Cain’s Blood by Geoffrey Girard is the author’s debut novel that weaves together science, serial killers, government conspiracies, and the nature of good vs. evil and how or why people become the monsters that hunt people for pleasure.
“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. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.” – Cain’s Blood
Cain’s Blood is such an interesting novel. I really liked the idea of melding science, government type conspiracies, good vs. evil, and of course, nature vs. nurture together in a story about serial killers.
I’ve been interested in serial killers since I took a college course at UCF about serial killers (I have a Criminal Justice B.S.). The statistics and unknown statistics about this group of people will probably surprise you, and quite honestly, scare you like you never thought it would. There are more active serial killers in the United States than you probably think (I won’t give the number, you can look it up), and you have probably been to an area (if you don’t live there already) where serial killers like to frequent. It is scary stuff. The exact type of scary stuff that makes for an excellent novel, too.
Girard does a brilliant job with this debut novel. The characters were developed very well, and as a reader who knows a little bit about some of the characters already, I think he did a very good job with the research of them, too. He created a story that blends science, fiction, and reality which makes for a very suspenseful and often scary read.
This is the type of book that people intrigued with serial killers would of course enjoy, but also anyone who appreciates a suspenseful story that is based on real science that could be used by the government in real life. I definitely recommend this book.
* Thank you to the publisher of Cain’s Blood, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.