~I received a copy of Love Gone Mad for review. Opinions are my own.~
I love a good suspense novel, especially one that makes you think you already know what is going to happen and then twists it on you. And no better author can do that than one who already knows its readers minds. Mark Rubinstein (who also authored Mad Dog House) is a physician, psychiatrist and an assistant professor of psychiatry who not only blogs for Huffington Post, but is also a contributor to Psychology Today. Having read his Bio before turning the pages in the novel, I already knew I was in for a ride. Authors like Rubinstein know what triggers us as readers, they probably already know what we are going to assume and thus have this incredible way of leading us all on… or so I assume. Love Gone Mad does just that.
When heart surgeon Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty, RN, meet at the hospital where they work, neither has any idea of the scorpion’s nest into which they’ve stumbled. Strange and frightening events begin happening to each of them; someone is after them both–and the stalker is not only brilliant and crafty, but vows to exact revenge for the ultimate betrayal. As things spin out of control, Megan and Adrian fight for their lives.
When a spine-tingling trial for attempted murder is resolved, things return to normal–or so it seems. But more chilling surprises await the couple as Love Gone Mad rockets to a conclusion that brings the legal, medical, and psychiatric communities to their knee.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was glued for two days refusing to work until I figured out what was going on, because so many events were like puzzle pieces and you had to put them together to solve the riddle. Although, by the time I thought I had it all figured out Mark Rubinstein found a whole other way to twist the thriller! The stalker in Love Gone Mad is a character that will sneak up on you in the most unexpected times and as it is currently around Halloween, a character that will find its way into your imagination until you find yourself locking doors against imaginary people.
Love Gone Mad would be the absolute perfect suspense/legal/thriller if it weren’t for the overly perfect love between Adrian and Megan. I go back and forth on this because on one part I think it makes perfect sense as things begin to seem ‘fated’. However, on the other hand it is too perfect. She shows all the blemishes and mistakes of an everyday woman which makes her very easy to relate to, however Adrian is more like a dream guy who is hard to believe could exist. Then again, he is also the ideal opposite of the stalker and the greatest representation of what “love” is if it is not obsession.
Overall, I think this is a great novel and has made me really want to go pick up Mark Rubinstein’s previous work Mad Dog House as well as look forward to any future work. He is definitely an author I want to keep tabs on! Speaking of tabs, if you didn’t get a chance to see Mark Rubinstein speak Live on Booktrib yesterday, you can still catch the video and see what he has to say about his new novel!
You can read more about Mark Rubinstein on his website as well as pick up Love Gone Mad for $11.04 on Amazon!
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