BOOK REVIEW - Toxic Effects by Dr. Joel Shulkin
(The Memory Thieves Book 2)
September 20, 2022
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Don’t forget to be afraid
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.
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 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: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
PRAISE FOR TOXIC EFFECTS:
“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
, 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.