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A baby girl is stolen, and tightly woven webs of deception encase her and two families for eight traumatic years.

The stunningly beautiful and elegant Ashleigh Taylor gives birth to twin daughters while she's in Long Beach visiting her father figure, Charles Stuart, the founder of Bentley's Royale. Hours ...

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Overview

A baby girl is stolen, and tightly woven webs of deception encase her and two families for eight traumatic years.

The stunningly beautiful and elegant Ashleigh Taylor gives birth to twin daughters while she's in Long Beach visiting her father figure, Charles Stuart, the founder of Bentley's Royale. Hours later, a parent's worst nightmare occurs: Cassie is kidnapped. Twisted Webs unravels the mystery of the abduction of Callie's identical twin.

There is plenty going on to keep them turning pages all the way to the end.

With candor and sensitivity, Darlene Quinn probes the shock and despair, the anger and frustration of parents suddenly missing a child and the long-term effects on a family wrestling with these emotions.

Each of the novel's complementary storylines—Paige Toddman's reunion with her mother, Viviana De Mornay's secret, and others—ties to the redemptive theme of motherhood.

Suspense electrifies the pages of each short, fast-paced chapter.

Could Caroline Stuart have hired someone to kidnap the infant because of her deranged jealousy and desire for the Taylor family to suffer pain, as she does? Is the Jordon's department store executive a suspect because of personal grief? The abducted twin's father hires a deeply empathetic detective to answer those and many other questions that arise during her disappearance—at the close of which the author has crafted a knockout ending.

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What People Are Saying

Frank Gasper
“On first opening the pages of Darlene Quinn’s Webs series, readers may well feel that they are in for an engaging ‘all about’ novel—in Quinn’s case all about the glamorous, dangerous, byzantine, and ultimately exciting world of fashion and high-end retail—and those readers would be right. But wait! There’s more! Quinn develops her storylines and plot in a way that keeps the world engaging and the books charging forward. And don’t get complacent—nothing is what it seems and no character is without great secrets that will twist events and surprise the reader in breathtaking ways. There’s a great deal of fun and entertainment to be had in falling into these beguiling webs.”--(Frank Gaspar, author of Stealing Fatima and endowed chair/distinguished professor and writer in residence, University of Massachusetts)
Frank Gaspar
“On first opening the pages of Darlene Quinn’s Webs series, readers may well feel that they are in for an engaging ‘all about’ novel—in Quinn’s case all about the glamorous, dangerous, byzantine, and ultimately exciting world of fashion and high-end retail—and those readers would be right. But wait! There’s more! Quinn develops her storylines and plot in a way that keeps the world engaging and the books charging forward. And don’t get complacent—nothing is what it seems and no character is without great secrets that will twist events and surprise the reader in breathtaking ways. There’s a great deal of fun and entertainment to be had in falling into these beguiling webs.”--(Frank Gaspar, author of Stealing Fatima and endowed chair/distinguished professor and writer in residence, University of Massachusetts)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934572481
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 447
  • Sales rank: 1,413,394
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Darlene Quinn
As a former member of a nine-person management team for the Bullocks Wilshire Specialty Department Stores (West Coast Division of the former Federated Department Store conglomerate, which is now Macy’s Inc.), Darlene Quinn has an inside perspective on the rise and fall of major department stores. Her first novel in this series, Webs of Power, dealt with the corporate greed and raw human struggles in that world of retail. It was the winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Best Book Award for General Fiction. Darlene is currently working on the prequel, Irreversible Webs.

Her first published novel, Sizzling Cold Case, was a collaboration with and labor of love for her dear friend Buddy Ebsen. His work-in-progress was a Barnaby Jones novel, which at his widow’s request Darlene was thrilled to complete.

Darlene has two children, John and Jodie, six wonderful grandchildren, and happily lives with her husband and greatest supporter, Jack, a restorer of valuable art, in Long Beach, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Thought proving !

