Unpredictable Webs by Darlene Quinn

Unpredictable WebsUnpredictable Webs by Darlene Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

2013 Bevery Hills Book Awards Best in Fiction

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.

Paperback, First Edition, 451 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
1608324249 (ISBN13: 9781608324248)
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I’m happy! I haven’t read any of the other three previous books in the “Webs” Series–this was my introduction, but after reading this I wouldn’t mind backtracking and reading the others.

This novel has a lot of chapters, but they are short and it is easy to find a place to stop so you can do normal daily activities, which I appreciated. From the beginning the story is really interesting and not like other novels. There is dimension and depth to the plot even at the first chapter. I found that I fell in love with these characters effortlessly and it made me want to stick around to find out what happened with them.

The mother in this story has real reactions. She isn’t a fluff character that seems to say “okay” and just accept everything at face value. I love it when characters speak more through their actions and reactions than they do through miles of dialogue. This author has done a brilliant job making you believe that what you are reading has actually happened.

There is very little sexual innuendo in this book and the scenes aren’t graphic in the slightest. I thought it was wonderful that there were no sidelines into extreme sex that detracted from the story. It really bothers me when that happens and it doesn’t seem to fit into the pace or plot of the story. This author kept her focus from the beginning and never shifted gears unexpectedly.

The mystery element of this book was done supremely well. You can guess, but you can’t quite grasp the entire story until the end. The family bands together through drama and trauma and is really the heart of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone, a very good, very surprising read.

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