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Every character in [Twisted Webs] is somehow tied to the retail industry, and tales of greed, deceit, lies, power struggles and behind-the-scenes happenings in that very demanding world make for totally fascinating reading. --by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (10/10) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Darlene Quinn worked in the world of Department Store management during a period of dynamic upheaval. She has written several other works, including Webs of Power. Darlene now lives in Long Beach, California with her husband, Jack.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934572713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934572719
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,556,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darlene Quinn is an international award winning author and speaker from Long Beach, California.

Darlene writes what she likes to read, which is page-turning-suspense, based on actual events while never allowing the facts to get in the way of a good story. As part of a nine-member management team for the Bullocks Wilshire Specialty Department Stores (West Coast Division of the former Federated Department Store conglomerate ~ now Macy's Inc.) She has an insider's perspective on the rise and fall of major department stores.

National and International Awards:

Conflicting Webs
2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards General Fiction

Unpredictable Webs
2014 International Readers Favorite Gold Medal for General Fiction
2014 Beverly Hills Book Awards and the President's Choice top prize winner!

Twisted Webs
2011 International Book Award Winner for Fiction and Literature, as well as the Winner of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for General Fiction.

Webs of Power
2009 National Indie Excellence Award for General Fiction

Webs of Fate
2011 Readers Favorite Award for General Fiction.

Quinn's first published novel, Sizzling Cold Case, published in January of 2007, was a somewhat unusual collaboration as well as labor of love for her dear friend, Buddy Ebsen. His work-in-progress was a Barnaby Jones novel, which at his widow's request, Quinn was thrilled to complete.

Prior to being an author and speaker, Quinn was a teacher in the public school system, a self-improvement and modeling instructor, a private contractor for the city, department stores (Bullock's/Robinson's), and hospitals.

Darlene has two children, John and Jodie, six wonderful grandchildren, and lives with her husband and greatest supporter, Jack, in Long Beach and Big Bear, California.

She is currently working on the sixth book in her Web Series, Severed Webs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crystal S. on January 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marvin Marshall on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Well, well, Darlene, you wrote a wallop of a book. Its physical size matches the scope of the problem you set up. It's a great concept--kidnapping of an identical twin. Built into the problem at the outset is the anticipation of the twins inevitably coming together . The reader waits for that moment for 450 pages. Good trick.

The shortness of the chapters quickens the pace and keep the tension high.

The novel bounces along at a wonderfully lively pace, coming upon lots of subplots and back stories. And these all work as reflections, mirrors, as variations of the mother theme.

The early foreshadowing of the ultimate meeting works smartly, "Can't hide it forever."

I particularly liked the tease when the twins "almost" meet each other.

But what's this: "Powerful men don't like dramatic women"? Intriguing.

You have an interesting little technique of first bringing in a character out of the blue and then bringing in the activity he's involved with, rather than the other way around. It catches the reader off-guard asking, Who's this? Then, okay, I see it.

You handle time in the same surprising way. Suddenly without notice, we are in the future. The reader asks, "Who's this? Oh yes."

By the way, the book title is perfect. And your early references to it are not missed.

One hesitancy: Viviana's history at the end of the novel brought up incest. That's a big matzo ball dropped in at the end of a novel and not dealt with. Unless, as I suspect, you are going to deal with it heavily in the next book.

While reading the Epilogue, I began thinking how I would feel if my identical twin suddenly walked through the door and greeted me. The thought is fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Anderson on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQ on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
"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. The reader will quickly become caught up in the aurhor's surprises. 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 your book along with a glass of iced tea outside to your favorite lounge chair and enjoy the afternoon with two good friends, the main characters.
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Format: Paperback
Darlene Quinn is not only an excellent writer, she has created a special niche that she easily explores and fills to the fullest. She combines the life of professionals in the elite department store conglomerates with the individual lives of strong women who are part of the high-fashion, marketing and powerful, finance deals!

I admit that I love the female characters that Quinn creates. If you haven't met them yet, check out my review of her first book, Webs of Power. Each book easily stands alone; however, having read the first book when it came out, I was ready to move into the personal lives of the family when crisis hits...

As it did to the Taylor family...

Ashleigh Taylor, wife of one of the high-powered men in the financial world of store corporations has given birth to two beautiful identical girls. They are named Callie and Cassie, but Cassie is never to be called by her real name!

She is taken from the cradle in the hospital while Ashleigh sleeps and spirited away with absolutely no clues as to how and who took the little girl. Of course we see the drama of the family working through the investigation but months turn into years and there is no trace of Cassie.

Ashleigh prays that her daughter was taken by somebody who would love and care for her and is able to slowly begin to move forward.

The emphasis is on the family members caught in the terrible guilt of knowing where the child is, but having to choose whether to hurt their own family. Especially when the kidnapper is killed in an accident and the woman who becomes Cassie's mother does not know the truth of how the baby came to be hers. She had been told that a young girl who had gotten pregnant had given her up.
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