirl Rae and Zachary Webber ’s performance did you like?

I am a Zachary Webber FAN. His performances are always top notch. I have also listened to several books narrated by Shirl Rae. I like her male voices. Sometimes her cadence bothers me a bit but otherwise she is very good. Both Zachary and Shirl did a great job with the pronunciation of Spanish words and phrases interspersed throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

This book delivered raw, intense emotion. I cried. I cringed. I hated. I loved. The romance was bittersweet but was also sexy. It delivered. The majority of this book is set in Mexico and drug cartel activity is a major plot line of this book. The violence was copious and graphic (fair warning for squeamish listeners). HOWEVER, underneath that seedy underbelly lies a beautiful love story. This is one of my favourite books of 2015.

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- Laura "I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio