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From Publishers Weekly

There's nothing subtle or surprising about Rubinstein's one-note tale of obsessive love and insanity, and that includes the characterization, plotting, and especially the writing. He's got a story to tell, so by God he tells it, without the slightest nod to artifice or art. Surgeon Adrian Davis, divorced and consumed by his job, meets gorgeous nurse Megan Haggarty in the lunchroom of the New England hospital where they both work, and before he can even touch his chicken soup, he's madly in love and the feeling seems reciprocated. Megan's a single mom, and she's got a big secret. Her ex-husband, Conrad Wilson, "a brilliant madman," has arrived from Colorado, and he's determined to kill Megan,; their daughter, Marlee,; and Megan's new boyfriend, Adrian. Adrian and Megan escape a number of attacks, until Conrad is finally caught and put in a hospital for the criminally insane. There's no question he's going to escape, and in fact no questions at all as the story speeds to its inevitable conclusion. A giant twist toward the end will leave most readers more amazed by how Rubinstein (Mad Dog House) laboriously manages it than by what it actually is. (Sept.)

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Divorced heart surgeon Adrian Douglas is living a comfortable but lonely life after leaving his job at Yale two years ago to work at Eastport General. Everything changes after a chance cafeteria encounter with attractive RN Megan Haggarty. Adrian is instantly smitten and begins a seemingly idyllic relationship with Megan, but he soon learns that even the most perfect woman can have some secrets. One of Megan’s biggest secrets is ex-husband Conrad Wilson, a hulk of a man who takes possessiveness to a whole new level. Anonymous threats and vandalism against the couple soon escalate to life-threatening encounters, and Conrad is the prime suspect. As Adrian and Megan’s relationship grows, the rage in Conrad intensifies, with all of his negative energy channeled toward them. VERDICT Rubinstein’s second foray into the fiction arena (after Mad Dog House) is an intense thriller that promises readers surprising twists, heart-pounding suspense, and a bird’s-eye view into both the mind of a madman and a dizzyingly realistic account of how it feels to be stalked as prey.—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (September 2013)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Lake Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985626860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985626860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Rubinstein was born in Brooklyn, New York. He dreamed of playing baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers since his all-time hero was the Dodgers' first baseman Gil Hodges. Rubinstein played high school baseball and ran track. His love of sports led him to read sports fiction, and soon he became a voracious reader, developing an enduring love for all kinds of novels.

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 novels, include Mad Dog Justice (2014), Love Gone Mad (2013) and Mad Dog House (2012), which was named a Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award (Thriller & Suspense). His novella, The Foot Soldier, received the Silver medal for Popular Fiction in the Benjamin Franklin Awards for 2014. His new novella, Return to Sandara, has just been released (October 24, 2014). The author is presently working on his next novel, Lovers' Tango.

Customer Reviews

It has a great cast of characters that are well developed.
Trish Talley
I just started reading 'Love Gone mad' & I can't put it down so I have to go all the way & finish the book!
Butch Jocson
One that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final page is read.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Trish on October 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book I've read of Mark Rubinstein's. I found the book very difficult to get into. I had to push myself to keep reading past the 4th chapter but I believe you can't honestly review a book unless you read at least half of it. Very glad that I forced myself past the beginning chapters! Mr. Rubinstein gives way too many long, drawn out details. While it helps to visulize the characters in the book describing them down to the details of the color of the rings in their eyes, etc., gets a bit wordy and boring.

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
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By SJTHSZN on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book reads a bit like somebody learning how to drive a car with manual transmission. You think it will never get going, then it smooths out and you get somewhere, then bogged down again...repeat....repeat. It kept me reading until the bitter end, but it wasn't an entirely pleasant trip. The romance is sappy and the big surprise completely unbelievable. Not as far fetched as the premise of how the bad guy supposedly smelled out his prey, that was truly pathetic. If you can look past these flaws, the suspense and stalking plot is OK. I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a honest review.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Mark Rubinstein's Love Gone Mad is a suspense laden psychological thriller. Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty's burgeoning romance takes an ominous turn when a stalker sets his sights on the couple.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard on December 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It's both a legal and medical thriller with some very good suspense. I first read some of the reviews and didn't expect a great read. I'm glad I decided to give it a try. I would give it an R rating for language, so if that bothers you, be warned. It fits the character and I honestly couldn't see him talking any other way.
4 stars.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Angela_Amman on September 10, 2013
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Mark Rubinstein's novel is a thriller. A cardiologist and a neo-natal nurse meet in a hospital cafeteria, but their pasts aren't as far behind them as they'd like to believe. Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggerty are targeted by a madman, and the depth of Megan's ex-husband's obsession and delusions will force you to turn pages to see what he'll do next -- though you know nothing he does is going to be good.

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.
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