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Mary Rose -- from Adaptive Books

Who knows what ghosts lie within us, or when they will return?

Bright, spirited Mary Rose has everything to live for. A budding artistic career, a new American fiancé, a future as a respected, feted, society wife. If only her past would let her go.

The small Scottish island shrouded in superstition and sacrificial blood. The mysterious disappearance when she was a child, an event she has no real memory of; one hidden from her for decades. For no one ever expected her to come back.

But, twenty years later, she has returned home. Her mind tormented by macabre visions, her ears filled with terrifying chants and the cloying whispers better left to nightmares. For something truly horrifying happened to Mary Rose on that misty summer island. Something that haunts, and stalks, her and her entire family still. Something her fiancé Simon Blake, up-and-coming Philadelphia lawyer, activist and self-made man, decides he must unravel.

What starts as a simple inquiry soon becomes unrelenting terror, as Mary Rose’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic amid supernatural frights and devastating truths all while sorting through the growing web of pagan cultists, a local killer, her own family’s veiled dark past, and the island itself. Driven by each new, chilling revelation, Mary Rose and Simon learn all too quickly that some horrors only get stronger with the passage of time…and some family secrets were meant to stay in the dark.  

Based on the play by celebrated playwright of dark fantasy J.M. Barrie, a tale Alfred Hitchcock endeavored to bring to screen for decades, comes a modern tale of horror and suspense.

 Fall, 2017 
from Adaptive Books

Mary Rose

-- from Touchstone Books (a division of Simon & Schuster)  
A terrifying novel about the evil in each of us...

Developing new bio-weapons, the US Department of Defense has secretly cloned the world's most notorious murderers, to study their DNA and isolate the genetics of evil. The program contains dozens of young men who have no clue of their evil heritage -- including John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and the Son of Sam.

When the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator, escaping with a mysterious chemical weapon that could destroy an entire city, it's up to a former black-ops soldier to stop them. A man with demons of his own, 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 teen 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.

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 Praise for CAIN'S BLOOD:  
"Here's a book that truly deserves to be called horrifying. Does near-future science really hold such appalling terrors for all of us? I swear, this book kept creeping me out long after I finished reading it!"
R.L. Stine
"I'm betting the name Michael Crichton will come up quite a bit as people talk about Geoffrey Girard's deeply-twisted debut, CAIN'S BLOOD. And with good reason: Girard appears to have some of Crichton's DNA in his system--along with the always-advantageous Thomas-Harris mutation? thrown in for good measure. Girard knows how to tell a story; he knows how to bring in the necessary science; and he knows how to spill some blood. It all adds up to an awful lot of (very dark) fun for the reader."
Scott Smith, author of THE RUINS
"Harrowing horror so expertly conceived and delivered you can?t tell whether the fact or the fiction is scarier. Crichton meets King in this unholy genetic experiment..."
Warren Fahy, NYTimes bestselling author of Fragment
"Cain's Blood is a wild, peek-through-your-fingers scary ride. An ambitious genetic-mutant of a novel; think Michael Crichton's what-if science fiction spliced with evil government conspiracies, clones of infamous serial killers running amok, and the unlikeliest pair of haunted heroes holding it all together. I really dug this book, though I have to admit, I'm more than a little afraid of this Girard guy now. You will be too."
Paul Tremblay, author of THE LITTLE SLEEP
"This must be the highest-concept, most movie-ready idea of the year. Great fun to read, an updated Boys from Brazil that ably mixes nature-versus-nature dilemmas with horrifying scenes of slasherdom."
  "Like the best SF thrillers, Girard's promising debut is plausibly grounded in reality. Readers will hope that Girard, who gets the most out of his frightening idea, will continue this Michael Crichton vein in a sequel."
Publishers Weekly
"For horror fans with an interest in real-life serial killers and with exceptionally strong stomachs."
  "Compelling and repulsive.The detailed, ultra-gory descriptions of grisly murders perpetrated by the world's most notorious serial killers may make you sick. Literally. But the guy can write. A page-turner par excellence."
National Book Examiner
"Girard's thrillers leap into action and sustain the suspense from beginning to end with thought-provoking speculation."
Library Journal Review
  "A page-turner in the best sense, its thought-provoking themes of nature vs. nurture buried in the furious action of a good beach read. While it may wear the sheep?s clothing of a techno-thriller, Cain?s Blood has a heart that pumps pure horror."
"Girard is a masterful storyteller and his talent shines brightly with this novel. An explosive combination of fact and fiction."
Shattered Ravings
  "Mixes excitement, science, and horror in one hell of a thrillfest.
As thought provoking as it is exciting and terrifying. Fans of science gone awry will have a great time with CAIN'S BLOOD, as well as those who like Lee Child's REACHER novels but want something with a darker twist."
"Girard pulls out all the stops, providing readers with a frenetic, intelligent, scary, fun read."
Mystery Scene Magazine
  "A bit of JURASSIC PARK science, a touch of CRIMINAL MINDS-style intrigue, a whole lot of bestseller attitude... A very good book. The story flows, the ideas are grand and well laid out, characters (the few of true importance) are fleshed out and given real dexterity and depth."
"One of the most engaging reads of the year. Nice moral ambiguities and a realistic, flawed protagonist. Intelligent and, at times, touching."
Apex Magazine
  "Girard fills his characters with complex inner turmoil and conflict so that even when they are physically inactive they aren't truly inactive. Keeps the story constantly moving forward so that the book never lags."
"Not for the faint of heart. I had to put it down a couple of times because the details are so horrific. The author seemed to take great care to do his research, and it shows. Girard does not disappoint."
Horror News Network
  "This book is CRAZY, FREAKY, FRIGHTENING, TERRIFYING, and soooo much more! From the very first chapter I was HOOKED and even though there were some very gruesome parts, I had a hard time setting the book down. An excellent read!"
Heart of a Bookworm

