Adverse Effects

  • Author Joel Shulkin, MD
  • Narrator Madeleine Lambert
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 9 hours and 10 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Thriller / suspense fiction.

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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • “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
  • “Riveting from page one, Adverse Effects caught my attention from the very beginning. I couldn’t stop reading. You want this book.”

    Shiloh Walker, nationally bestselling author
  • “Joel Shulkin has crafted a superb novel that’s a tour de force of medical suspense. Electrifying and gripping, get ready for a spine-tingling story that will have you racing through the pages from the moment you begin.”

    Gary Birken, MD, author of Code 15
  • 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
  • “Fast-paced and full of surprises. Authentic medicine and plenty of suspense makes Adverse Effects one heck of a debut thriller.”

    Daniel Palmer, USA Today bestselling author of Mercy and The First Family

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