Wednesday, October 26, 2011


By:  Stephen M. DeBock
Published September 17, 2011 by Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Available Format:  ebook

My Rating:  ★★★★★

Two months after their daughter was found dead along the Appalachian Trail, the police deposit a strange young woman on the doorstep of Nate and Ellen Stark.  This young woman cannot remember anything—her name, her age, her family—except the name, Lori Stark.  Despite Ellen’s hesitation, the Starks take the young woman in and she is soon as much a part of their life as their own daughter was.  Morgen, however, isn’t what she appears to be, and she quickly pulls the Starks into her dark purpose.

Since Stephen is one of my new favorite people (and he wrote the fantastic novel, The Pentacle Pendant), I just had to check out his other work.  As I suspected, I was absolutely not disappointed.  Morgen is a dark tale with an even darker twist.  I quickly forgot the synopsis and found myself on the roller coaster of mystery that overshadowed the young woman.  I wanted to believe she was good for some reason.  I wanted her to somehow be Lori.  I wanted but did not receive!  What I did get was a tragic story of several very kind yet unfortunate people.  And, I loved it!

Morgen is a short story, easily digested in one sitting.  It is a perfect introduction to Stephen’s impeccable writing style—his ability to draw the reader into a story so completely they are sad when it is over!