Review : Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

“Fifteen-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?

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I’m so dissapointed by this book. The premise sounded so very awesome. clones of serial killers?! YES. just YES.
but gosh, this was kinda boring.
first, i have to talk about the writing. there is no dialogue…and because of that, i found the plot to be hard to follow. The story is always cut by scientific infos, statistics, and long list of likes and dislikes of certain characters… but 80% of these are not useful to the story. it just make it heavy and boring. Do we really need to know that this characters dislike snow or do we need to know the entire biography of a serial killer? nop.
Jeffrey could’ve been one fascinating character. i guess learning that your entire life is a lie and that you are a clone of a famous serial killer would play with your mind. what i wanted to see was a moral struggle. i wanted a kid fighting is essence, fighting who he really is. but to be honest, i feel like Girard completely forgot to explore that aspect of the story. There is barely no character developpement… The mind of Jeffrey would have been so fascinating to explore.
Plus, his voice is extremely dry and that makes the narration pretty boring. there is no emotions when he tells is story.

overall, even with this epic premise, Project Cain was not well done. It focus more on the scientific research done by the writer than on the story itself…

Project Cain : 2/5

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