Girard, Geoffrey Project Cain, 342 pgs. Simon & Schuster BFYR (Simon & Schuster), 2013. Language - R (108 swears, 2 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - R;
Jeff has just found out that he wasn't really born, not like regular kids. Instead, he was purposefully created from the DNA of one infamous serial killer. And Jeff isn't the only one. Now the cloned-killers are loose and no one knows where they will strike next. The question is, will Jeff join them?
The premise is both cool and frightening, but the book itself turned out to be less intriguing than than I wanted it to be. First of all, half the book reads more like a history lesson on serial killers than as a mystery/thriller novel. Another bothersome aspect of this book is the lack of dialogue. There is none. Jeff, as the narrator of the story, relates his experiences, which does include conversations, but there is no structured dialogue with quotation marks. Furthermore, because Jeff is telling readers this story after the fact, there are several instances where he tries to foreshadow events, but they read like spoilers and thus took away some of the fun of reading. (Warning: this is a book about serial killers, so that's where the sexual content and violence stem from. This is not a book for the faint of heart or those prone to sleeping without a nightlight.)
HS - NO. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen