|Rita Morgan (Novels)|
- For the character from the TV series, see Rita Morgan
She is a signicant character to the novel series, she is the woman who Dexter uses as a disguise to fit in to society. Dexter's "love" for Rita seems less sincere than it does in the television series; he only considers her a part of his disguise. She has had two children from a previous relationship, Astor and Cody, who were abused by their father. They are, by a humorous misunderstanding, engaged in Dearly Devoted Dexter and married at the end of Dexter in the Dark. It is never said in the books how they met. In the books, Rita is also something of an exercise fanatic; she and Dexter regularly go for 5k runs, long bike rides, or weightlifting sessions together. In the fifth book, Dexter is Delicious, Rita gives birth to a girl, Lily Anne. In the seventh book, Dexter's Final Cut, she is murdered by pedophile Robert Chase after she caught him molesting Astor.
Dexter is Rita's husband, and father to her third child, Lily Anne.
Astor is Rita's oldest child, a girl.
Cody is Rita's middle child, a boy.
Lily Anne is Rita's youngest child. In the television series, she is replaced by Harrison Morgan.
Rita was married and divorced some time prior to the novel series beginning. Unlike the TV show, Rita's ex-husband is never mentioned by name, and has yet to make an appearance in any sort of capacity.
Deborah is her sister-in-law, from the third book on.
Brian is her brother-in-law, and realtor.