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Love Gone Mad Paperback – September 1, 2013
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He graduated from New York University with a degree in business administration. He then served in the army and ended up as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was so taken with these experiences that after his discharge, he re-entered NYU as a premed student.
He entered medical school at the State University of New York's Downstate Medical Center. As a medical student, he developed an interest in psychiatry, discovering in that specialty the same thing he realized in reading fiction: every patient has a compelling story to tell. He became a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in New York City.
In addition to running his private practice he developed an interest in forensic psychiatry because the drama and conflict of the cases and courtrooms tapped into his personality style. He also taught psychiatric residents, interns, psychologists, and social workers at New York Presbyterian Hospital and became a clinical assistant professor at Cornell University's medical school.
Before turning to fiction, Rubinstein coauthored five medical self-help books: The First Encounter: The Beginnings in Psychotherapy (Jason Aronson); The Complete Book of Cosmetic Facial Surgery (Simon and Schuster); New Choices: the Latest Options in Treating Breast Cancer (Dodd Mead); Heartplan: A Complete Program for Total Fitness of Heart & Mind (McGraw-Hill), and The Growing Years: A Guide to Your Child's Emotional Development from Birth to Adolescence (Atheneum).
Rubinstein's high-octane thriller Mad Dog House was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book Of The Year Award for suspense/thriller novels. His 2nd thriller, Love Gone Mad, was published in September 2013 and his novella, The Foot Soldier (November 2013) won the Silver award in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition, in the Popular Fiction category. His novel Mad Dog Justice (September 2014), tagged as a "pulse-pounding tale of post-modern paranoia," is a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. His novella, Return to Sandara, (October 2014), won the gold IPPY Award for Suspense/Fiction. His latest novel, The Lovers' Tango, was published on June 1, 2015. Order it today!
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Rubinstein used a lot of medical/legal terminology but told what each meant. Conrad was a tad to unbelievable. Thought for awhile that I was reading a science fiction book. Adrian, Megan and Marlee are quite believeable and easy to connect with, the later connection between Adrian and Marlee a bit over the top.
The story as a whole was good and definitely kept my interest. There was enough action and mystery to keep you wondering, although it was easy to figure out who the stalker was, you were left trying to figure out the why until the end of the book, which is good. Not everything should be given right out.
I for one will read another of Mark Rubinstein's books. Actually looking into getting his other book Mad Dog House.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense novels. I don't think this fits as a psychological thriller as much as a romantic suspense book
Adrian and Megan are likable characters, but they are somewhat underdeveloped. Their romance is rushed and a little too perfect. The dialogue between them is sometimes stilted and borders on being too sweet. While a few of the coincidences are a little difficult to believe, they are necessary for plot development.
Megan and Adrian's relationship is still in the beginning stages when a person from Megan's past reappears, putting them jeopardy. It is at this point in the story that the focus of Love Gone Mad shifts from Megan and Adrian to the man responsible stalking for them. I found the ensuing court case and insight into the perpetrator's mental state quite fascinating. There are some very interesting and thought-provoking points about the legal system and the not guilty by reason of insanity defense presented and I have a much clearer understanding of what this defense entails.
Mr. Rubinstein's writing is quite descriptive but too many extraneous and unnecessary details make the first half of the novel slow moving. However the pace of the story really picks up during the last half of Love Gone Mad. Mr. Rubinstein's expertise and ease with the subject matter is apparent and the writing becomes much crisper and more compelling. His explanation of the psychological aspects of the storyline is in layman's terms and easy to understand.
Mark Rubinstein's Love Gone Mad is an entertaining novel with a unique plot. There are some surprising plot twists that I did not see coming and I thought the novel's ending was brilliantly executed.Read more ›
The plot follows a tightly woven thriller's arc, with escalating tension and the certainty that things are going to end badly for at least some of the characters. Adrian and Megan are written a bit too beautifully to be completely realistic, but the beauty of Rubinstein's novel lies in the pacing and the plot. Each piece of the plot builds onto the one before so that the reader is invested, tightly wound, and truly interested in the plot twists and turns throughout the book.
Told from a shifting third person point-of-view, Love Gone Mad offers the reader a bit of insight into each of the characters' motivations and thoughts on the actions unfolding. The shift was a bit disconcerting the first time it occurred, but as the plot moved forward, I understood and appreciated the depth of perspective Rubinstein gives through the different points-of-view.
Rubinstein's supporting characters actually ended up being my favorite by the end of Love Gone Mad. Adrian and Megan were extremely likeable, but the supporting characters were a bit more nuanced. I particularly loved a psychiatrist, but I don't want to say which one lest I inadvertently provide any sort of plot hints!
Plot is paramount to a great thriller, and Love Gone Mad definitely has that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to other readers. Fairly predictable but good character development. The ending was a bit hurried though.Published 13 days ago by Kat Rogers
Kept me interested from beginning to end. I have recommended it to several people.Published 3 months ago by Dot
This book completely held my interest. It was exciting, fast paced and kept you spellbound until the very end. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Rambolady
This was one of those truly expert books with great descriptions and wonderfully described love and hate. I enjoyed the medical and law mix. Well done. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Margaret M.
Always enjoy a good thriller and this does not disappoint. There are twists and turns making you want to know what happens next.Published 4 months ago by Kylie M
Terrific. Author Mark Rubinstein is a master story teller. "Love Gone Mad" is the third book I've read from author Rubinstein. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim McCarthy Jr.
This book was a fast paced thriller, and very suspenseful. It concerns a deranged ex husband, Conrad, and his sick obsession with his ex wife Megan and her new boyfriend turned... Read morePublished 6 months ago by StaceyN