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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.

Praise for Adverse Effects

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

”Fast-paced and full of surprises. Authentic medicine and plenty of suspense make Adverse Effects one heck of a debut thriller.” –Daniel Palmer, USA Today bestselling author of Mercy and The First Family

“An edgy and thrilling novel sure to hook readers from the get-go.” –Bookstr’s Three to Read

What started as the tense curiosity of wondering why someone would choose to sit directly behind me on an empty bus in Boston evolved into a twisted tale of deceit, medical malfeasance, and fear. Though a work of fiction, the potential threats faced by Dr Cristina Silva remain as real now as they did back then, even under the shroud of a pandemic. When I started writing ADVERSE EFFECTS what now feels like a lifetime ago, I never dreamed that the characters would become so alive they would move me to write a series, with Book 2 launching in 2021. As I prepare to release this book into the world, I look at my other babies, my twins—incredible little girls who will one day be strong. fierce women like their mother—as inspiration for Cristina and the other resilient heroines in my books.

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