Adverse Effects

· Blackstone Publishing
3 reviews

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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.

3 reviews
Linda Strong
December 10, 2020
Psychiatrist Cristina Silva is participating in a study for an experimental drug that helps amnesia patients regain their memories. The results have been miraculous, so she not only prescribes the new drug to her patients, but also to herself. She's adopted this as her specialty because she, herself, lost her memories. And like her patients, she remembers a little bit more each day. All goes well ... until one of her patients jumps from a high-rise to his death. As Cristina's memories return, she develops violent visions and a voice in her head that just won't quit. She's afraid if she stops the medication, she will forget what she's just recently remembered. A stranger approaches her and says she holds a secret that puts her life in danger. From who? From what? Does she continue the medication in order to learn what her secret is ... even if it means she might turn psychotic? Or does she stop the medication, only to be killed by someone who knows her secret and wants her silenced forever? As this author is a developmental pediatrician and a USAF veteran with a masters in public health, I expected some degree of credibility .... I was not disappointed. Well-written, the plot is intricate. There are many, varied characters that may be bit confusing to follow as some have aliases, some have memories that might not be their own. Plenty of twists and turns will keep the reader riveted to the pages. Many thanks to the author / Blackstone Publishing / Netgalley for the digital copy of this medical thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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About the author

Joel Shulkin, MD, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and United States Air Force veteran with a master’s in public health. Having been lucky enough to be mentored by the legendary Michael Palmer, his short stories have appeared in various print and online journals, and he has won several national and local writing awards for fiction and poetry. He lives in Florida with his wife and twin daughters.

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