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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515147400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515147407
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Hughes is a Maggie Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 novels. She was in her late twenties, and a new mother, when she began writing seriously, trying her hand at short stories and, finally, classic category romances. Although she collected numerous rejections on her first book, her second book, "Too Many Husbands," was snatched up by Bantam Books and published as a Loveswept in 1987. The book quickly hit the #1 spot on Waldenbooks. Charlotte went on to write almost 30 books for the line before it closed. This backlist is being revised, repurposed and self-published, with the next book due in early 2015, Tall, Dark and Bad.

Since those early years Charlotte has written romantic comedy, a "soft" horror anthology, and romantic suspense. She co-authored the very popular Full House series with Janet Evanovich, She has also written for Jove/Berkley, Mira, Silhouette/Desire, and Avon.

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They have very funny characters in them.
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I really enjoyed this one and once I started reading I couldn't put it down--it only took me a day to finish.
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The dialog was so stilted, no one I know talks like this.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2009
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mysterylover on July 26, 2011
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The best of the three books in the series. It keeps you turning the page until the end. Some funny moments but has a more serious tone to it. Kate Holly going from victim to taking control has you cheering. As the secondary characters band together and new interesting quirky characters are added. The stories and the plot well written and thought out. MS Hughes has a winner with this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John O. Raab on March 21, 2010
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Peppered with biting wit and southern charm, Charlotte Hughes returns with "High Anxiety" to transport her fans back into the laugh out loud and constantly crazy world of Dr. Kate Holly. Kate truly believes that her chaotic life might be actually calming down...or at least she seriously hopes so after she nurses her firefighting ex-husband back to health. When Mona, Kate's longtime best friend and secretary, finds herself suffering from a bad case of hives, Kate is forced to hire a temp--lest she be required to endure her mother's version of secretarial skills--and Kate's life quickly shifts from bad to worse.

Seriously, normal would be unexpected and boring for Hughes longtime fans. With trouble following Kate's every step and comedy around every corner, "High Anxiety" is a book to be shared between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna L. Mcneal on May 11, 2010
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Kate Holly just can't seem to catch a break. The clinical psychologist from Atlanta, Georgia, endures catastrophe after catastrophe in each book in this series from novelist Charlotte Hughes, and the third (and newest) installment High Anxiety is no exception. Of course, catastrophe is somewhat the business Kate is in; she counsels patients with mental illness at her practice in a multi-business building in Atlanta (You can do your banking AND grab a bite to eat after your therapy session!).

There's the former Marine with gender identity disorder (who currently lives with Kate's own mother and aunt), the man with OCD who feels he has to move anytime he brings dirt into his home, the woman with borderline personality disorder who feels the world revolves around her, and -- of course -- the lady with multiple personality disorder whose personalities change as frequently as other people might change the music on their iPods. Kate tries her best to help her patients live normal lives, but she is always getting caught up in the midst of her own personal problems (and having to deal with the touch of OCD she herself suffers from).

In High Anxiety, Kate and ex-husband Jay are still trying their best to make their relationship work. He's a firefighter with a history of getting hurt on the job; his commitment to his work drives Kate crazy. She'd rather he settle down and find a less accident-prone career. But Jay worries about Kate, as well; the patients Kate sees have a tendency to get violent when unhappy. Her office has been blown up, and she's suffered various maladies in the previous two novels. But both stick to their guns and refuse to give up the work they love. Thus, they've been divorced and now are trying to work through their issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on November 4, 2010
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I find that this book is very similar in the writing of Janet Evanovich. Nothing wrong with that - new characters and new adventures and misadventures. I do very much enjoy this new Charlotte Hughes series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle L. Dearth on July 26, 2010
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I loved the 1st book in this series and knew I had to get the other books. Charlotte's hit another one out of the park with this one!!
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The 3rd installment in the Kate Holly series.

Kate is still attracting "crazies" and her (ex)husband, Jay, is still not happy about it. Mona is a little stressed because she has a rash, so she refuses to be seen in public. Kate needs someone to man the office for her and resorts to calling a temp agency. The new temp is a little odd, but in Kate's life, who isn't? Her neighbor Bitsy Stout is out to save Kate from the depths of Hell and drives Kate even a little more craz...more The 3rd installment in the Kate Holly series.

Kate is still attracting "crazies" and her (ex)husband, Jay, is still not happy about it. Mona is a little stressed because she has a rash, so she refuses to be seen in public. Kate needs someone to man the office for her and resorts to calling a temp agency. The new temp is a little odd, but in Kate's life, who isn't? Her neighbor Bitsy Stout is out to save Kate from the depths of Hell and drives Kate even a little more crazy if that is possible.

Each book in this series has found me more and more interested. Although it seems like nothing exciting seems to happen in the book--Kate sees patients with problems, she has a mother (and family) that drive her crazy, she and Jay keep trying to work things out, etc.--I find myself pulled in and wanting to keep reading. Some things are just so outrageous that I can't help but laugh out loud.

So, Kate did have a "are you really that stupid?" moment, but it wasn't terrible. I understood the reasoning for it, but it did bug me just a little--she should be smarter than that.

I really enjoyed this one and once I started reading I couldn't put it down--it only took me a day to finish. If you like the series, you'll like this one, too.
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