Review: Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein

All that ICU nurse Megan Haggarty wants to do is to start her life over.

Her first marriage was anything but happy and after numerous restraining orders and stalking orders, she thinks she has finally gotten rid of her ex.

She meets a dashing heart surgeon, Adrian Douglas, at the hospital where she works.

He is recently divorced and hopes to make a new life for himself in town and to have a more hands on approach to surgery.

When Adrian meets Megan they have an instant connection. They enjoy each other’s company and their relationship quickly develops into something more.

One night Adrian heads to a local bar where he is confronted by a stranger who begins threatening him. The man’s image is burned into Adrian’s memory…he will never forget the look in the mans eyes.

Soon Adrian and Megan’s lives are both in danger and Megan can’t help but suspect it’s her ex, Conrad,  that’s behind these attacks and threats. But they can’t prove it so basically the police have their hands tried and leave Adrian and Megan to their own devices.

This psychotic man has Megan and Adrian in his cross hairs…..can these new lovers stay together and stay alive long enough to prove that Conrad is behind these attacks? Or will the pressure of the life threatening attacks rip them apart or worse yet, leave one of them dead?

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 ‘comfortable’ with him and I thought this added to the suspense of the novel.

I didn’t care too much for the romance between Adrian and Megan. While I liked each of their characters individually, I thought the romance between them happened a little too fast for my taste and it just didn’t flow like I had hoped.

I thought the thriller aspects were written better than the romance aspects in this book….which I should hope would be the case because this is a thriller and not a romance novel after all.

Adrian was a solid character, I liked that he was strong and seemed to have his head screwed on pretty straight. I was in constant fear for him, especially after the night in the bar.

I thought most of the twists and turns in the novel were well done and were a surprise for me. I don’t know that I was COMPLETELY shocked by how things came together in the end but I was engaged enough to keep reading through till the end.

The writing style was pretty good, perhaps a little refinement would have helped the flow of the novel. For the most part things moved along nicely but there were a few moments in the novel where things got a little thick so perhaps with some refining they might have flowed better.

This novel is a good read, I wasn’t completely blown out of the water, but I was actively engaged in the story telling and the characters. It’s a quick read and had lots of intense and scary moments that will keep readers on the edge of their seats!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein

  • Paperback, 348 pages
  • Published September 1st 2013 by Thunder Lake Press
  • ISBN 0985626860 (ISBN13: 9780985626860)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 3 out of 5

Genre: Thriller, mystery, suspense

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

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