Toxic Effects

Narrated by January LaVoy
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Pub Date 20 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 17 Nov 2022

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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.

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...


A Note From the Publisher

Book 2 of The Memory Thieves Series

Book 2 of The Memory Thieves Series


Advance Praise

“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


“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



Available Editions

EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781094023113
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
DURATION 8 Hours, 56 Minutes, 25 Seconds

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Featured Reviews

Title: Toxic Effects
Series: The Memory Thieves #2
Author: Joel Shulkin M.D.
Audiobook Narrator: January LaVoy
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audiobook
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Pub Date: September 20, 2022
My Rating: 4.2 Stars!

Zero Dark’ is back!!
Soon after Neuropsychiatrist Cristina Silva began her new job at the Longwood Memory Center, Cristina receives a phone call that she is in danger as an assassin killing anyone connected to ReMind. .
Another story line is Cristina’s ex-boyfriend, Police Detective Gary Wilson, who is investigating the deaths of local bright teens. These teens are not known to use drugs. However, before their deaths they had been exhibiting bizarre behavior. ~ Detective Wilson believes there is more to this and perhaps ’Sack Man’ is not just a video game character but something much more.
Another young man, Reggie Horne, is clearly in the middle and knows more than he is telling. He is a young black teen and is fearful that anything he says will be used against him.
I liked the Wilson parts of this story more than Christina and her alter ego but I was curious about ‘DB’ - Dama Branca, who like Christina, was robbed of her memory by Zero Dark.
The story had me hooked ~ could not put it down!! I liked it more than I thought I would.. I had concerns that the medical terms were going to be a bit much but since this is a bit Sci Fi the terms worked out great!!
It was a ride that I enjoyed.
~ I am ready for more Christina and Wilson in “The Memory Thieves #3”
Personal Note: I not a fan of profanity and hopeful there will be less in Book #3. Are you laughing?
Okay I know I am the only person alive who believes a sentence doesn’t have to contain an explicative!

I am a big audiobook fan and January LaVoy is one of my favorites. She always does a wonderful job in performing all the characters.

Want to thank NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing Audiobook for this early eGalley.
Publishing Release Date scheduled for September 20, 2022

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𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐋𝐄: 𝐓𝐎𝐗𝐈𝐂 𝐄𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐒 ⁣
𝐒𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒: 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝟐⁣
𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐑: 𝐃𝐫 𝐉𝐨𝐞𝐥 𝐒𝐡𝐮𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧⁣
𝐏𝐔𝐁 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: 𝟎𝟗.𝟐𝟎.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐀𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 ⁣

Nail Biting Medical Thriller⁣
Fast paced⁣
Exciting⁣

The Memory Thieves series just keeps getting better and better! Dr Joel Shulkin’s sophomore medical thriller surpassed my expectations. This series is phenomenal and works amazing as a stand alone. I read the first book ADVERSE EFFECTS in the Fall of 2020 and Shulkin does a wonderful job tying the books together. I slipped through this sequel easily and right away enjoyed being back in the world of ReMind, neuropsychiatrist Cristina Silva, and police detective Gary Wilson.⁣

𝐓𝐎𝐗𝐈𝐂 𝐄𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐒 is just so fun to read - with big pharma involved, human test subjects, FBI, femme fatale assassins, and memory thieves, I was highly entertained by this pulse pounding thriller that read like I was watching an action flick. Thriller fans, this one is a must read!⁣

Audio Review:
Such a well done audio narration that I enjoyed the book even more.

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Synopsis ~~
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.
REVIEW ~~
What an epic listen ! I really wasn't sure what this audio would be like but I thought I'd give it a go, its good to read outside your comfort zone once in a while and this audio did not disappoint. It was thrilling and complicated and utterly enthralling. The narrator, January LaVoy was great and brought the story to life brilliantly..
Christina is two people, weird? no not when you read about the mind altering and memory restoring drugs that she was experimented on. Her real self, Serena is still there in her mind but her new self Christina has been created. Complicated? yes, intriguing? yes, worth a listen? absolutely yes! I could go but this is such a in-depth book that it is just better to buy it and listen with awe and wonder, with a bit of "Oh wow I wonder if they can actually really do this?"

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