Webs of Perception: Reviews


A Terrific Read!

This skillfully written book draws the reader into the initial tragedy immediately. References to events that happened before the time frame of this book ensure that a reader who begins with this sixth book of the Web series will finish it, then immediately go for volume 1 and take it from the top. Darlene Quinn manages to spin out just enough of both back story and foreshadowing to keep a reader on the edge of his seat. The world she creates: the semester at sea cruise, the various locations, the world of big time retail merchandising, is in itself intriguing. The timeless stresses of family life get a new spin here too. Darlene Quinn’s thriller is a great finale to a superb series.

Seamus Beirne


I Love Darlene Quinn’s Novels!

I love Darlene Quinn’s novels, especially the Webs series. She writes in such a concise manner and I really like the shorter chapters. It makes it so easy to read.

The Taylor series has been especially interesting and addresses all aspects of a famous family. This new one is so thrilling about the twins and their escapades. It really held my interest and I had a hard time putting it down to do my own work.

Thanks, Darlene for such entertaining reading. I hope you have a new series in the works.

Barbie H.


Mystery and Family Drama

Enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is an engaging mystery that includes all of Ms. Quinn’s beloved characters that have become like family to me throughout the series. Unraveling the Callie/Marnie mystery takes readers on a European trip and brings us closer to experiencing the twins’ and their family’s full and vibrant lives. This series finale ties in all of the story lines and brings the story full-circle.

Louie’s Mom – Venture, CA


And so it ends…the end of the beginning.

I recently finished reading the newest novel (Advanced Readers Copy) by Darlene Quinn. This book, Webs of Perception, completes the author’s “Webs” series, and takes the reader through several different events that happen to the Taylor family. The reader will find all the paths taken to be mysterious and interesting. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “all things must come to an end,” this is the last story about this family. Each book can stand alone, but all would be very good for television, particularly as a “continuing saga”. Readers, enjoy!

Anonymous – South Florida


An Excellent Read!

This is the final book in a series. I have not read the previous books but I was able to read this as a standalone. I enjoyed the writing, the mystery and the well crafted characters. The premise of two sisters, one supposedly lost at sea and one with memory loss of the event at sea was fun to read as the mystery deepened toward the truth. I look forward to reading the beginning books in the series as I enjoyed the authors writing.

Thank you for the ARC . My opinion is my own.

M Davis


Heartwarming Story

A creative and lengthy story with many complexities in which the powerful bonds of family prevail. Mystery, creativity, challenges, and love. Great themes all interwoven in this remarkable book.

Kindle Customer


Darlene Quinn, your current book is outstanding. On the high side of 5 stars.

I picked up your book one evening and could not put it down–I finished the book because the story line was so well constructed that it required me to continue to the end of the story without putting the book down. Darlene Quinn you have an amazing gift for telling a very complex story in a beautifully constructed way. Please continue to provide those of us who craze reading outstanding books the gifts you have provided me and the many others with the seven books of yours I have had the pleasure of reading. You have an amazing gift of telling your story–please continue to amaze me. This is a book I have skimmed back through a couple of times–outstanding book. Thank You Darlene.

Pat who loves to read!


Unique and COMPELLING Family Saga containing a Mother/daughters’ story in itself!

It’s apparent Quinn worked as a professional in Retail and experienced the decrease and changes in consumerism. Shoppers buy online as opposed to using gas and efforts to shop in person! That said, the family story, the mother/daughter’s story, and the losses (to injury) and the greatest potential loss of the Taylor family’s daughter, all of these components to the overall family saga, are what make this story unique, for sure. I’m still in the midst of reading it, but as a lover of thrillers and mysteries, I believe readers will love this engaging and thoughtful family saga, with many original elements!!

Ms. Gayle M. G.


The Final Chapter of a Saga

In this final novel, disaster strikes once again, in the form of a gigantic rogue wave, which blindsides an ocean liner, with the two Taylor twins on board, and it appears one was swept overboard and the other has developed amnesia from the impact, leaving open many questions and few answers. The reader is caught up in the mystery almost from the moment they open the front cover. As a wrap-up novel for the series, which it was crafted to be, I felt it was absolutely perfect.

Kaye Lynne Booth


Looking for a FUN Beach Read? This Is It!

Twin sisters Callie and Marnie, belonging to the wealthy Taylor family, head out to sea for their senior year of college. One sister ends up with amnesia, the other sister “Callie” is lost at sea. What’s the truth, what really happened? How does this tight knit family deal with all the drama.

In their lives…, a young sibling is kidnapped and missing for 8 years. This family pulls together throughout all of the turmoil they encounter.

This is the first book I have read by this author; the writing was easy to follow and flowed nicely. I’d like to go back and read the first 5 books of the series, it’s a great beach read.

Thank you to Netgalley for their ARC for my honest opinion also thank you to Greenleaf Book Group
Amazon, goodreads and BookBub.

BE, Ladyedan62


Finale to Series Extraordinary Suspense!

As is often the case as a book reviewer, I was able to start this wonderful series (see my reviews of the first three books) but got too busy with others to continue–a major disadvantage to opening myself to receiving requests for reviews! LOL I must say that I was surprised when I had the chance to read Webs of Perception. Sure, Darlene Quinn became an award-winning author from her first book, but here I was ten years later reading the close-out novel for her series! And I was thrilled with the fantastic book she presented! It is once again well written, epic–impressively great–with a long satisfying story at 510 pages. The story in this last book hones in much more on family drama, with very little on the business end of department store management, the theme which has run throughout the series. Instead, we enter into an extraordinary suspenseful tale where the characters have been caught in a Web like no other! And we readers get to watch as, first, the web is spread wider and wider, and then torn away slowly and tortuously for those involved…

The Taylor twins had signed up for onsite classes on the Rising Star. Marnie was studying to become a writer, while Callie was improving her skills for a dance career. When Ashleigh and Conrad got calls about what had happened, they had been at the Richard Rogers Theater for “Hamilton.” It was then that Ashleigh realized why she’d had that strange sense of foreboding.

They soon learned that a large rogue wave had overcome the ship on which their daughters had been traveling. The Rising Star had maintained control, but there had been much damage. One of their daughters had been flown by medevac to a hospital due to a head injury sustained…

She had lost her memory and the doctors could not give any guidance on how long it would last–or whether it would be permanent…

Only one daughter, Marnie, had been in their cabin. It had been reported on the news that it appeared two individuals were missing, possibly washed overboard. But Ashleigh refused to consider the possibility that she had lost a daughter–she knew she would know it!

It is quite easy for readers to learn what happened in the first few chapters, feel sympathy for the family, and especially the twin who had lost her memory. Not only because of the devastation of not being able to remember her life. But, also, because she was totally unable to help in telling the story of where her sister was. Ashleigh decided that she had never come back from their last stop, but there was nobody able to assure her. She asked that their friend and investigator begin a search to…find her…

I imagine that it must seem like life has stopped. One daughter didn’t know her parents–did not know how to relate to them. Even her name had no meaning for her and learning she was heading for further education for her writing career felt alien. She had no idea how to even consider writing a story…

Conrad was in the midst of a major change to their company–100 stores were to unfortunately close and he had planned to work with each as final arrangements were made. A short overview of what he planned was included in the story; however, Quinn included a final Author’s Note about her research on the continued viability of department stores. I especially found this interesting since my own memory holds the delightful visits to those large elegant stores in which I felt like I was visiting another world–a world of beautiful surroundings as well as beautiful clothes and more… Quinn discusses the growth of online sales and its effect; however, I had to agree that most of us want to actually see the clothes, shoes, etc., that we consider buying and because of that both will be important for the future!

The story splits as life continues at home, while the investigation into, hopefully, finding Callie begins… I think it is important that nothing else is shared; the enjoyment of reading the book is that readers know more about what is going on than the family. We sink into what is happening and hope things turn out, but, gradually, we also begin to question–Why? What? How?

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.

GA Bixler Reviews


Well-Written, Well-Paced, Enjoyable Novel!

I can’t remember the last time I read a book in a series that allowed for my getting to know the characters—heretofore unknown to me—and their histories in such a thorough yet succinct fashion. Because I had not read previous books in Web Series, I so appreciated the writing skills of Darlene Quinn in that respect, and in many other respects. The author knows her craft, and she knows how to tell a great stand-alone story.

I was drawn into the story because of the harrowing event that had befallen the family, and I became immersed because of the page-turning suspense that the author built around what happened and why. The characters were well-defined, the dialogue was vivid and compelling, and the story itself was quite enjoyable.

It’s no wonder this author has won so many awards. Now I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the Web Series!



Wow! This one has a lot of moving parts.

Separate tragedies have befallen identical twins Callie and Marnie Taylor. Both were enjoying a semester-at-sea program aboard the Rising Star — Callie for dance and Marnie for a writing intensive — when a rogue wave hit the massive ship. Marnie is found with a concussion and a case of amnesia. But after an exhaustive search of the ship, it is feared that Callie has gone overboard. Or has she?

Webs of Perception, the final novel in Darlene Quinn’s Webs series about the Taylor family, really drives to heart that things aren’t always as they seem.

A stand-alone novel from the others, though characters and plots continue, Webs of Perception has enough drama to fascinate for hours of page-turning. A major plot twist is unveiled about a third of the way through the novel, and from that point on, things continue to develop… quickly and crazily. Just the way a fiction lover likes it!

Some of the greater themes of the fast-paced story include: How to deal with life when faced with the challenge of autobiographical amnesia; Choosing a career based on a life passion; Loyalty to self and family; And – most randomly – the fate of department stories in the changing retail environment.

Well written and thoroughly entertaining, Webs of Perception is a riveting story that has readers feeling an intimate connection to all members of the ill-fated Taylor family and anxious to know what more could possibly happen to them!

Katherine Michael


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 suppose 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.

Peggy Kuntzelman


This is the final book in a series. I’ve not read the previous books, but I was able to read this as a stand alone. I enjoyed the writing, the mystery and well-crafted characters. The premise of two sisters, one supposedly lost at sea and one with memory loss of the event at sea, was fun to read as the mystery deepened toward the truth. I look forward to reading the previous books in the series, as I enjoyed the authors writing.

Thank you for the ARC. My opinions are my own.

Cozy Cat R. | Reviewer


I recently finished reading the newest novel (Advanced Readers Copy) by Darlene Quinn. This book, Webs of Perception, completes the author’s “Webs” series, and takes the reader through several different events that happen to the Taylor family. The reader will find all the paths taken to be mysterious and interesting. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “all things must come to an end,” this is the last story about this family. Each book can stand alone, but all would be very good for television, particularly as a “continuing saga”. Readers, enjoy!

Harriet Berg | Reviewer


This was an engrossing family drama. I enjoyed the way that the family’s relationships were portrayed. The novel begins with the twins, who are the oldest children of the Taylor family, on board a ship that is involved in an accident with a rogue wave. One of the girls ends up with amnesia and one ends up missing. After this, the family is involved in a dramatic chain of events as they try to heal from what happened. The Taylor family is an affluent family who owns a chain of retail stores. The family has a close relationship and strong ties with each other. This helps them to deal together with the aftermath of what happened on the ship.

GenaS | BookBub Reader


I really enjoyed this book, I found out that I love stories that involves twins. It is another tragedy in Taylor’s family, how are they going to cope this time? Callie and Marnie’s adventures at sea are going to be a nightmare. Lovely book.
Thank you Netgalley for this copy.

Adriana B. | Reviewer


A Good Clean Read!

Webs of Perception by talented Author Darlene Quinn is the final fictional novel in the Webs series. I have read and reviewed several of them and each one is a stand alone novel and equally as captivating as the next. For me, it felt like I was catching up on the lives and news of the intriguing Taylor family. Each member of this vibrant group is faced with many challenges. Conrad, is struggling with the closing of many of Jordan’s department stores due to the advancement in new age technology and the increase in online shopping. Ashleigh continues to be the loving, optimistic wife to her husband Conrad. Their marriage of over twenty-five years still shines with the aura of true love. She is also a devoted and loving mother to their twin daughters, Callie and Marnie, as well as eighteen year old Juliana.

Callie and Marnie are presently at sea on the Rising Star enjoying an unique learning experience when a gigantic rogue wave broadsides their ship. Due to this unfortunate set of circumstances, one of the twins bumps her head and has no recollection of her past life. To add to this serious situation, her twin sister is thought to be lost at sea along with one of the ship’s staff members. Both are believed to have been swept off the deck when the rogue wave hit and are presumed dead.

Ashleigh, with her woman’s intuition, refuses to give up on either of her daughters. However, with the assistance of Private Investigator Ross Pocino of Landes Agencies, the search begins to bring about some understanding and closure to the confusion resulting from the mishap at sea. They keys questions are, which twin has amnesia and which twin is missing at sea and why…

Webs of Perception is a good clean read which is sure to attract a wide reading audience. Whether this is the first novel one reads in this series or the last, it is a real page turner and kept me glued to the page from beginning to end!

Inspirational Author | Dolores Ayotte


The Webs series are ALWAYS great books!

I have always enjoyed the Webs series books! I like the short chapters and interesting details. From the moment I began the book I knew that I would enjoy the experience. The twins, Callie and Marnie are on an adventure of a lifetime from a rouge wave to having a new appreciation of their relationship. I always enjoy Darlene’s style that leaves me wondering what’s next. This family group is ever evolving. The mystery of who was where during the event of the rouge wave leads to confusions and finally new discoveries of each other. Darlene brings in the personal lives of the characters who are not only dealing with the experience of the twins but also their own pressing issues and life changes. I will miss her books and her characters. But she has brought enjoyment and great reading to my my life! Be sure to get this book and you will find it enjoyable and intriguing.

I received this book for an exchange of my honest review. The bottom line: YES, I would recommend this book to a friend!

Babs | Westminster, CA


When you have been a fan for so long of Darlene Quinn’s web series it is only natural that you want to read her last book on the series. As per usual it is a pleasure to get hold of one of her books. This time she has published “Webs of Perception” and it is being launched on the 11th November this year 2018. I have just finished reading it and I am as per usual impressed with the plot and the story line but most of all with the way the author explains it to us so we can easily follow a muddled up plot that could otherwise drive the reader crazy.

Exquisite writing and a complicated plot make it a page turner from the very first chapter. Darlene is a very well researched author who writes very true to life circumstances.  The characters are life like, and not just left to the imagination, they seem so real you think you know them! Their expressions and their feelings are so well explained by the author that you can visualise who they are and what they even look like.

Every author tends to put real situations into a story by explaining and using their personal experiences or those of their family and friends which explains why the characters are so true to life, vivid and believable. In this series, the author expertly gives us an insight into each of the main character’s way of life.  Their conversations and even situations are very believable in these chaotic circumstances. There is no melodrama even with the upheaval the twins cause in the family.  The parents seem very stable and well able to cope in every disturbing situation, teaching us all a lesson of how we should perceive life and its turmoils! It made me think of an English proverb: “If you worry you die, if you don’t worry, you still die. So why worry?” A lesson to be learnt in given situations.

The back cover review states that one twin has amnesia and the other is lost at sea. This is true information about the story line but I do not agree with the statement that follows “OR HAS SHE?” meaning, has she been lost at sea, or maybe not!  I think this three words should be omitted as it gives away too much of the plot…you know she will be found.

All in all, an entertaining read, a well written story and a great conclusion to the WEB series.

Undoubtedly a recommended read.

Sonia Golt BEM


We picked 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 readers.