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PROJECT CAIN -- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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?

2013 Bram Stoker award nominee for
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

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  Praise for PROJECT CAIN:  
"This book is an absolute grabber from the get go. Geoffrey Girard has taken an outrageous idea and made it utterly and terrifyingly believable. Fortified by solid historic and scientific foundations, the story is as convincing as it is frightening, with enough twists and surprises to keep even the most jaded reader captivated."
Todd Strasser, Edgar Award nominee and internationally bestselling author of THE WAVE and GIVE A BOY A GUN

"No reader could fail to be moved by this young man's predicament as he tries to figure out who and what he is. Neither is an easy book. I found myself putting them down for a while before I just had to pick them up again, especially Jeff's solo. If a reader of horror/ thriller fiction, these books are definitely for you. If that's not your usual choice but wish to try something different, you can't go wrong with either title...or both."
Romance Reviews Today
"There is only one word that comes to mind after reading a book of this magnitude: explosive. Also, on second thought, incredible works as well. Drew me in and did not let go. It is, quite honestly, both exquisite in its telling and terrifying in its concept."
Night Owl Reviews
  "Girard launches an ambitious experiment with this YA thriller. This tense, terse, and often nightmarish tale delves into the question of nature versus nature."
"In PROJECT CAIN powerful newcomer Geoffrey Girard brings serious game with a novel that blends science and horror in a killer of a thriller. Highly recommended."
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and EXTINCTION MACHINE
  "Jeff (Jacobson) elevates teenage angst to dark new levels. (Jeff and Castillo's) uneasy relationship becomes a strong point in both of Girard's novels."
Shelf Awareness
"Mind blowing... Not your usual, simple, everyday book. PROJECT CAIN is a little of everything: Action, mystery, history, science, and secret military projects. PROJECT CAIN caught my attention and it seems it's one of the best I've read in a while. It's a keeper"
As You Wish Reviews
  "[Project Cain] is as harrowing a coming-of-age novel as you are ever likely to read."
Mystery Scene Magazine
"Girard has given readers a thought-provoking work couched in the plot of a horror book. Written for high school students, but although it is dark and somewhat violent, it could be read by a good middle school reader. Recommended."
Library Media Conection
  "The author does such an amazing job with this book that you feel you are in the world with these killers. From the first page, you get drawn into the character of Jeff. If you want an amazing book that will stay with you and, in a way, have you rooting for a bad guy, pick this up. 5 out of 5 Stars"
Racing to Read
"Between fact and fiction PROJECT CAIN gives you a lot to think about. If you want a book that sucks you into an unhinged conspiracy universe, this is the book for you. Girard did his homework... the book is filled with a ridiculous amount of information on government projects and serial killers. I personally had fun Googling some of these far-fetched, but true, facts. I quickly attached myself to [Jeff's] character and felt completely sorry for him. Then I remembered he was Jeffery Dahmer?s clone and felt conflicted over liking him. Girard did excellent work making characters a reader can connect to."
Fantasy Book Review
  "I found myself thinking about this book even when I was not reading it, trying to decipher what was going to happen next... When I first started reading it, I thought the main point of view was slightly bland, but the more I got into the character's head the more that just became the character's voice and it ended up really adding a personal touch to the story because you can tell the author didn't write for that typical cookie cutter YA reader; instead he was writing from Jeff's head, like it or not. I personally liked it."
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Mein böses Blut by Geoffrey Girard     
German edition    

Cain's Blood and Project Cain are two different novels written about the same fictional event. In both, scientists have been doing unpleasant things and these unpleasant things escape. The two books explore the trouble/adventure that ensues -- and simply do so differently.

Cain's Blood
follows the story from a dozen viewpoints; mostly from former-army-Ranger Shawn Castilllo's narrative Point of View (the character brought in to fix things), but also via chapters/scenes from the POV of various killers, military schemers, evil scientists, and victims. All capturing the big picture as the full story unfolds. ["Rated R"]

Project Cain
is told from the POV of one character: Jeff Jacobson, the sixteen-year-old clone of Jeffrey Dahmer who has recently discovered his true origins and who is recruited by Castillo into helping, we hope, save the day. It's a much more personal story/journey told with the voice and reflections of a smart, lost and thoughtful teen. A thriller specifically written for younger readers (PG-13) and those adults still interested in young heroes. ["Rated PG13"]

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