    A thought provoking story!
    Darlene Quinn successfully puts the readers into the minds of each of the characters in "Twisted Webs".
    A skillfully written ,compelling story about an identical twin taken from the hospital right under her mother's nose. I found myself muttering "Oh my God" every now and then. I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end. And in the end, we see what a small world we live in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Loved Twisted Webs, Hoping a Sequel is in the Works!

    I just finished Twisted Webs last night - and I'm having such a loss that it's over! I certainly hope the next book is in the works so I can follow the lives of Marnie and Cassie. I absolutely loved the way it ended - would never thought of that scenario - but knowing the strange twists and turns of real life and livingness, that certainly could have happened! I feel so much a part of the characters and want to keep following them!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

    Compelling twists of suspense

    Quinn's novel is an intense story of human frailties wrought by conspiracies in business takeovers, secret family intrigue and child abduction. Throughout, it offers twists of suspense and is a compelling page-turner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Twisted Webs. . .even more exciting than Webs of Power - Ms. Quinn gets better & better!

    Ms. Quinn's newest book, Twisted Webs, demands your attention from the first page and continues to deliver until the very end! Her characters are real and compelling with mounting empathy for both families in this highly charged drama! Ms. Quinn takes the unbearable kidnapping of a twin baby and shows a mother who never forgets this child, nor gives up hope of
    her safe return but who also remembers she is blessed to have her other twin daughter safe and healthy! A very good lesson in today's world!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2010

    Twisted Webs by Darlene Quinn

    "Twisted Webs" by Darlene Quinn lives up to its title as the suspense between two families ebbs and flows throughtout the book. The plot rivets the reader; the pace is fast, unpredictable and highly satisfying. Darlene's character development helps you feel like you are friends with her characters. The short chapters make it an easy read for the busy reader. Take a glass of iced tea along with the book outside to your favorite lounge chair and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with two best friends, the major characters in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    Twisted Webs by Darlene Quinn

    I loved the second of Quinn's series. It was heartrending and exciting from the first when learning about the kidnapping. The story of the twins was almost devastating and I hardly put to book down to see what happened to them. The interwoven plots were marvelous and obviously her knowledge of the industry shows in every aspect of the story. I am waiting with bated breath for the next one that I know she is writing and hope she will write another about the lives of the twins.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    Darlene Quinn Has Done it Again!

    "Twisted Webs," the sequel to Darlene Quinn's enthralling "Webs of Power," is as riveting, insightful and dramatic. In both captivating sagas, Quinn takes readers behind the scenes of a high-stakes world she knows firsthand, and it shows. Her thoughtful portrait of the high-stakes world of retail provides the perfect backdrop for her expertly drawn characters and skilled storytelling. "Twisted Webs" is a page-turner about the pain of secrets and lies, the power of love, the need for control, the pull of motherhood and marriage, and how painfully and miraculously small the world can be. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until the emotionally charged ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    page-turning!

    I absolutely loved reading this sequel to Webs of Power, but one doesn't have to read or even remember the characters of the first book to appreciate Twisted Webs. The plot begins in the early nineties and follows the story of characters that are all tied to careers in the retail fashion industry. The main focus is on the abduction of a twin baby girl right after birth and how it affects the lives of all of the related characters. This book has many subplots that allow the book to twist and turn through many unexpected endings. One advantage to reading this book is that it is broken into very brief chapters: some as short as two pages! It is a great way to pick up a few pages here and there if you take the book on vacation or anywhere with you. The story is well-written, the characters are believable and the read enjoyable. Darlene Quinn is remarkable as a writer!

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    An amazing book that will pull you in at the very first few pages.

    Oh my, I have had the privilege of reading the newest book by Darlene Quinn. I so loved her first "WEBS" book. This one takes you further into the webs of power and the webs of the lives of the characters.I just could not put this book down! This book shows how close the characters get without knowing it...at least for awhile. That provides great suspense and kept me reading. I wondered when the discovery of the kidnapping would come to light and what the outcome would be for the twins. Well there are "glimmers" all along. I so liked the way that Darlene weaves the plot with the "real" feelings of the characters. The ending was so real and so true to the emotions of those involved. As a Psycho-therapist I found Darlene's writing to be "spot-on" to what I would think would be the emotions of the characters and yet, as happens with the psychology of people you just don't know for sure what the ending will be until you get there. Thanks Darlene for another great book!!! Barbara Casey

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    If you loved Webs of Power, you'll love Twisted Webs even more!

    Twisted Webs grabs, and keeps, your attention from the very first line of the prologue to the very last line of the book. It is truly gripping and I was always eager to get back to this book as soon as I could! Darlene's writing style is extremely appealing and her background knowledge of the retail world is superb. The way she develops her characters means that we really get to know them and care about them - which, for me, is a critical part of enjoying any book.

    Darlene weaves a fascinating story around the abduction of an identical twin girl at birth and thereby begins a roller coaster ride of events and we are never sure of what the outcome will be until the end. This is an outstanding book that I would highly recommend. Don't lose out - buy it as soon as it's available!!

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    RIVETING .....I couldn't put the book down.

    Darlene masterfully keeps you in suspense, literally hanging on the edge of your seat, as she twists her web of deceit and intrigue.

    As the story continues, involving characters who dwell in the megalopolis of Department Stores and Fashion Design, their lives intertwine over eight years ater the disappearance of the twin girl.

    Throughout the story at various times, events occurred in Long Beach which was especially engaging for me because of familiar names and places in this town where i grew up.

    Twisted Webs is a sensitive story of love, deception and heart wrenching relationships, with a surprise ending.

    Shirley H. Williams

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    You will want to jump into this web!

    With the first page, Darlene Quinn dramatically grabs the reader in revealing a startling course of events that sets up the framework of her latest novel. A stolen twin! A broken hearted mother! A desperate thief! The sequel to Webs of Power, Twisted Webs continues Quinn's story of intigue, deceit, love and passion on the background of corporate retail America. Caught in the web, I was held tightly to the conclusion. Staying true to her characters' development, Quinn takes us through eight years before ending this chapter of her story, and ends with revelations you will not guess!

    While entertaining us, Quinn also manages to give personal insight into the decline, fall, and resurgence of the iconic American department stores' history. Twisted Webs is well worth the time. But, I warn you, you will want to read more about Vivana, Allyson, and Paige. And, you will want to know what they are wearing! Kudos to Darlene Quinn. This is a page turner!

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    Twisted Web - A fast-paced, insightful story that will draw you in and won't let you go.

    In a sequel to her award-winning Webs of Power, author Darlene Quinn again takes us into the lives of department store heiress Ashleigh Taylor and her husband Conrad, a sought-after executive in the realm of retail merchandising.

    Tragedy shatters their glamorous lifestyle when their newborn daughter, an identical twin, vanishes from the hospital. As the story unfolds, the reader follows not only the anguished parents, their circle of friends and the hardboiled private detective they hire, but also the distraught kidnapper and his family as they grapple with the dilemma his action has caused.

    Quinn's skillful handling of the tension between these two points of view puts a human face on a terrible crime and makes this an unusually gripping read. Closely-held secrets that must be revealed, fascinating supporting characters and their stories, all set in the glittering world of high fashion, add luster to the tightly-crafted plot.

