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Adverse Effects

Adverse Effects

Book 1 in the Memory Thieves series


Joel Shulkin, MD


Fiction, Thriller

Publish Date

September 15, 2020

Short Description

Dr. Cristina Silva, clinical psychiatrist, has reason to worry when patients in her study group start killing herself: she’s taking the same drug. Afraid of losing recovered memories she’d lost in an accident that claimed her parents’lives, she searches for proof the drug is safe. Dogged by hallucinations, nightmares, delusions, and a commanding voice in her head, Cristina struggles to keep her wits while she battles real and perceived threats against her career and her life. As her mental state deteriorates, she must face the possibility she is going insane, everyone she trusts is against her, or both. Her search for her true identity has her dodging the drug company’s terrorist stockholders, friends who may be enemies, and the adverse effects of a drug that could destroy her.


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Determined to help her amnesiac patients recover their lives, Boston psychiatrist Cristina Silva is achieving near-miraculous results by prescribing Recognate, a revolutionary new memory-recovery drug now in trials. She understands her patients' suffering better than most, because she's lost her memories, too. Desperate to become herself again, she pops the same experimental drug she prescribes to her patients. And, like them, she remembers a little more each day.


Until one of her patients, a successful accountant, jumps from an eight-story window to his death. And as Cristina's memories return, with them come violent visions and an incessant voice in her head. Maybe the drug isn't safe after all. But discontinuing it would mean forgetting everything she's recalled and losing herself.


Then an enigmatic, possibly dangerous man appears at Cristina's bus stop. He seems to know more about her life than she does and says she holds a secret that puts her life in danger. Perilously balanced between an unknown past and a terrifying future, if she wants to survive, Cristina must stay on the medication and unlock those memories before it's too late -- even if the adverse effects of the drug could destroy her.

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