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Love Gone Mad

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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 s ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Thunder Lake Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mark Rubinstein
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
How could I not love this book. I slaved over it. It's a work of love. ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Love Gone Bad...because that's what this book is...bad

Two-Sentence Premise: Man and woman meet at work and fall in love, only to be stalked by the woman's psycho ex-husband. Horror-movie plot twists ensue.

What Worked: The first few chapters felt promising, with a vibe of "what's happening here?"

What Didn't Work: Everything after the first few chapters. The two main characters were thinly drawn and much too archetypal. There was no real emotional connection with them. Plus, their dialogue was so
The Lit Bitch
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I love psychological thrillers and this one didn’t disappoint when it comes to in depth knowledge of mental illness and the mind of a mad man. Rubinstein really did a lot of research on his subject matter and it was presented well.

Sometimes I felt like the information was overwhelming but it didn’t put me off to the novel as a whole….I just had to take a few extra minutes to process the info. Conrad’s character was very well developed. He was highly intelligent and crafty….I never felt ‘comforta
Boxy Frown
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
This story had a lot of interesting elements, but ultimately I felt like it was too much and too little at the same time. There was so much time spent on inconsequential details that the actual story was sometimes lost. The villain was relentless and described sometimes with hints of paranormal, but that wasn't the case. Finally, the relationship between the love interests was pretty much uninteresting.

On the bright side there were some intriguing plot twists and as a concept, the story had so
Chris Torretta
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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,
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dr. Adrian Douglas and nurse Megan Haggarty are in a relationship with each other. It is a complicated one. Of course what relationship is not without there own set of problems. Only their relationship involves Megan's psycho ex-husband and someone more dangerous who is playing with Adrian and Megan.

This book sounded really good and this is why I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, this book did nothing for me. I found myself more just going through the motions of reading and not really comprehen
Bert Edens
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Through NetGalley I received an eGalley of this book from Thunder Lake Press for the purposes of reading and reviewing it. While it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give it a positive review.

This book is essentially a thriller with a love interest thrown in as part of the plot. In a nutshell, Dr. Adrian Douglas is very talented and handsome cardiovascular surgeon. He meets Megan Haggarty, a drop-dead go
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Terrific. Author Mark Rubinstein is a master story teller. "Love Gone Mad" is the third book I've read from author Rubinstein. Each gets better and better than the previous book. "Love Gone Mad", is a spine tickling thriller that casts a looming shadow of evil, manipulation, and extreme violations. It took me just over 24 hours to read this 344 page sinister story. (It gets dark too early these days). This riveting tale had me hooked by just having to keep going to see what comes next. Doctor Ad ...more
Melanie H
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book as a First Read book from Library Thing. I couldn't wait to get started on it, because quite honestly I loved the cover. I've never read anything by Mark Rubinstein, so I truly did not know what to expect. The book starts very descriptive, almost too descriptive at first. We learn how Adrian's beer feels when it hits the back of his throat and what it feels like in his stomach. This, at times, can make the plot go very slow. I think there is something to be said about too ma ...more
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Solid 4 stars for this bone-chilling thriller. Extended review available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF

If you're looking for an adrenaline-spiking thriller, you don't need to look any further. Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein will fit your bill. I breezed my way through its streamlined plot, archetypal characters and primal emotions: a shifting third person POV in the present tense narrative style isn't exactly my comfort zone when it comes to reading, but once I go
Neyra ♦

Actual Rating: 1 ½ Stars

I found Love Gone Mad on Netgalley while I was one-clicking away, and I was really interested in the story. Mystery-Thrillers are my sort of go-to genre when romance just isn't doing it for me at the time, so as I've been in a sort of rut lately with just about every book, I thought why not? Well, I believe the only good thing about it was that I loved the psychological aspect of the story, which is why I got the book in the first place. Unfortunately for me the plot
Amy H
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that this finally made my thriller mystery kick come to an end. this was a very good book. it reminded me of a horror movie that I would love to watch.

Megan is a nurse for little babies. she saves their lives for a living. she has a crazy ex husband. she had to get numerous protection orders from him and he still stalked her. finally after 2 years she thought she finally got some relief. she was wrong! Megan has a
Lara Kleinschroth
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
From Netgalley for review

This one starts off well - in the first section we meet Adrian and Megan and get to know them a little as they get to know each other. Then her past catches up with her, all hell breaks loose, and the rest of the story goes downhill from there. There are a couple of intense scenes as Megan's ex-husband Conrad tries to kill them, but then the section with the court case is dry and over-long. From there we stop spending any time with Adrian and Megan at all - character dev
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I receive this book in the First Reads giveaway. The cover was intriguing and I was excited to read the book, giving the details on the back cover.

This story is about Megan and Adrian and how they met at the hospital and fell in love. An incident happens in the beginning of the story and makes you wonder how this will be included in the story. Later on, we found out about Megan's scary ex-husband, Conrad, and how he starts to stalk the couple. As the story progresses, we find out more about the
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for completely blowing my mind.

TITLE: Love Gone Mad
AUTHOR: Mark Rubinstein
GENRE/AUDIENCE: Adult psychological thriller/horror movie on paper

REVIEW: A book that put me on the edge of my seat like nothing on a page _ever_ has before...and had me checking my pounding pulse! This is like a horror movie on paper.

While Adrian Douglas. MD and Megan Haggarty, RN are meeting in a hospital cafeteria and then falling in love, Megan's ex-husband is plotting revenge for her betrayal, as he claims
A seemingly random confrontation with an angry man in a bar leaves Adrian Douglas feeling uneasy, and for good reason. In the weeks following, he meets Megan Haggarty at work, setting off a series of events which demonstrate that coincidence is a much rarer occurrence than one might believe.

The basic premise of the story is intriguing and the story has a few twists to keep the reader interested. That being said, the writing was a bit off-putting at times (though, for me, a present tense narrativ
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nov-13
Love Gone Mad is a gripping psychological thriller giving us in depth knowledge of mental illness and the mind of a mad man.
Dr. Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty RN meet at the hospital and are instantly attracted to each other. Their relationship blooms in the midst of being stalked by Megan's scary ex-husband, Conrad.
Filled with intense and chilling moments Rubinstein delivers a well-researched, action-packed, adrenaline-spiking, thriller.
I must add that Conrad is on of the creepiest character
Abernathy Peterson
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes I loved, loved, loved this. I received an egalley copy provided for librarians. I cannot wait till the final print version comes out. I also really want to read his other book. This was a thrill ride, I couldn't put it down. I recommend it highly. ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein
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I couldn't put this book down. Full of suspense. I was amazed at the twist and turns of
the story. This truly is a well crafted novel that I highly recommend.
Extraordinary read!!
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although the love story part of this book was a little too much for my taste, the creepy, thriller part more than makes up for that. Had to keep reading to discover what would happen next and what this crazy guy was going to do next. Recommend.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Adrian met this girl named Megan they're both working at a hospital. But her ex shows up also he's stalking her and Adrian. You will love this book and the author.
Alison Wright
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really good book. Kept me on the edge of my seat!
Book Info

348 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2013 by Thunder Lake Press
ISBN 0985626860 (ISBN13: 9780985626860)
edition language English
Source:Netgalley EARC

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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 t
Kiran Kumili
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A deadly fiction based on psychiatric disorder of a man who loved his wife very much.

Storyline: Conrad Wilson, a sexually abused child by his adopted father, grows up to be physically strong but with a psychiatric ailment called paranoid delusional disorder. He believes that his beloved beautiful wife Megan Haggarthy cheated upon him by bearing a girl child which doesn’t belong to him, but of a person called Dr.Adrian Douglas, a cardio surgeon. The reason behind which he ventures to kill both of
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nothing spells fall for me more than suspense thrillers and Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein delivers a fast paced, chilling twist on a tried and true trope. From the author’s voice to the characters themselves I could not put this down. Three word review: thriller, compelling, and fascinating.

Adrian Douglas is a divorced middle-age man surgeon who meets Megan Haggarty, a RN at the hospital, and they begin a relationship. A strange man approaches Adrian at a local bar he has become a regular in.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.0 out of 5 stars - Doctor meets nurse. Instant relationship. Couple is terrorized by nurse's ex-husband (a strong, brilliant madman) intent on killing them both.

I found the story and the romance quite ridiculous. The overlong action scenes involving Adrian and Megan in peril almost got the best of me. As did their "true love at first sight" drivel and the unending descriptions of how beautiful Megan was ad nauseum. Most of the time she was having a panic attack, breakdown of terror, and freaki
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very suspenseful!

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 husband #2, Adrian. The storyline itself was somewhat predictable. The story was a bit over the top, but let's face it, that is what fiction is all about. If we made a fiction novel about my life and adventures, everybody would fall asleep by the end of the first paragraph. Now, I thought the lead charact
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
When reading a book by a great writer you feel as though the author is standing down a hallway calling to you in a quite voice to follow him along and around the corner, and because they are so good at what they do you trustingly follow unable to say no. However, with this story I often felt that the author was standing behind me with a strong grip around the back of my neck forcing my down that hallway in the direction he wanted me to go. The book was overly descriptive which bogged the story d ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I found Love Gone Mad to be a very original book. The writing style was refreshing and engaging. I felt very sympathetic toward the main characters, and it would be difficult to find a more menacing, eerie villain. The storyline was fast paced and kept me captivated throughout.

Adrian Douglas, a doctor, and Megan Haggarty, a nurse in the same hospital, feel an immediate rapport when they meet, and soon begin a relationship. Odd things begin to happen to both of them, and it soon becomes evident
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Very intense, with several plot twists, I did not want to put this book down. I only gave it 3 stars, however, due to the way it was written. The author's sentence construction is very abrupt. While quite a few parts of this story lend themselves to such abrupt, short, specific sentences, the whole book should not be that way, which it was. He also went way too in depth in the specifics of things, explaining too much about the backstory of characters (minute, unneeded details that did not affect ...more
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Mark Rubinstein graduated from NYU with a degree in business. He then served in the army 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, he developed an interest in psychiatry, discovering in that specialty the same thing he realized in reading fiction: every pat

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