Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.
The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope.
As someone who is very interested in serial killers and especially their characteristics and what makes them become such cruel monsters, this book was a must read for me. And Geoffrey Girard plays around with this topic in an interesting and gripping way.
Geoffrey Girard gives a lot of information about the most known serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy. With boys being cloned from serial killers’ DNA, Shawn Castillo as the detective needs to know all about them, how they killed and how many were murdered by them.
But even more interesting than that are all the facts about the research regarding theses boys and the possible answers to the question of what makes them the people they are.
By getting to read all this through different perspectives we also get to be in the head of some of those clones which gives some interesting insight on how they think and why they act the way they do, especially those who really turned out with tendencies to killing.
On top of an extremely interesting story we also get action en masse. Being a book for adults this provides some very gory details about the killing spree some of these boys go on, something which is totally my cup of tea. Besides the obvious storyline there is also something going on in the background, revealed bit by bit which makes the whole story even more suspenseful.
Cain’s Blood is an action-packed, fast paced and cruel story that’s a must read for fans of stories about serial killers. I’m very excited to read ‘Project Cain’, the companion YA novel, telling the story of one of the teenage boys I already got to meet. I definitely want to know more about him and get an even deeper insight into his story.
Thanks for the review, the book seems extremely interesting. And I love it when there is a more hidden backstory and well-developed characters. I guess I have to buy that book sooner or later. ^^
Sebastian // Büchermonster
As I already mentioned on Twitter before, this book went straight to my wishlist after I read you review.
The story sounds really interesting to me though I always wonder how authors come up with plots like this, cloning the most cruel serial killers for a new bioweapon :D
Besides I really like books with references or background information on real crime stories, especially when they are about serial killers (a reason why I loved for example Jon Osborne’s “Kill me once”).
But I think I might wait for the Paperback being released in October because 19€ for the HC seems a little bit too much for me ;-)
Sebastian // Büchermonster
Damn, just realized it’s the audiobook that’s coming out in October and not the PB. Meh… :D
Too bad :D (But it’s worth the money!)