Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Kerry Anne King

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's latest novel is Other People's Things

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. King's reply:
I love to read across genres (including cereal boxes if that’s what happens to be in front of me) so it’s no big surprise that Other People’s Things borrows from all of my favorite genres: psychological suspense, mystery, fantasy, magical realism, and literary fiction! I’ve been reading a lot lately so all I’m going to give you only the short list of books I’ve recently adores.

I finally read Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, a book that lit me up with surprise and delight. He writes about people with incredible insight and compassion and humor, for one thing. For another, every time I thought I knew where the story was going it took a detour into the wonderfully unexpected. Absolute brilliance.

And then I stumbled over my new favorite mystery series since I discovered Amelia Peabody. The first book in the series is The Thursday Murder Club, the second is The Man Who Died Twice, and I’ll be first in line to pre-order book three. Richard Osman totally knocked it out of the park with character, setting, plot, and excellent writing. I kept wanting to read passages out loud to somebody as I went along. The story is set in a retirement community, and the sleuths are in their seventies and eighties. Because of their age, they are underestimated by the younger people around them but they are devious and intelligent and funny and highly capable. I did not solve the mystery before it was revealed, which I loved, and the book is filled with humor, pathos, and compassionate insights into human nature and aging.

I pretty much inhaled the All Souls Trilogy – a series I don’t know how I missed earlier because these books have everything I love in a fantasy. I was instantly drawn into the world of the story and its complex and conflicted characters. Of course you can’t go wrong when a plot revolves around the quest for a magical book, has a main character struggling to come to terms with her power, and includes star crossed lovers, especially when the writing is gorgeous and compelling.

There are so many more that I’ve loved – The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson, The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman, Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece and....I know, I know. I’m stopping there. But I’m so eternally grateful that the world is full of fabulous books and that I get to read them!
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