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Posted November 26, 2013
Listening on the edge of your seat!
Like Darlene’s other books, Unpredictable Webs, is also in audio book format. Although I have read all of Darlene’s books, I anticipated that listening would be an adventure. It definitely was!
Unpredictable Webs audio is like listening on the edge of your seat, while speeding down the road breaking the speed limit. I enjoyed how skillfully Darlene takes readers and listeners from the main plot and manages to engross us in the many well balanced subplots leaving us longing for, “what happens next”.
I think this is my favorite book in the Web Series. The story is a fusion of suspense, family relationships, and retail business complications, with some well thought out plot twists and unpredictable outcomes.
If you haven’t listened to any of Darlene’s books on audio I highly recommend you try one. The narrator Karin Aller picks up verbal personality traits with skill allowing the listener to easily distinguish one character from another. If you have read any of the books in the Web Series, you know they are difficult to put down. This is tenfold when you’re listening. I often delayed pushing the off button.
Posted June 28, 2013
Stuck in Darlene Quinn’s Web
I cracked the lid to Darlene’s latest web-tastic book Unpredictable Webs wondering what drama to expect from the well-drawn out characters in the 4th book of the Web series. The story starts out evenly enough updating where each individual is on their life path. What’s good about the series is you don’t have to read them in order to follow the storyline. As I read on getting filled in on the various factions I wondered what the linchpin would be for this volume.
It wasn’t long until the ride started and we were off to the races. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that fast. It was Quinn’s usual style pushing the reader on at the end of each chapter into the next, but this time she really ratcheted up the intensity and didn’t really give the reader a breather. Translation – not much sleep until I finished the sequel.
A good portion of the book is devoted to the teenage mindset or lack thereof. Quinn has that affliction down pat and the problems that ensue would make any parent prematurely gray. It’s a white-knuckler and
if you’re looking for an enjoyably soapy beach read Unpredictable Webs will keep you stuck to your chair.
Posted May 24, 2013
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Betrayal, rebellion, jealousy, and a kidnapping gone awry are at the core of this fourth novel in Darlene Quinn's ensnaring series. Unpredictable Webs picks up the Webs series five years after Twisted Webs.
About to turn sixteen, Marnie Taylor is rebellious--fighting often with her mother, Ashleigh--and jealous of her more even-tempered and popular twin sister, Callie. Lonely, Marnie finds a compassionate listener in Brad, whom she meets online. Spinning a web of lies to throw her parents off, Marnie arranges an in-person meet-up with Brad. But she realizes too late that she has been targeted in a sinister scheme for ransom.
Quinn's vivid cast of characters returns in this high-tension, stand-alone sequel. Though their actions are plausible, none of them behaves as others might predict in this tale that discloses the darker behaviors people are capable of. Cougar Viviana De Mornay takes Chicago's fashion world and ''Italian Stallion'' Gino Cabello by storm. Tony Wainwright, who has paid his dues for a past crime and appears to have turned his life around, is catapulted to the top of the list of suspects. PI Ross Pocino is on the scene with his surprising insights into criminal behavior, and Paige Toddman's mother, Helen, seems to grow younger every day. While some mothers can unintentionally do unspeakable harm to their children, Ashleigh's steel-magnolia efforts to wrest her daughter from her captor redeem the sacredness of that role.
Since first introduced to the characters so vividly portrayed in author Darlene Quinns Twisted Webs in which Marnie Taylor was first kidnapped and then reunited with her family I have been fascinated with this series. Although there is 8 years in between that 1st book and the 4th book Unpredictable Webs it feels more like just stepped out for a moment than being lost as to what happened in the intervening years as it was easy to pick up the story and become reacquainted with the characters immediately.
What came to mind immediately upon reentering the world inhabited by these characters is that their lives were exactly like those portrayed on a soap opera, lot's of glitz and little substance on the surface. However upon digging deeper you find that the characters are indeed full of all the human frailties of real people, they just have a little more money to grease the way and make life easier.
In this story you find that having money does not always equal having a peaceful or easy life as you still have those unexpected ups and downs where things never seem to go as you would like, especially when it comes to your children.
While it is a true family saga the twists and turns that the main plot takes the reader through leaves you with the understanding that no matter what happens love of a parent for their child transcends everything else and there is truly nothing that a caring mother would not risk to help her child when in need!
I laughed at the antics of Paige's mother as Helen gave a lighthearted break that allowed you to catch your breath after the tension that came before the scenes she played a part in, cried for Ashleigh and her angst over her own child rejecting her love after 8 years of doing what she could to prove that Marnie belonged with her birth family, raged at Marnie for being so blockheaded and unaware of just how much her family truly cared about her and most of all eagerly turned the pages to see how all the multiple threads that the author wove would come together to form a cohesive hole by the end.
Darlene Quinn has truly captured for her fans the dynamics of what happens when the lives of those we love most are put at risk as she also captures very well the fashion industry and the people who live in the heart of it in a way that is both interesting and informative without being overwhelming to those of us who have no clue what it is like in that world of privilege and money.
