BOOK REVIEW - Toxic Effects by Dr. Joel Shulkin


Toxic Effects (The Memory Thieves Book 2)

367 Pages
Blackstone Publishing
September 20, 2022

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Book one Adverse Effects

Don’t forget to be afraid

Neuropsychiatrist Cristina Silva cannot escape her past. The voice in her head of her former identity won’t let her. Cristina also can’t quite manage to force herself to forget the ex-boyfriend she dumped: handsome police detective Gary Wilson.

Soon after beginning her new job at the Longwood Memory Center, Cristina receives a startling phone call from her contact at the FBI: an assassin is crisscrossing the country, killing anyone connected to the now-defunct pharmaceutical company ReMind—people like Cristina. The shadowy criminal enterprise Zero Dark is back.

Indeed, an assassin is tracking Cristina, a literal femme fatale known as Dama Branca. Like Cristina, DB’s memory was robbed by Zero Dark. Transfixed by the brilliant doctor, DB’s unsure what’s preventing her from killing Cristina. DB has memory glitches and longs to interpret them. Whether or not these have to do with Cristina, she doesn’t know, but she senses their fates are entwined—with any luck, not fatally.

Danger lurks in the shadows. Cristina’s spurned lover, Wilson, is investigating the suspicious deaths of local teens, convinced they’re not accidents. Before their bewildering ends, all the victims exhibit bizarre behavior, and there are now terrified whispers among their friends of a hooded boogeyman called Sack Man. One exceptional young man, Reggie Horne, is clearly in the middle of this bedlam. Wilson vows to prevent Sack Man from claiming Reggie as his next casualty.

And when Cristina’s in danger, Wilson is never far away. Just as it becomes apparent their two stories are entangled, the peril shoots sky-high. With at least one killer in their wake, they must quickly determine what’s real and what’s not. Unlocking Cristina’s memories could save many lives—her own included.

I received an advance review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Joel Shulking, MD and Travelling Pages. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

I am blown away; The Memory Thieves series is off to a phenomenal start. Dr. Joel Shulkin has outdone himself in his follow up to Adverse Effects. Having said that, this book works well as a standalone. I read Adverse Effects in 2020 and this book picks up where the other one left off while giving the reader the backstory needed to be on the same page.

I was immersed immediately and stayed up WAY to late to finish this one. I loved being back In ReMind along with neuropsychiatric Cristina Silva and Police Detective, Gary Wilson. I truly enjoy their chemistry as they go about solving crimes. I also like the banter between the two of them as they discuss possibilities.

I also enjoyed the adventure aspect of this book and what is not to love when you combine Big Pharma, ethics, human test subjects, FBI, female assassins, and memory thieves in one thrilling book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a thriller/medical mystery with a cast of entertaining yet suspicious characters. I look forward to book 3! 

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟




“Shulkin’s smart, page-turner Toxic Effects redefines crossed, crisscrossed, and double-crossed. A really great read.”

                -Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepless City


"A wicked smart medical thriller." 

                -Dea Poirier, bestselling author of Next Girl to Die and Find Me in the Dark


"This was my first medical thriller and I couldn't put it down. Joel seamlessly integrates more twists and turns than a Formula One Race. Highly recommend"

               - Brian Cuban, Bestselling author of The Addicted Lawyer and The Ambulance Chaser

Author Bio:

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 masters in public health, Joel lives in Florida with his wife and two daughters.

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