Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

PCFifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago. But Jeff’s life changes forever when the man he’d thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory only seven years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning experiment called ‘Project CAIN’.

There, he was created entirely from Jeffrey Dahmer’s DNA. There are others like Jeff—those genetically engineered directly from the most notorious murderers of all time: The Son of Sam, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy . . . even other Jeffrey Dahmer clones. Some raised, like Jeff, in caring family environments; others within homes that mimicked the horrific early lives of the men they were created from.

When the most dangerous boys are set free by the geneticist who created them, the summer of killing begins. Worse, these same teens now hold a secret weapon even more dangerous than the terrible evil they carry within. Only Jeff can help track the clones down before it’s too late. But will he catch the ‘monsters’ before becoming one himself?

Source:  ARC via Simon & Schuster

Story Breakdown:

One day Jeff Jacobson’s “father” changed everything.  H tells him his entire life is a lie and that not only is he not his father but Jeff is a clone of serial killer Jeffery Dahmer.   One of many created in a lab in the name of government research, most of whom his father has released into the world.  With more questions than answers Jeff tries to help former special ops officer Castillo in locating others like himself before things get out of control.

Character Highlights:

Jeff – It’s interesting to see a serial killer (that’s never killed anyone, at least the clone version) and how his mind works.  From reading his POV I definitely got a the vibe that though he cared enough to not kill there was a lack of connection to people.

Castillo – Very gruff.  I’m interested to see more from his POV in the next book to see what his thoughts and reactions really are.

Overall Thoughts:

Ok I know I’m not alone.  Serial killers are fascinating to me though not to the point that I want to meet one, marry one, or anything of that sort.  Buuuuttt I do watch TV specials, read articles from time to time and every Halloween I find out about a new one when the local radio station does “Dead Guy in the Envelope”.  This was definitely written as a teen with the biggest thing being a severe overuse of the word “like” which was hard to overlook but I do have to say it helped because I definitely got that Jeff was just a teen.

This book was very dark and very disturbing but what do you expect, reading a book about serial killers?  I think the added pictures of the serial killers themselves as well as discussing past victims and the government uses for the project made this story seem much more relevant and a bit more like a real possibility.  I think this would be a great pick for anyone wanting to step outside the normal horror book but probably isn’t something you want to read alone or at night.



Project Cain has a parallel adult fiction book titles Cain’s Blood that comes out on the same day (my review will be up tomorrow).  So I decided to “borrow” the round table feature from our SC posts and come up with a couple possible discussion questions for you guys when/if you read these:

Project Cain Mini Round Table:

1.  Project Cain highlights quite a few government secret projects and cover-ups or depending on your views “conspiracies”.  Is there one (or maybe more) that completely shocks you more than the rest?  One that you think is complete hokum?
2.  Society as a whole has a strange fascination with serial killers.  What do you think drives that?   

3 thoughts on “Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

  1. bookgoonie September 3, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply

    WOW! How dark & creepy! My love for I Hunt Killers has me very interested in this book.

    • Gone Pecan September 3, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

      I’m interested to see what you think! I’m still in this frame of mind so I think I will try to start Game soon. 🙂

  2. […] adult parallel novel to Project Cain, Cain’s Blood starts slightly behind PC following the same storyline.  While you see a bit […]

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