As enjoyable a read as the first book in this series and one that kept me thinking about it long after finishing!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Posted May 8, 2013
"Unpredictable Webs" is the second novel that I've read in the Web Series. The first being "Webs of Fate". In that novel and in this one as well....Quinn, an international award-winning author, weaves together the plot with skill and expertise. Her knowledge of this fast paced, competitive world is evident in every word that she writes. She utilizes this knowledge to create an action packed, fictional work of art that will capture any reader's interest right at the onset.
Marnie Taylor, the almost sixteen year old rebellious twin to Callie, has been abducted at birth. Reunited with her birth family at the age of eight, she still holds strong ties to the only mother she knew up to that point, Erica Christonelli. She is determined to leave the comfortable home she now lives in and return to the Christonellis as soon as she is able to legally make that decision. Due to her unhappiness and jealousy, she holds the inaccurate idea that her twin sister Callie and younger sister Julianna, are more loved and cherished by their parents. This dissatisfaction in her young life is the stimulus for creating an on-line relationship with Brad/Neil. When they make plans to meet in person, the terror and subsequent story line unfolds as Neil's half brother, Rick, comes up with a kidnapping scheme. Ashleigh and Conrad Taylor show their love and devotion to all their children as they make every effort to comply to the ransom demands.
Up to this point, the reader is introduced to a vibrant cast of characters including Viviana De Mornay who is about to take Chicago's fashion industry by storm and her new main squeeze, sexy Italian Gino Cabello. Tony Wainwright, with his former criminal record, is making every effort to turn his life around but...when his past with the Taylors comes back to haunt him, he has every desire to prove his innocence in this latest abduction. There are many unpredictable twists and turns in this novel which certainly give credence to the aptly chosen title. "Unpredictable Webs" grabbed me from the first page to the last. The chapters are short, the plot is captivating, the characters are varied, and the story is well-written. In a nutshell, this novel is easy-to-read, hard to put down, and what I consider to be a "feel good" book because despite all the negative events, the Taylors prove that wealth and success don't always corrupt people. Ashleigh and Conrad clearly demostrate their morals and values by the example they set for others and their ability to forgive.
As said in my previous review...It is apparent that Quinn is no novice when it comes to her ability to create a story chock full of intrigue, jealousy, romance, hatred and revenge. The many twists and turns that captivate the reader and hold their interest is beyond description...I wanted to keep reading and reading and I was very disappointed to see this novel come to an end. To me, that spells a great book. Quinn made me want more...no reader can ask for more than that nor can any author!
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
I'm Not Perfect and It's Okay
Posted May 6, 2013
I have read all of Darlene's books in the " Web Series". i have enjoyed each one of them. Though they are of course "webbed" together,
each one has its own part to tell. This most recent one had me wondering, what was next at the end of each chapter. I am particularly
interested in human behavior...what makes peopl do what do and how they behave with each other. I wondered what would happen to
the kidnapped girl. What would she be like as a result of what has happened in her life. Well, this book offered that information and
much more.I found myself unable to put it down. Though I think you should read all the books to get the complete picture, Darlene writes in such a way the you can follow the established character, easily. she is a talented writer that is able to continue weaving a web that leaves you wondering what is next.
Posted May 4, 2013
This fourth of the Web series is aptly named. Those webs in the retail fashion industry, that are often volatile, sometimes seemingly random, all knit into a satisfactory solution. When jealousy and rebellion spark another kidnapping involving twins Marnie and Callie, the book, as predicted, becomes a page-turner.
Though this new book can stand alone, it is especially enjoyable when the reader already knows something about the background of the main characters and how they have changed in the many years since their previous exploits.
I predict that Unpredictable Webs will be the favorite of Web fans!
Wesla Kerr, author of Matty McGuire Mop-up/Cul-de-Sac series
Posted May 3, 2013
I think the best advice I can give anyone considering "Unpredictable Webs" is to be ready to spend some time enjoying this book because it is really hard to put down once you have started it. The nice thing about it is that the chapters are short so you can get in "one more chapter" before you really must put it away. If you are like me though you will find yourself thinking about the characters even when you are not reading it,that is how much a part of your life they become.
I have read all of the Web Series and I while I enjoyed all of them, "Twisted Webs" was my favorite because as a mother it made me think twice about the way I would have reacted to the situations that occurred. So when I saw that "Unpredictable Webs" picked up a few years after "Twisted Webs" I was really looking forward to seeing how the characters lives had turned out. Darlene Quinn didn't not disappoint in writing another fast paced, thrilling, character driven novel. Once again I found myself wondering how I would have reacted faced with certain situations.
I also find the business side of the story line to be interesting since I still shop in department stores and in the past few years there have been a lot of changes that I didn't approve of. So to be able to see both sides of the story is educational and the way it fits into the story line is interesting instead of being cut and dried.
