Only clear recollection from the book is an example along the lines of:

Experience: I know I put my keys on the table next to the door, but when I went back they weren't there. Looked all around the house, happened to pass by that table again - and there they were.

Reason: the person had slipped into a near-identical parallel-ity in which the keys had not been left on the table, and then slipped back again into the previous reality - or at least into another one which had the keys on the table.

Perhaps a person or a team became aware of this, and some story took off from there.

Almost certainly 1985-2005-ish. English. Read in USA. Probably a stand-alone novel. Almost certainly more sci-fi than fantasy. Thought it sounded like a James P Hogan, but couldn't find one like it among the paperbacks at hand here. And - at least with the search terms tried - couldn't find a match by a web search.

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    There is a part of me that wants to say we've had this before, but I think it involved an agency, or entities, who would do things like move keys to influence history, like in scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/107867/…
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 6 at 19:50
  • Interesting. That's one Twilight Zone I didn't recall at all. In the question posted, just used lost keys as an example, as do not recall specific object(s) mentioned in the book.
    – revans19
    Sep 6 at 20:36
  • @FuzzyBoots moving an object on a shelf to change history is referenced here scifi.stackexchange.com/a/110430/28516 but I don't think it is the work asked about here. Sep 6 at 21:00
  • There is a James P. Hogan novel with a similar example: it's Mission to Minerva, the fifth book of the Giants series.
    – LSerni
    Sep 7 at 12:29
  • This is also a theme in Finity by John Barnes. Sep 7 at 12:45


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