Mary Rose -- from Adaptive Books
Who knows what ghosts lie within us, or when they will return?

Mary Rose and Simon are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they visit her home in England, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared on a remote Scottish island when she was a girl and reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot with no memory of what had happened.

Simon becomes obsessed with finding out what happened and, as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What they uncover is beyond their most terrifying fears.

Mary Rose is author Geoffrey Girard's chilling and modern take on a classic ghost story originally written by J. M. Barrie. And for years, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock attempted to adapt Mary Rose into a film but was never successful. With this novel, Girard taps into the nightmarish fears that inspired both Barrie and Hitchcock, while also bringing the story to the present day with his own unique voice.
  Mary Rose

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 Praise for MARY ROSE:
“MARY ROSE is that uncommon thing: an elegant, classic ghost story that is, at once, truly literate and truly scary. Filled with surprises and eerie mystery. Geoffrey Girard is a storyteller at the top of his game.”
- Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 NY Times Bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN and TWO IF BY SEA
  "An exceptional gothic thriller.
Girard's literary roots shine through, and the dread rises with every turn of the page. MARY ROSE will send a true chill down your spine. A haunting, scary, and beautifully written novel."

J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of LIE TO ME
"One of Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest regrets is that he never adapted J. M. Barrie’s ghost story MARY ROSE, but, thankfully, Girard took up the cause. Alternating between Simon’s and Mary Rose’s points of view, Girard’s claustrophobic and terrifying tale is populated with horrors both real and imaginary. Beginning with intense dread and ratcheting up from there, it offers satisfying twists and a chilling but beautiful ending. With its perfect blend of a domestic psychological-suspense frame and a compelling, supernatural-horror plot, MARY ROSE is a ghost story that should be suggested to a wide range of readers."
- Booklist
[★ Starred Review ★]
  The supernatural terror in MARY ROSE is masterfully invoked via a setting that quietly feeds on the past. Yet the novel’s most chilling element is its aching and desperate love story. The titular character is as multifaceted as a dark gem, and Geoffrey Girard’s genius is in his ability to cause fear of, and for, Mary Rose at the same time. MARY ROSE has the effect of burrowing under your skin, lodging next to your throat – and then your heart.”
- Vicki Pettersson
NY Times& USA Today Bestselling author of SWERVE and SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC series
"Girard’s eerie descriptions exploit the fear of the unknown and the unnatural, and secretive characters, including the enigmatic island, hide their intentions. This is a nightmarish tale of repressed memories and misdirection."
- Publishers Weekly
  "A lush and lovely piece of work this book is. A modern gothic, part not-quite-ghost-story-or-is-it, part shadowy romance laden with secrets of the past and mysterious folklore... leaving the reader with a haunting sense of unreality."
- The Horror Fiction Review
"Full of beautifully written but unsettling imagery. Girard forces the reader to linger over the darkest parts, making the reading experience one of creeping terror... I still find myself thinking about the story days later."
- Books Bones & Buffy
  "In a satisfying and eerie conclusion, a Sixth Sense—esque revelation is uncovered... This spine-tingling novel is recommended for horror fans."
- School Library Journal
"A page turner. Loved this book and can't wait to read more from this talented author. Fans of Rosemary's Baby,The Haunting of Hill House and other old style horror films and stories will fall in love with this tale."
- On the Broomstick Reviews
  "Was drawn into the book immediately. I loved Girard’s writing style... His descriptions were wonderful and made me feel like I was right there; immersed in the story being played out in front of me. Chilling and wonderful."
- Mystery Playground

TRUTHERS -- Carolrhoda LAB

Katie Wallace had never given much thought to 9/11. She’d been only two when terrorists struck America and the ensuing fifteen years had gradually relegated the tragic event solely to history books. But when her father is locked up for claiming to know what really happened that momentous day, Katie’s life, and connection to 9/11, changes forever. He insists he has evidence on who the real wrongdoers are, a nightmare conspiracy that will shatter America’s beliefs. More shocking, he claims that Katie herself is living proof, a survivor, of that true story.

To save her father, and discover her own past, Katie must navigate the clouded and secretive world of ‘The Truthers.’ A world of fact and fiction, of questions and distortion. With the help of close friends and new allies, and as she’s drawn into an ever more-deadly web of lies and long-hidden events, Katie finds the strength and trust within herself to face those trying to prevent the truth from being known.

Exploring the roots of our conspiracy-theory culture, the controversy of the 9/11 Truth movement, and the historic records of that fateful day, the speculative and introspective thriller TRUTHERS invites a new generation to learn about 9/11 and, also, the high costs, responsibility, and traps of searching for “truth.”

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Praise for TRUTHERS:
"In this intense thriller... Girard takes readers down a disturbing, provocative path; both sides start to make sense as information is revealed and theories are debated. It’s a fast-paced nail-biter with a resourceful heroine, packed with surprises that force readers to question every revelation and take nothing at face value."
Publishers Weekly
[★ Starred Review ★]

"A book teens will love. History, mystery, romance, action, and intrigue--all in one!"
YA Books Central
  "A beautifully written, captivating must-have that will hook readers from beginning to end. Girard has created a well-developed, quirky, tenacious main character for whom teens can’t help but root."
School Library Journal

"[Truthers] moves at a fast clip, and readers will get caught up in both the conspiracy construct (actual Truther theories are explored) and the romance that is as tangled as the web of confusion surrounding September 11."
"Examines one of the most critically-regarded events in history through the eyes of a tenacious teen who kept me up at night, challenging the things I'd previously regarded as fact. A deep, yet approachable story, both thrilling and touching."
Kristen Simmons
author of the ARTICLE 5 Series and Metaltown
  "Girard has created a high interest read that addresses questions many in our country may be afraid to ask. Like all good mysteries, every turn leads to a series of crooked trails. This fast-paced thriller will keep youth reading."
National Council of Teachers of English
"With compelling characters and non-stop action, Truthers will leave you thinking."
Mindy McGinnis
Edgar-winning author of A Madness So Discreet and The Female of the Species
  "Girard is a skilled storyteller, weaving history and conspiracy into a thriller that's bold, smart, and impossible to put down."
Natalie D. Richards
author of Six Months Later and One Was Lost

-- 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!"
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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     
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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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