I highly recommend "Unpredictable Webs" and well as all the other books in the "Web Series".
Posted April 30, 2013
If you like Barbara Taylor Bradford or Danielle Steel, you will love Darlene Quinn.
She is among the best women fiction writers today. Her book “Unpredictable Webs” is packed with thrilling suspense and mystery; you will not be able to sleep until you discover what happens in the next chapter. The story involves an array of skillfully developed and compelling characters that come to life within the high-class world of a retail fashion empire. Yet again, one of Conrad and Ashleigh Taylor’s twins has been kidnapped. Marnie was kidnapped at birth and raised by a couple who wanted children. Marnie loved her only known parents and things become very complicated when she is found and returned to Conrad and Ashleigh at the age of sixteen; and to live with her unknown twin Callie and other sister Juliana. She feels inferior to her twin Callie who had always remained with their biological parents and just wants to return to her first family who loved her. Marnie is rebellious and seeks friendship with a young man on the internet. She plans to sneak out and meet him at a coffee shop while with her family at an event held at the Palmer House Hotel downtown Chicago. Unfortunately, it becomes a case of mistaken identity and her sister Callie becomes the victim of a kidnapping by a monstrous couple and held captive for ransom on an old, dilapidated boat where she meets the young boy who has no idea what is happening to either of them. Now, Marnie will do whatever it takes to save her sister. This is one of Darlene Quinn’s web series books and each book just gets better. I highly recommend this one filled with your favorite characters from Darlene’s previous books and some gut wrenching, jaw dropping excitement!
Brenda Minor Psychologist/Author
Posted April 24, 2013
Darlene Quinn has done it again! I felt like I had sat down to an exceptional meal prepared by a trusted celebrity chef! I was served tried and true characters with new faces stirred in to entice and entertain. A recipe for success! Quinn's creation blends exotic flavors together ranging from simple sweetness to vivid tartness-just right for an "unpredictable" serving of love, hate, crime, and redemption. Each page builds on surprise and suspense pleasing the reader's palate and leaving us full and satisfied. Thanks Darlene. I can hardly wait for your next course!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2013
It's not easy to find your footing in this book if you haven't read the others that went before it – which I haven't. But the first chapters with the many character introductions are like a lively surf: once you're beyond that, you'll find yourself in calmer waters, and easily ensnared by a compelling story.
This is a sweeping family saga, with many twists and turns, and many people telling it from their point of view. Again, this may not everyone's cup of tea, but it doesn't bother me at all. In fact, it adds to the mosaic. A nice read for a lazy Sunday afternoon!
Posted April 5, 2013
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
There is a new Darlene Quinn book out in her Webs series and it is one you will not want to miss out on! “Unpredictable Webs” draws the reader back into the retail and fashion world as well as the lives of Ashleigh and Conrad and their twin daughters Callie and Cassie/Marnie. The book picks up in the series five years after Marnie is returned to her birth parents. Marnie is a rebellious teenager and has had difficulty adjusting to her family as they are not the family she grew up with as a child and finds it hard to fit in with the perfect twin sister. Marnie believes that she has met a friend online and comes to trust him – to trust him enough to meet him. However, Marnie learns too late that her friend is not who she believes him to be and she is caught in a sinister plan.
This book is a fast-paced exciting read that immediately draws the reader back into the characters’ lives. They are characters who are loved from Quinn’s previous novels. All the characters are so well-developed and so real in this book. It is easy to empathize with the characters, especially the mothers Erica and Ashleigh. I found myself trying to imagine how it would feel not to have my daughter, as Ashleigh felt for years, and how difficult it is for Erica not to have her daughter whom she raised as an infant and child. Quinn is a talented writer and storyteller who writes books filled with all the elements of great books – real characters, love, betrayal and suspense.
Posted April 1, 2013
As the Webs Continue
How can a hostile takeover of a department store be made into an interesting novel? Ask Darlene Quinn. This fourth installment of her “Webs” series answers that question quite nicely. This author has done her research well. She presents her characters with depth and passion. She creates scenes the reader can see in his/her mind’s eye. She leads the reader along with the thoughts of her characters’ minds.
Because of the way she writes, I can see this novel, and actually, the entire series of “Webs” novels, being made into a daytime drama. The way in which the author describes the character’s thoughts and feelings could easily be a scene on television. However, although there is passion, there is not the blatant sexuality that is often seen in daytime drama. The sexual attractions are there in places, but are described as feelings. The actual sex is not graphically portrayed.
Although there are 127 chapters and an additional section of author’s notes at the end, the chapters are very short. This makes reading very easy for busy readers who have only small snatches of time available. Each chapter, however, keeps the reader wanting to turn the page, so he/she is sure to pick it up again.
The novel is based on a true story and, as I said, the author has done her research well. I would recommend this book to those who like continuing dramas that are not filled with graphic sexual detail, but contain mystery, intrigue and satisfying endings.