A terrifying debut novel about the evil in each of us: when clones of infamous serial killers escape from a secret government facility, it’s up to a former Army Ranger to stop them…with the help of a teenage killer clone. Trying to develop a new breed of bio-weapons, the US Department of Defense has secretly cloned the world’s most notorious murderers, hoping to study their DNA and isolate a genetic predictor for evil. Now in Stage Three, the program contains dozens of young men who have no clue of their evil heritage—including Albert Fish, Ted Bundy, and David Berkowitz. Enacting a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, the 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—escaping with three canisters of a mysterious chemical weapon that could destroy an entire city.
A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Shawn didn’t count on the quiet young boy 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 as unlikely allies on the trail of the rampaging teens’ increasing violence, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope.
Source: ARC via Simon & Schuster
The adult parallel novel to Project Cain, Cain’s Blood starts slightly behind PC following the same storyline. While you see a bit more detail from Jeff’s POV, CB is mainly Castillo’s POV with chapters told in the POV of several of the serial killers released as well as Jeff’s “father” Dr. Jacobson.
Castillo – I liked finally being able to know what he was thinking and learning what his dreams/nightmares were about. It was interesting to see how the same scene but told in another’s POV changed so much.
Jeff – Not much changed for Jeff. I still feel a bit sorry for him, especially after seeing things in the other killer’s POVs.
The “Others”- I’m not going to lie, while I found their chapters fascinating I was extremely bothered by them. I realize they are serial killers but the utter lack on compassion was very jarring. You really feel just how detached they truly are with others.
I think in comparing PC to CB I preferred Cain’s Blood because we got to see more into the minds of Jeff’s “father” as well as the other serial killers. Now with that being said, I found Project Cain somewhat disturbing so you can imagine my reaction to Cain’s Blood. The subject matter here is obvious dark and you are dealing with serial killers so expect explicit murder scenes and horrific crimes. I think reading something so out the box for me was a refreshing reading wake up call and I truly enjoyed these books (in a non-creepy way). Anyone looking for a good scare should definitely pick these up!