Brilliantly written, Cain’s Blood includes some of the most visceral descriptions, scenes, and chapters I’ve read in modern literature. The book induces emotional responses in the reader that not a lot of books do anymore. The themes of the book include: nature vs nurture, are the limitations of heredity (are there any at all?), morality and amorality and who defines the traits of each.
That said, the book is most assuredly not for the faint of heart, or those who mind crawling around in the dark depths of a serial killer’s consciousness. For those people, I suggest–very highly–reading the young adult companion novel PROJECT CAIN, which I read before venturing into CAIN’S BLOOD.
After reading PROJECT CAIN, I almost did not even give CAIN’S BLOOD a shot. I figured “oh, it’ll just be told from the pov of the military guy in Project Cain. How can they think that’ll be so different they need to make a second book? no one will read that.”
And then I picked up CAIN’S BLOOD.
And then I read the first page of the actual book, swept past the front matter and prologue.
And then my mind was completely blown.
Told through multiple points of view, the reader experiences the hunt for six boys who are clones of the most infamous serial killers in history, through the eyes of more than just the man hired to retrieve. We climb inside each of the six boy’s heads, at least once. We live in the mind of several of their victim’s as they are being hunted, and one girl whose mind is in league with those who preyed on her.
I really enjoyed the 360 degree view the multiple POVs provided and I feel the book would have fallen flat, for me, had it not included every last chapter Girard wrote.
Happy Reading. Happier Writing.
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.