Toxic Effects (The Memory Thieves Book 2)
September 20, 2022
Blackstone, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon
Book trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FnAWUsX6VzI
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.
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
This book is all over the place. I’m blown away by it. It starts out very intensely. We see two people get killed! I’ll leave it at that. I do have to say that I haven’t read the first book yet. This book seemed to stand on its own for me, but I do plan to go back and read the first book anyway. I really love the writing style of this author. The author really knows how to pull the attention of the reader and keep it until the very end. I definitely recommend this book. I’ll have a more detailed review in another blog.