and even herself. With each terrifying revelation, she must come to terms with the fact that those she thought she knew aren't who they seem, and someone trusted very close to her wants her gone. Will she beat them at their own game or die trying?
Fusing nail-biting suspense with potent storytelling, THE PAPER YEAR will keep you on the edge of your seat with an unforgettable cast of characters who are compelled to do the unthinkable to survive.
Pretty Little Book Review
Release Date: March 16, 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
I picked up this book on a whim today because I was looking for something different to to fade into that wasn't a romance. So it definitely checked off this mark for me. I also read it in just a few hours because it is a very quick and fast paced read. Here on goodreads it says the kindle edition is a little over 400 pages but I think this is wrong, it's more of a novella length. With that, The Paper Year is a decent thriller although I really wished that there was a lot more build up and suspense. The heroine of the story didn't seem very affected as to what was going on in her life- her emotions and actions didn't ring true for someone who was being framed for her own suicide. Perhaps if the book was a little longer and dove deeper into the kind of emotional turmoil this would truly have on an individual I would have liked it better. Unfortunately, it was missing this and as a readers I really needed it in order to feel any kind of connection with the characters.
I also want to mention that this book, like many others in the genre, states that it is a "psychological thriller with an ending you'll never see coming". This is simply NOT true either. The ending actually ended in a pretty nice epilogue. Sure, I didn't expect the "killer" to be who it was, but again, there was nothing superb or sinister in terms of how it all ended. Now, I can see why publishers would want to market their books like this because it's what draws readers in, but why make it seem like it's something when it truly isn't? I believe it is unfair to the readers and the author because it can effect ratings...
Other than this, this is a good novel although lacking in some departments. I do love this cover (which is half the reason I picked up the book in the first place) and have enjoyed some of the authors previous novels (which are erotic romance rather than thrillers). Would I pick up the next book in the series? I might. But I would really need to see a bit more emotion and "realness" in terms of the characters and plot.