“A riveting adventure into the world of memory control where nightmarish consequences await. Memorable characters and a chilling plot are certain to keep the reader turning pages deep into the night.” —Leonard Goldberg, author of the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mysteries
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.
“Fast-paced with nail-biting twists and turns, Adverse Effects plunges you into the pharmacological world of memory manipulation and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Five enthusiastic stars for Joel Shulkin’s medical thriller, a fascinating and gripping debut.” —Carrie Rubin, author of The Bone Curse
“Adverse Effects is a ‘step on the gas pedal and hold on tight’ read. An action-packed medical thriller that doesn’t let up until the very last page.” —Mary Lawrence, author of The Alchemist’s Daughter
“When heroine Cristina Silva’s nightmares start to become your own, you know you are reading a good book. Adverse Effects is such a book, an excellent medical thriller.” —Ken McClure, author of the Dr. Steven Dunbar series
“A thrilling biotech novel. This is a superb fast-paced book with excellent depth of characters and scientific background. Lots of easily understood biotech that provides the foundation for great suspense and lots surprises that are completely believable.” —Alessandro Boccaletti, author of Veritas: The Pharmacological Endgame
Joel Shulkin, MD, is the author of Adverse Effects, the first novel in the Memory Thieves series, and he has penned award-winning short stories and poetry. A pediatrician and United States Air Force veteran with a master’s in public health, Joel lives in Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Madeleine Lambert received her MFA in acting from Brown University and Trinity Rep. Her performances at Trinity Repertory Company include Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Belle in A Christmas Carol. Madeleine graduated with honors from Duke University with majors in theater studies and English and a minor in French. She attended the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago.