Review: Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein

Love Gone Mad by Mark RubinsteinWhen 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 not only is 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 knees.

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Spoiler Alert: Love Gone Mad is not a sequel, but in order to explain my reaction to the story, I will be including spoilers in this review.

Review

It is rare, but on occasion I am unable to finish a book. I persevere as far as I can tolerate, but sometimes you just have to move on. I was able to make it long enough into the story of Love Gone Mad to have roughly one hundred pages left. This allowed me to find out the majority of the story, but meant I was missing the chilling surprises after the spine-tingling trial.

Well, I was able to find out one surprise, not necessarily spine-tingling, but it was the final straw that broke this camel’s back. I had to put the book down and walk away. I haven’t had such a reaction since reading Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer and that pivotal point of Bella falling pregnant.

What’s the relation to the two similar reactions? Disbelief. Pure, unadulterated, disbelief leading to a surge of annoyance and a touch of rage. Here is where the spoilers come into play. These people meet, never met before, and fall in love. The woman, Megan, has a six-year-old child, the ex, Conrad, believes the child isn’t his. Six years ago the woman was artificially inseminated with donor sperm without her husband’s knowledge due to knowing he would not submit to fertility testing.

Adrian, the new man in Megan’s life, was originally at Yale with Megan, but they’d never met. Then they both end up at Eastport hospital where their relationship ensues, but Megan has a whopping secret (her method of getting pregnant), which turns into Adrian having one too. Lo and behold, Adrian donated sperm during uni, when Megan was looking for donors, and he ends up being the father.

The likelihood of this is ridiculous. What makes it worse, and why it is the last straw for me, is because certain things in the story don’t give the impression of believability. I’m sorry, but this genius ex Conrad is just too convenient. He is formidable physically and incredibly intelligent. What the hell is his weakness? As a villain, there doesn’t appear to be one. He is an unstoppable force and I got tired of having his intelligence and his physicality explained to me. Very tired of it.

This is the other issue I had with Love Gone Mad, so much telling and not enough showing. The telling was sometimes told via the character’s thoughts, which can be ok, but when it becomes the main form of information sharing it can be tedious. Especially when the character’s have to explain so much about their actions, someone else’s actions, and the narration is explaining what’s going on in double to triple doses (as in each paragraph), it makes one feel as though the author behind the work was expecting very, very unintelligent readers to read their work.

There were times when there were thrills, short-lived, but they were there. Love Gone Mad began well and during certain scenes I felt the suspense, especially in the beginning with the bar scene and then the hospital scene. I feel these scenes and other moments helped to persevere with reading.

I always say the ending can make or break a story, but I don’t feel this would be the case with Love Gone Mad. With the amount of showing and the improbability of certain events occurring, as well as character types, I don’t feel there would have been enough tidy, exciting story-telling to wrap the tale up and make me satisfied. Perhaps if I was more of the romantic, fanciful type, I would have enjoyed it, but Love Gone Mad was just not for me.

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One thought on “Review: Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein

  1. That blurb sounded really exciting and different – but your review made it clear that this one is waaaay to complicated for me! And don’t you just love convenient coincidences? “Out of all the sperm banks in all the world, you had to walk into mine!!”

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