Instapundit.com featured Beyond Bedlam’s Door in their April 4th news update. You can read more here.
Deborah Kalb spoke with Mark Rubinstein about Bedlam’s Door for her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb. You can read the full interview here.
Mark Rubinstein’s eye-opening “Bedlam’s Door” (Thunder Lake Press, $15.95, 280 pages) might not be fiction, but it certainly helps us better understand the methods and motivations of the psychologically damaged who populate both sides of the genre.
Rubinstein, who practiced psychiatry in the military and afterward, has framed his book around a series of case studies that, taken as a whole, strive to provide a keen and often scary grasp of what makes people do the inexplicable. For our consideration, he presents patients who suffer from a myriad of conditions, from surgical addiction to identity disorder, trauma, and depression, just to name a few. All in captivating prose that provides a unique insight into the fragility of the human mind.
In reading “Bedlam’s Door,” I couldn’t help but be struck by how Rubinstein’s well thought-out conclusions apply to a literal rogue’s gallery of fictional villains, as well as heroes, from Hannibal Lecter to Jack Reacher, from Darth Vader to Batman. A masterful treatise on mental (un)health, as professionally polished as it is riveting.
Bedlam’s Door was reviewed by Elise Ronan on the blog Journaling on Paper. In her review, she writes that “Dr. Rubinstein’s book is unique in that it presents those with mental heath conditions as the fragile human beings that they are.” She also adds a personal note, in closing:
In all honesty, one of the largest problems we faced over the years is the lack of compassion by society at large. Dr. Rubinstein’s book will provide an understanding and recognition about the humanity of those dealing with various mental health conditions. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a career in social work, education, medicine, and even human resources.
You can read the whole review here.
Bedlam’s Door was featured on the BookSpin blog, as an “On the Radar” book. The post notes that:
Bedlam’s Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, their families, health-care professionals, and society. More importantly, it demystifies the subject while offering real hope for the future.
You can read the whole blog post here.
Bedlam’s Door was reviewed on Cheryl’s Book Nook. In her review, Cheryl writes “I have always said that I could not be a psychologist because I did not really have the patience for people. After reading this book I do applaud Dr. Rubinstein and others like him that do have that patience and compassion for the people in need like the ones in this book.” You can read the full review here.
Bedlam’s Door was reviewed on the blog A Bookish Affair. You can read the full review here.
Love Gone Mad Review by Mary Todd Chesnut
Divorced heart surgeon Adrian Douglas is living a comfortable but lonely life after leaving his job at Yale two years ago to work at Eastport General. Everything changes after a chance cafeteria encounter with attractive RN Megan Haggarty. Adrian is instantly smitten and begins a seemingly idyllic relationship with Megan, but he soon learns that even the most perfect woman can have some secrets. One of Megan’s biggest secrets is ex-husband Conrad Wilson, a hulk of a man who takes possessiveness to a whole new level. Anonymous threats and vandalism against the couple soon escalate to life-threatening encounters, and Conrad is the prime suspect. As Adrian and Megan’s relationship grows, the rage in Conrad intensifies, with all of his negative energy channeled toward them. VERDICT Rubinstein’s second foray into the fiction arena (after Mad Dog House) is an intense thriller that promises readers surprising twists, heart-pounding suspense, and a bird’s-eye view into both the mind of a madman and a dizzyingly realistic account of how it feels to be stalked as prey.
—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights