In The Deception by Laura Gallier, after the horrific Masonville High mass shooting, Owen is determined to uncover why the Creepers have converged on his land and the school—a necessary step toward his ultimate mission to drive evil forces out of Masonville. A supernatural visitor makes entrance into his life, claiming to have all the answers whole leading Owen down an intriguing yet dark life path. Meanwhile, the suicide epidemic is now compounded by abductions and murders—all unsolved cases. Owen and Ray Anne seek to intervene, but it seems hell itself is out to divide their commitment to each other and the cause. When Jess, Owen’s ex-girlfriend, re-enters the scene and her infant son goes missing, a divided community and a couple—Owen and Ray-Anne—must come together to save the day. As the rescue mission intensifies, Owen’s courage and conviction bring about clarity concerning his future, including how to eventually defeat Molek and his army of Creepers. Softcover edition.