    I know you will be, as I was, totally caught up in these Twisted Webs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Breathtaking

    On first opening the pages of Darlene Quinn's Webs series, readers may well feel that they are in for an engaging "all about" novel-in Quinn's case all about the glamorous, dangerous, byzantine and ultimately exciting world of fashion and high-end retail-and those readers would be right. But wait! There's more! Quinn develops her storylines and plot in a way that keeps the world engaging and the books charging forward. And don't get complacent-nothing is what is seems and no character is without great secrets that will twist events and surprise the reader in breathtaking ways. There's a great deal of fun and entertainment to be had in falling into these beguiling webs.
    Frank Gaspar
    Author of Stealing Fatima
    Endowed chair/distinguished professor and writer in residence University of Massachusetts

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

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    Tremendous Depth, Emotional Dynamite

    A soap opera between the covers, Twisted Webs by Darlene Quinn is a page-turner that I found myself unable to put down after just a few pages. How far would you go for someone you loved? Would you steal a newborn child, regardless of the pain that will forever be etched into the hearts of the family who lost her? How many webs must be woven to hide the child from her biological family?

    In the continuing Webs series, Twisted Webs has the benefit of the foundation already put in place by Webs of Power where life in the world of the wealthy and powerful corporate wolves prey upon their unsuspecting victims. Now we are taken into the more personal and private world of these giants in the fashion industry, their more human side. One family grieves the loss of one of their newborn twin daughters, no amount of money can find her. One family rejoices in the miraculous “generosity” of a troubled young teen. But is that really what happened? Will the truth ever come out?

    Spanning a period of eight years in the separate lives of these two families, Ms. Quinn does a remarkable job of moving the story along without a hitch. The emotional distress, the feelings of loss, the “not quite”healing for the Taylor family knows no monetary bounds; it is universal. Conversely, when the adoptive mother learns and admits the truth of her daughter’s birth, her pain and fear of discovery and what she will do to prevent that is like an emotional vise around your heart. How much love does it take to make things right? What is right, after eight years? Can there be forgiveness? Is compromise possible? What about the twins?

    Ms. Quinn hit this one out of the emotional park. This is a story of family, of bonds, of fate and timing as the wheel of life turns, until one day, the brakes are thrown and the webs converge in an amazing climax that will make the twists and turns worth the journey.


    I received this copy from Greenleaf Book Group LLC in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalle

    I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.




    "Twisted Webs" is supposedly a novel about a set of twins, one of which is kidnapped just hours after their birth. This was a long book, and not just the 465 pages. I could typically read a book of this length within 4 days, a week tops. But this one took me a month. I just couldn't get into the story. Not the advertised story, I was very into that, but it wasn't really about the twins. By the time I had reached page 300, there had been approximately only 20 pages dedicated to the girls. Not only was I misled about what this book was about, the actually story line appeared to be a continuation of another novel, one that I have not read, nor was I interested in. I highly recommend that readers pick up the previous book by Ms Quinn before settling in to this one. It will probably save you a great deal of headache. I wish someone had given me this advice.




    It was barely an "ok" story for me. I'm sure that I would have rated it higher if I had had a vested interest in the characters, as I'm sure I would have had I read the prequel.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Recommended

    Twisted Webs is difficult book to put down.I became hooked on the first page. The action starts right away. I became hooked during the first page. A newborn twin is kidnaped from her mother while they are in the hospital. The follwing story-line is complex but plausible. The author, Darlene Quinn, untwists the intrigue clearly, while leaving the reader speculating until the end of the book. The characters are well developed. Included in the story-line are the Los Angeles riots, large department store take-overs, greed, anger, revenge, fashion, struggle, love and compassion. The short chapters are appreciated. One can read a chapter quickly then go back later easily starting a fresh chapter. In conclusion, I don't know how an author could think of the complex plot and deliver it without confusing the reader. Amazing. A good read.
    CJ Hesse

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Great Read!

    Twisted Webs was by far one of the best books I have ever read! I couldn't put it down and I could see the movie of it playing in my head! It was all I could do to put it down long enough to get a good night's sleep.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Twisted Webs is highly recommended.

    This book is a real "page turner." There is a great ending to each chapter. It makes you want to read more. The characters were so real that I cried like a baby when one of the characters died. Can't wait for for the next book.

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    Posted December 12, 2011

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