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Adverse Effects

(The Memory Thieves #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  20 reviews
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 experiment ...more
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Published September 15th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
My thanks to Blackstone Publishing and Joel Shulkin, M.D.
I've read one other book by this author and I loved it. For some reason he managed to lose me with this. The other book I read was also complex. Maybe I was in the right frame of mind to follow it? This time I quit at 43%. Too complex. I love "to science!" I do sometimes have difficulties following the science. Not often..but this time for sure!
Still, I can't give this book a bad review. A year from now, when things aren't so mushy in my
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read Adverse Effects! I love any book where the storyline involves anything medical. This one is about Christina Silva, a psychiatrist involved with a medical trial for a drug called Recognate which is supposed to help her patients with amnesia regain some of their memories. Christina is very confident in this new drug because she has seen positive results so far with in her patience taking it. Christina herself has suffered amnesia and decides to start taking this drug o ...more
Linda Strong
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cristina Silva, a psychiatrist, hopes to help her patients recover their lost memories with a promising new drug she can’t resist taking herself, because she’s desperate to remember her past. Unfortunately, she gets more than she bargained for when the drug not only makes her remember things but also causes violent side effects that put her life at risk. Full of twists and turns, fans of medical thrillers will enjoy this fast-paced story.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Blackstone Publishing, Dr. Joel Shulkin, and TLC Booktours for a free copy of this debut novel in exchange for an honest review.

This book was action-packed! I wouldn't tout this as a thriller so much as I would a dangerous action adventure.

Dr. Cristina Silva is a successful psychiatrist in Boston who is prescribing a trial memory drug called Recognate to her patients, and having fantastic results. Until the fantasy shatters and her patients begin to exhibit signs of dissociative ide
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a mystery/suspense story about a Boston psychiatrist who treats people who have memory loss. She helps her patients get into a trial for a new drug and it works so well for them that she begins taking it too, because she also has memory loss from a bad accident. I don’t want to give too much away but there is a Total Recall-kind of vibe where people begin to remember memories that aren’t their own, or maybe they are..

I used to read medical mysteries years ago but stopped because eventua
Krystyna De Jacq
The plot grabbed my attention from the first chapter. I also work in psychiatry so it was double interesting for me. It is a page turner. Some people wrote that the plot was complicated and that there were too many characters. I found the plot clear, many turns and surprises. The number of characters is ok, not too many, just to keep the action going.
I strongly recommend
Teri Griffis
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What if you had no memories of your marriage, your family, your children, your career, etc, etc? Would you participate in a drug trial to try to get those memories back? Now remember, drug trials occur before FDA approvals. What could possibly go wrong???

This was an interesting, easy to read, "change of pace" book. Well written with an excellent female protagonist. Enjoy! 📚
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great and different read for me. I don't usually read medical thrillers, but it intrigued me and I was not disappointed.

It's very much pretty graphic from the start, but don't let that get to you. It's a great read with a lot going on so you're never bored.

Great read, and I highly recommend it!
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-new-author
First, a warning: the Prologue is a graphic murder scene, and that might put you off the rest of the book. But it shouldn't. While Adverse Effects is a thriller and people die, the Prologue is easily the most graphic scene. And you can channel the modern teenager and skip the Prologue. It won't affect your understanding of the overall plot.

So what is the story about?

Cristina Silva is a psychiatrist with amnesia. But there is a miracle drug, Recognate, currently going through medical trials, and
Soukaina Oujdad
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars
Cristina silva is a psychiatrist who was approached by a medical company to be part of a trial for "Recognate", a drug that can help patients with amnesia retrieve their lost memories. The treatment seems to have extraordinary results. All the patients enrolled in the study, with Dr. Silva are recollecting their lost memories.
Now Cristina herself is suffering from amnesia. 2 years ago, when she took part in a tragic accident that leads to her parents' death. believing in the efficiency
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Adverse effects details the experiences a psychiatrist faces with a new drug touted to supposedly restore memory in patients with amnesia. Her confidence in the drug is so profound she begins to pop them herself. However no drug comes with no side effects and soon she ends up way in over her head.

The concept was different which I appreciated but the topsy turvy, way off storyline was a bit much and I found myself skipping through a lot of it. Not my favourite.
Misty Williams
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
What would you do to gain parts of your memory or past? This was a fantastic book! It had alot of twists and turns. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read and review.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, actually.

Too many characters (made worse because most have more than one identity), too many plot twists, too much technical information. The result? Way too much of what could have been a good thing. Because of the subject matter - an experimental drug gone wrong - I wanted very much to love this book. But in the end, for the most part, I'm not at all sure I "got" what happened.

That out of the way, I'll try to summarize my thoughts on the plot: Christina Silva, a gorgeous Latina psyc
Diane Dachota
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of medical mysteries since I read "Coma" by Robin Cook back in the day. Cook was the top of the game in the medical stories but his last few books were very stodgy and not like the old Cook so I was looking for a new medical mystery author. Shulkin is a physician and not a bad writer, but the plot was not much about medicine at all. It seems like most of the newer medical mysteries are more about terrorism and foreign powers, making them political thrillers, not medical. This o ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I really didn't know what to expect going into this novel. Medical thrillers are not really something I have read before and I found myself pleasantly surprised and enjoying it quite a bit. Cristina is a psychiatrist who helps her patients with amnesia or dementia recovery memory by prescribing them an experimental drug that interestingly, she is also self medicating with under the radar of the drug company. She herself was in an accident that gave her amnesia, although she was able to remember ...more
Courtney Pate
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I was really excited to receive an arc of Adverse Effects. As a nurse, I thought it would be a great medical drama - especially since it's written by a doctor. However, I felt there was very little medicine involved. Even though the story centered around a miracle drug that helps you regain your memories, there wasn't really any patients. Everyone wasn't who they seemed. And there were A LOT of people. When more than a few came into scene, I had a hard time remembering who they all were. They di ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, sent-to-me
Cristina Silva is determined to help her patients; they have amnesia or some other form of memory loss and she wants to do all that she can to help them recover their memories. This desire is made all the more paramount to her because she herself has suffered from amnesia after a tragic car accident that took the lives of her parents, along with her memory. Thankfully there is a new drug being tested called Recognate, which is said to help people regain their memories. Things seem to be going qu ...more
Randi Robinson
This book is about a psychiatrist participating in a study on an experimental drug to help amnesia patients regain their memories. Herself a survivor of a traumatic injury in a wreck that killed her parents, she begins taking the drug herself. When two of her patients kill themseles she begins to get worried. When a mysterious hobo begins following her she gets scared. Then she starts having violent nightmares. Are these all connected? Is the drug the cause? She must find out if she wants to su ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Who is Cristina? That's the question she asks herself after she meets Sebastian on a bus and he tells her she isn't who she thinks she is. What she is, actually, is a psychiatrist who unwisely dosed herself with a miracle memory drug. She's seen several of her patients with amnesia do well with it but then one of them committed suicide. Was it the drug? What the heck is going on? Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Those who like Pharma-conspiracy novels should pick this up. ...more
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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 da ...more

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