High Anxiety-Charlotte Hughes

High Anxiety

Charlotte Hughes

Jove, Dec 29 2009, $7.99

ISBN: 9780515147407


Psychologist Kate Holley wonders if she is as big a Nutcase as some of her patients ever since her former husband Jay Rush the firefighter became her lover again in spite of her obsessive compulsive fear of his profession ever since her father was taken from her by the Fire Gods.  While Jay is fighting a forest fire in Florida, her best friend and receptionist, Mona Epps is on sick leave so the High Anxiety shrink hires a temporary assistant Abigail Davis.


However, although Abigail is competent she changes her wardrobe and hairstyle to emulate Kate.  When she begins to get involved in Kate’s personal life, the psychologist knows in this case What Looks Like Crazy is crazy.  Although she has other issues and is worried about Jay, Kate knows Abigail is at the top of the list as her temp is stalking every aspect of her life.


This is an exciting fast-paced madcap thriller that balances humor with the seriousness of a deranged stalker.  The story line is fast-paced whenever the plot focuses on Abigail who clearly needs help.  When the subplot involves other clients, neighbors or mom it is over the top with fun eccentricity.  Readers will enjoy Kate’s third case mostly because of Abigail, whose needs turn potentially dangerous.


Harriet Klausner

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