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. Please note: This is NOT a love triangle.

A full-length, standalone novel, intended for mature audiences due to violence, sex and language. Subject matter may be disturbing for some readers.
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An Excerpt from The Paper Swan

A distant whoomp-whoomp-whoomp mixed in with the music. I figured the song was transitioning into the next track, but the noise grew louder. It was coming from behind me now, close enough that I could recognize it. The whirring, sonic boom of helicopter blades.


I ran outside, barefoot in a t-shirt, knowing Damian had gone to get mangoes for me, like he did every morning. One helicopter was already on the ground, while a second was landing on the beach in a flurry of sand and grit. Armed men in camouflaged gear were everywhere, running towards the jungle.

“Miss? Miss Sedgewick?” One of the men pulled me back. “Are you all right?”

I tore free of him and ran towards the mangoes that were scattered in the shadows of the trees. They were covered in blood.

“Where is he?” I grabbed the man who was yelling something about getting me to safety. “Is he hurt? Take me to him!”

But he wouldn’t listen. He started dragging me back to one of the choppers. The sickening bratatat of machine guns came from the jungle. Another helicopter swept over us, scanning the ground below. A crackly voice issued rapid commands over the man’s radio device. The air was thick with the hunt for Damian—all these men tracking him down—but all I could see was the trail of blood that led from the mangoes.

Damian had been coming back to me when they’d ambushed him. I closed my eyes and lived the horror of it: a bullet ripping through him, mangoes rolling to the ground, his blood staining their spotted yellow-green skins; Damian picking himself up, stumbling into the trees for cover, while I poured myself a cup of coffee.

A cup of fucking coffee.

I knew exactly where to go. I knew where Damian was—holed up in the wooden shack, as they closed in on him, with nothing to protect himself, because I’d made him give up his gun.

Oh God. What I have done?

I broke free and ran into the trees, not caring about the bullets that were zinging past me and ricocheting off the trees in flying splinters of wood and bark.

“Hold your fire! Hold your fire!” someone screamed as I stormed into the shack. I knew they wouldn’t shoot as long as I was with Damian, as long as there was any chance I’d get caught in the crossfire.

I stood by the door, panting, as my eyes adjusted to the room.

He was propped up in the corner, like a trapped animal, gripping his thigh, his sweatpants soaked with blood.


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My Review

After reading the synopsis for this one I was intrigued to say the very least.  I’d hear friend and colleagues rave about Leylah’s writing and story telling and decided that I needed to grab this one and see what it was all about.  Well THANK HEAVEN I DID!  This book is unforgettable.  I finished it almost 3 weeks ago now and the details and the story are still vividly replaying in my mind.  Lately I’d been struggling with getting reads that really blew my mind.  When you read a lot, book tend to start to sound very similar at times.  It when the author make the book stand out that I situp and take notice and Leylah did exactly that!  She truly had a gift of telling a story and pushing boundaries…

Just the first chapter will blow you away and make you want to keep reading furiously! From the very beginning to the very end I was completely captivated by this story line.  Every twist I didn’t see coming hit harder than the previous one.  This story shows how the mistakes of one single man, can bring heartache, passion, deception, brutality, murder and above all, love.  At a very young age your are most impressionable, and when someone rips away your life, even if they don’t realize it, the one thing that you want most is revenge.  Revenge for every wrong brought onto you by the outcome of another persons actions.  But what happens when the revenge you seek will hurt someone you love.  Torn between right and wrong, love and revenge, these characters take a trip unlike any I have ever read.  This book was so different from what I thought it would be, and that is what made it so fantastic!

I’m so madly, passionately, in love with this story.  I don’t want to give away the details of it all because any detail would simply ruin it.  This is a book that you need to experience every word of for yourself.  If you love a book that twists your heart, makes you question why your ok with things you can’t imagine happening, and totally being turned inside out time and again… This book is for you!  I often say I never have time to re-read books anymore, but I guarantee you that this one will be added to that short list that I make time to re-read.  Yes it really was THAT GOOD!

5 Blow me away STARS for this read! This is a MUST MUST MUST read!!!! I loved every minute cover to cover!


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About Leylah Attar

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Leylah Attar writes stories about love - shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she's not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.