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- Print Length: 321 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997467436
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- Publisher: misterio press LLC (February 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 18, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6Z0SUL
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Luckily for her readers, we’re not in France and Kassandra Lamb’s heroine Kate Huntington-Canfield has boldly gone where no male detective has gone before. Complete with hot flashes, memory lapses, and mood swings.
The Kate of earlier books is now a mature wife and mother, with a daughter barrelling angrily into her teens, pre-menopausal symptoms, and doubts about her own personal and professional abilities. Husband Skip confronts his own worries as his business faces the possibility of failing. What I’ve always enjoyed in earlier books is that Kate uses her background as a psychotherapist to provide a unique take on what’s motivating each character, and how she uses those insights to solve crimes and save the day. But now that same expertise is causing Kate to second-guess herself at every step along the way. When a client is accused of the crime that has one of Kate’s friends hovering between life and death, Kate wants to believe in his innocence. But she isn’t sure whether that’s her professional expertise talking or her fluctuating emotions and mood swings. Both Kate and Skip’s worries cause them to make mistakes which place those they love in danger.
When I review a book, I look for three things. First, how does the author handle the genre, the tropes that make it up, and the setting to which it’s applied. Anxiety Attack ticks off the elements that make it a cozy mystery—amateur sleuth finds something out of the ordinary, and along with posse of quirky secondary characters, investigates the (usually off-screen) murder or violence, all with a minimum of onscreen sex or swearing. But just as Kate is more mature, so her author is pushing at the edges of each of those tropes. Kate can’t cook, probably doesn’t knit, and definitely doesn’t have a cat. She does swear (although tries not to do so in front of her kids), fights with her husband, and definitely likes sex.
The second thing I look for is good editing and gripping writing, and the Kate books never fail to deliver. Without risking spoilers, I can say there is a gripping, terrifying episode that had me on the edge of my seat.
The third—and to me, most important—thing I look for is character development. And having joined Kate and her close circle of family and friends along their journey, I can honestly say that these are characters who’ve become three-dimensional reality for me. They’ve had the chance to grow, change, and age over our years together. So even though you could read this as a stand alone, you are missing so much if you don’t get to know Kate and her family and friends as they’ve grown over the years.
Anxiety Attack is why I love to read books in series. I give it five stars, and urge you to take a look at the whole series before you meet up with Kate and those hot flashes. (Is it just me, or is it way too warm in here?)
*I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
This is the first book by Kassandra Lamb I have read. It is a clean book; murder was a fact, not a celebration, a word slipped in by a person was met with an instant reminder they were trying to avoid swearing, and the manuscript did not have any errors that I caught.
The story was well-crafted considering there were many people who were suspects. A psychologist and private detective,( ex-cop), investigate this murder together; they are married to each other. Their two kids are at challenging ages and the daughter is a handful. In addition, the wifes' client has been arrested and charged as the murderer. Each have confidentiality agreements with their clients. Find something out that conflicts with agreement ? Cannot tell the other. Tension ratchets up for both in their investigation and marriage. In me, too! What else adds to the tension? Sleeplessness from traveling to conduct interviews, action that pops up, everyday living with two children in school, worry, doubt, and frayed tempers, that's what! The real killer is still free, too.
Lamb accomplished this story with the solid under-pinning of her writing skill. The characters were well-defined, recognizeable, spoke, and acted in concert within their role. Descriptions were provided in two ways; through the eyes of the people, and from the author as she wrote in third person mode. There were threads running through the story which enriched the story. As a reader, I was also privy to the thoughts of the individuals themselves. I had more information than the couple did! Lamb pulled the strings on the threads and left me satisfied all my questions had been addressed at the end. When all these factors are combined in a skillful way, the result is a well-written read with a great story. Kudos to Lamb on this accomplishment!
I enjoyed and liked this book very much. I recommend it, without reservation, to mystery buffs, and anyone who wants to travel out of their preferred genre to dip their toes in the mystery water. Super-duper all-around read!
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