Luke Morgenstern is a fraud investigator. He has had a few rough years. He has some injuries from a bad car accident and his professional ethics have been called into question leaving his career in tatters also. This is how he comes to take a case of possible art fraud from a mysterious client. Luke finds himself at a lonely cabin in the middle of nowhere looking for an artist who is forging famous paintings. Imagine Luke's surprise when he finds his ex-lover Stefan Cobbe at this lonely cabin.
For Stefan the past few year years have not been any better. He was left with nothing when his older lover died expectantly. Destitution has brought him to where he is today. Stefan suffers from loneliness, low self-esteem and more importantly black outs he can't explain. His broker assures him he has been painting but Stefan has no memories of it.
Luke is shocked to see Stefan at this cabin and their reunion is painful for both of them. So many things were left unsaid in the past and emotions still ride high between them.
What follows is an action packed story with a paranormal twist. The storyline was unique but the execution of the story was not as smooth as I felt it should be. The events jumped from one big event to the next with little development of Luke & Stefan's relationship in between. We were told how much they cared about each other but it wasn't shown and I didn't feel it. As a reader I was not drawn in to their story and I did not have any feelings, good or bad, for the characters. For me this was just an OK read.
Nothing gives art fraud investigator Luke Morganstern a bigger rush than busting forgers, the low-life criminals who dare victimize true artists. But when his latest job sends him to a remote cabin in the Oregon Coast Range, he’s stunned to discover the alleged forger is his former lover, Stefan Cobbe, the most gifted painter Luke has ever known.
Stefan, left homeless and destitute after the death of his wealthy partner, doesn’t exactly deny the forgery -- he claims he doesn’t remember, an excuse Luke can’t accept.
But Luke’s elderly client suggests Stefan may be telling the truth and presents another possibility – a dark presence in the woods, a supernatural fury simmering for decades. Luke must face down his fear of the uncanny – and admit his feelings for Stefan – if either of them is to survive.