About the book:
- Love Gone Mad
- by Mark Rubinstein
- Category: Mystery / Thriller
- Pages: 348
- Expected Publication: September 1, 2013
- Publisher: Thunder Lake Press
- Rating: 3.5/5
- Received From: Thunder Lake Press for an honest review
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.
Mysteries and thrillers are not really my thing, but I just couldn’t pass this up after reading that synopsis. It was a win on one hand a a lose on the other… Here’s why:
The win! Mark Rubinstein has an utterly amazing, very lyrical and nearly magical way of writing. I was drawn in by every word, every description, adjectives that were flying off the page and dragging me in to this story. It was nothing short of awesome. I read one chapter where my jaw was literally hanging open, needless to say, Mark Rubinstein can WRITE. I am a new fan, completely!
The characters were compelling and immediately I felt drawn to them. To their stories, to their dreams, their hopes, and to the lives each thought they left behind. Both of the main characters, Adrian and Megan, have something special about them and yet they each have something they are running away from. I felt like this made them more human, and it made me like them all the more.
Now, the iffy… As I said above, I’m not really into thrillers. This is definitely a thriller. There is drama behind every closed door, and what made that work is Mark Rubinstein’s writing, however, it just didn’t work completely for me. But I would never want to deter someone who IS into thrillers from reading this. It’s an edgy, well thought out, riveting story, and one I think many will enjoy!
I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Mark’s writing. Even if they are thrillers. His writing feels like you’re being thrown into a new, stimulating world. Just be ready for the ride!
About Mark Rubinstein:
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. After discharge, he re-entered NYU as a premed student.
As a medical student at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center, 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 becasue of the drama and conflict of the cases and courtrooms. 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 still practices psychiatry and is busily writing more novels. His high-octanne thriller Mad Dog House was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book Of The Year Award for suspense/thriller novels.
He is a contributor to Psychology Today magazine and a blogger for The Huffington Post. His second thriller Love Gone Mad is due in September 2013.