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 is 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, the 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


Thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest and last installment in the “Webs” series. Author Darlene Quinn once again thoughtfully brought all of her characters to vibrant life and filled us in on their lives since the last book. Callie and Marnie’s adventures at sea and travel in England and France and how their family deals with the possible loss of one of the twins proves engaging and highly entertaining.

Kami Weeks


Immediately, author Darlene Quinn, thrusts us into a shocking tragedy! As the story unfolds, we know that a rogue wave has hit a ship at sea that Carried the Taylor twins, Marnie and Callie.
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.
Pick up “Webs of Perception” and read it. You will not be disappointed! But you may lose sleep!

Nanci Gee


Having been a fan of Darlene’s work for some years now. This last installment of the web series had me in its grasp from start to finish. vividly creating pictures with her words i can completely understand why the series could have been adapted into a movie or even a TV series. i think it still should.

Rodney Smith


Webs of Perception is a page turning suspense story that I could not put down until I finished it a day and a half later! I would highly recommend it as a great read.

Nikki Benson


This is the best book of this series. The plot was exciting, the suspense was intriguing, and I could hardly put it down.

Margie E.

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.

Sally Fritch


Twins, Family Interaction

I had the privilege to read this book as a reviewer. It is a story about a short span of time in the lives of a set of twins who have a traumatic experience at sea during their senior year of college and how they and their family individually and collectively deal with it. Given the short time span the story covered, a lot of happenings and emotion had to be absorbed, without much background or time for the story or develop. However, I found it an interesting read and it was well written. The author is not superfluous with her use of adjectives, which I always appreciate, but was descriptive. I was delighted with a phrase early on -“ I squeezed my eyes tight, wishing I was already an hour older.” Short, but giving a complete understanding of the feeling of the character. I found that all the way through the book. I would certainly recommend this book by Ms. Quinn. She is a talented and accomplished author.

Amazon Customer
4 out of 5 Stars


Going Rogue

I really enjoyed this story. I could completely believe what was happening and how each of the characters felt. Everyone has heard stories of twins being mistaken for each other or tricking others. The plot twists were great I couldn’t out the story down.

Stacy Jean
4 out of 5 Stars


Interesting and enjoyable story that is supported by good writing, plot intrigue and likeable characters.

4 out of 5 Stars


I won this Kindle edition book in a GoodReads giveaway – thank you to everyone involved!
This is the final book about the Taylor family – Darlene Quinn, the author, does a great job
bringing her characters to life!

Kathy Webb
4 out of 5 Stars


Let me start by saying I finally finished this book. The story line was great. The characters were awesome. But it was just too long to keep holding my interest. I prefer books that are 250 pages or less. This book is over 500 pages.
With that being said, it had twists and turns and even a few surprises. Enjoy it but be sure to make time to read it.

4 out of 5 Stars


Twins suffering from memory loss from a freak wave hitting their ship. One twin is considering missing at sea when she is not found but is she? The other struggles with her memory in the final installment of the Taylor series.

We follow their struggles as well as their family as we continue to catch on their semi tragic lives. An interesting read of family dynamics.

4 out of 5 Stars


Darlene Quinn brings her mastery of suspense to the final book in her Webs series. We find the beautiful Taylor twins on a semester at sea program intent on determining their separate destinies. What could possibly go wrong for these two young ladies from a loving closely-knit family? Let the adventures begin! This book is a standalone novel continuing the story of the Taylors. Even though you do not need to have read the previous books, you probably will want to!

Paula Mont
4 out of 5 Stars


The last episode in the Web series about the Taylor twins and their frightening escapade at sea.
I read this as a Stand Alone and was able to follow the story but will certainly read the beginning series to gain a better understanding of the characters.

Callie and Marnie Taylor are spending a semester at sea when tragedy strikes as a huge wave comes overboard. One of the twins is injured with amnesia and one is thought to be washed overboard. The frantic search for Callie reveals shocking secrets about both sisters. Did one twin drown or did she abandon ship willingly? Things are not really as they seem to be.

I received this Kindle E book as a gift from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. It was an enjoyable read with many twists.

Phyllis Krall
4 out of 5 Stars