Friday, November 5, 2021

"Other People’s Things"

Kerry Anne King is the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Closer Home, I Wish You Happy, Whisper Me ThisEverything You Are, and A Borrowed Life. Licensed as both an RN and a mental-health counselor, she draws on her experience working in the medical and mental-health fields to explore themes of loss, grief, and transformation—but always with a dose of hope and humor. King lives in a little house in the big woods of the Inland Northwest. She also writes fantasy and mystery novels as Kerry Schafer.

King applied the Page 69 Test to her latest novel, Other People's Things, and reported the following:
From page 69:
Ash sniffed. “Sounds like a total asswipe to me.”

“You’re just jealous.”

“You’d better believe I’m jealous. I’ve been supplanted!”

“What do you expect? You aren’t buying me diamonds.”

“Just fix it, Nickle. I guess I need to meet him.”

Later, when I told Kent that I needed him to meet my best friend, he’d teased, “Am I not enough for you?” Then he kissed me until I forgot all about Ash and everything and everybody else. An hour later, snuggled up to him in bed, I brought the topic up again.

“Seriously, Kent. Ash is important to me. We’ve been through a lot together. Maybe we could just meet for coffee? Or lunch, even, if you’ve got time.”

“No,” he said, running a hand up my arm, onto my shoulder, then down to stroke my breast. “If she’s that important to you, we’ll take her out for a nice dinner.”

His hand made it hard to focus, and I shoved it away, laughing and sitting up to evade his caresses. “Nice dinners aren’t exactly Ash’s and my thing. She might be more comfortable—”

“But nice dinners are our thing,” he’d said, drawing me back down beside him and trailing his fingers down the center of my belly. “Trust me. There is not a woman on the planet who doesn’t want to be wined and dined.”
This scene highlights one of the relationship dynamics in Other People’s Things—the smoothly controlling behavior of Nickle’s soon-to-be-former-husband, and the way he has always tended to gaslight her—but the page 69 test is only about 50% accurate for the book. This scene doesn’t bring up the central problem—the compulsion that drives Nickle to move other people’s things from one place to another, and the question of whether her Object Relocation Program is a gift or a curse. Still, it does hint at Kent’s personality and the way he tends to drive a wedge between her and her family and friends. The page gives a taste of relationships dynamics, but doesn’t reveal the mystery and touch of magic that infuses most of the book.
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