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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: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Love Gone Mad has an awkward pace, with every scene described in excruciating detail, often distracting from the story. The budding love affair between a single mother who escaped an abusive relationship and a divorced surgeon develops with lightening speed, and is so sappy it's almost funny. For example, the first time the woman's daughter meets the surgeon, she sheepishly peeks around moms legs, then whispers something in her ear. Mom later discloses at dinner that her daughter really liked him, and wants him to be part of her life.....after about a 30 second introduction. That's just a sample of what to expect. Meanwhile, the psychotic ex relentlessly stalks the couple using his super-human strength, sense of smell, and off-the-charts intelligence. We are reminded of his rippling muscles, cold eyes, massive shoulders, huge hands, blah, blah, and blah, every time he enters the story. In fact, the number of adjectives-per-page in this book could be a record.

In the middle of this muddled mess, the author decides to give the reader a lesson in the legal ramifications of insanity pleas, and in the process introduces more random characters described in far too much detail.

The only thing keeping me from a one-star review is the final few pages are kind of exciting, culminating in a fairly satisfying ending. But not sure it's worth it to get there.
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