Since the release of my latest book, Webs of Perception, critics and readers alike have roundly praised it as an extraordinary and suspenseful finale. As an author, one can only be incredibly grateful for this sort of positive feedback. The joy I get from knowing that I’ve been able to bring happiness and entertain others is worth the blood, sweat and tears I put into my work. Authors know exactly what I’m talking about. Seeing that 5-star rating on Amazon is simply invigorating.

At this point I’ve posted several reviews of my book and thought it would be fun to share some of the most telling, interesting and helpful reviews from Amazon and beyond. With that, here are some of my favorite reviews—excerpts and otherwise–of “Webs of Perception”:

Amazon Review, 5 Stars

I have had the pleasure of reading all the books in the “Web” series, so I can definitely say that Darlene Quinn saved the best for last. While I really enjoyed all the books in the series, this is the one that I really, really had trouble putting down. I have an eye disease and I am not supposed to read for very long periods of time and that is why I love the short chapters in this book, however I found myself saying just one more chapter and that led to just one more chapter and so, that is how suspenseful “Webs of Perception” is, you just want to find out what is going to happen next.
I really found the style that this book was written in very interesting, one chapter will be from the point of a storyteller and then the next from a first person account, both of them telling you about the same period of time just from different views. Then I was really thrilled when I got to the second part of the book and it is the same time period but told from a totally different location. I don’t think I have ever read a book in this style and once again I wanted to just keep reading and reading.

I also enjoyed all the vivid details of the different locations that the story takes you. I haven’t visited any of the places that we were taken but with the great descriptions I felt like I was right there with the characters.

As I have stated I have read all the books in the “Web” series, but you don’t really need to have read any of the previous books to get hooked by “Webs of Perception”. Darlene Quinn does an excellent job of just giving you enough background information on each character without making you feel like she is repeating herself. If I hadn’t read the other books I am sure I would seek them out to find out more in depth details but as it is you just feel like you are getting a quick reminder.

It was fun to get to spend time with these characters that I have followed over the years and I think Ms. Quinn did an excellent job of bringing us up to the present on each of them and making us feel like it was a good place to finish telling their story.

Amazon Review (Excerpt), 5 Stars

There is a tense, waiting, atmosphere running throughout the book. Even when we know part of the story, the complexity, the emotional impact of each situation is sometimes disturbing, yet exciting to watch as the plot blossoms into the reality of what has happened.

Quinn writes with a steady fluidity that slowly reveals and pulls each item together; nothing is left hanging, although I would have liked to know a little more about life after the book closes… In fact, I realized that, though this series may be closing, I now believe that Quinn has a suspense thriller within her ability and hope that one series ending is not the end of her fantastic writing! Drama to Thriller – the challenge is given! LOL

Webs of Perception is Intriguing. It plays with our opinions of what perception is and how it plays out in our lives. The book is also fascinating, extraordinary in its simplicity. The concept may be simple, but the devastation, as well as family joy, runs the full gamut of what emotions erupt as day by day passes in this thing called Life…

Again, this last novel is free-standing but makes a wonderful finale for the series if you’ve been following Darlene Quinn. Kudos to her for sharing a unique part of all of our lives, Department Stores of the past, now and the future… Highly recommended.


Amazon Review (Title), 5 Stars


Enough drama to fascinate for hours of page-turning


Amazon Review, 5 Stars


A Must Read

In this wonderful, fast paced story there are so many unusual twists and turns in the plot. You are constantly trying to figure out what happened to the twins of the upstanding wealthy Taylor family. “Webs of Perception” is very creative and the facts were thoroughly investigated. Congratulations on a great book.


Advance Reader Copy Review


Webs of Perception, review, August 31, 2018


We pick the book up, and on Page 1: immediately author, Darlene Quinn, thrusts us into a shocking tragedy!  A badly wounded young girl is suffering from something she cannot identify!  She also finds she doesn’t know what has happened, where she is, and the most frightening revelation:  she doesn’t know her name!  We are drawn into a complicated situation and left with scanty details to perceive the happenstance that surrounds our victim and us as a reader.

As the story unfolds, we know that a rogue wave has hit a ship at sea that carried the Taylor twins, Marnie and Callie; one critically injured and the other missing in action!  Quinn, master of twists and turns, throws details, hunches, relationships and various possibilities into the story that surges ahead as it plays out.  In concern for each twin and their family, we feverishly turn pages to discover the fate of these engaging characters.

By the time we begin to solve the mystery, the whole Taylor clan has entered into this concluding tale, 6th in the Quinn’s Web series.  With skill and cleverness she brings us to a satisfying last look at the fascinating Taylor family! (Or, is it?)

Pick up “Webs of Perception” and read it, you will not be disappointed!  I could not put it down!

(WARNING!)  If this is your 1st Quinn book, you may be forced to read them all!)

Ruthie May in Long Beach

To think this is just a sampling of all the great reviews my book has received up until this point is a wonderful feeling. Those who haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of ‘Webs of Perception’ can learn more about it and even pick up a copy here. Of course, those who have had a chance to read it and haven’t had a chance to leave a review, doing so would be so greatly appreciated. It’s a great thing to do for ANY author whose work we love.

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