Book & Author Details:
Yesterday by Felicia Yap
Publication date: August 10th 2017
Genres: Psychological, Suspense
Imagine a world in which classes are divided not by wealth or religion but by how much each group can remember. Monos, the majority, have only one day’s worth of memory; elite Duos have two. In this stratified society, where Monos are excluded from holding high office and demanding jobs, Claire and Mark are a rare mixed marriage. Clare is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a novelist-turned-politician Duo on the rise. They are a shining example of a new vision of tolerance and equality—until…
…a beautiful woman is found dead, her body dumped in England’s River Cam. The woman is Mark’s mistress, and he is the prime suspect in her murder. The detective investigating the case has secrets of his own. So did the victim. And when both the investigator’s and the suspect’s memories are constantly erased—how can anyone learn the truth?
Told from four different perspectives, that of Mark, Claire, the detective on the case, and the victim—Felicia Yap’s staggeringly inventive debut leads us on a race against an ever-resetting clock to find the killer. With the science-fiction world-building of Philip K. Dick and the twisted ingenuity of Memento , Yesterday is a thriller you’ll never forget.
This story has an intriguing premise set against an essentially factually correct England.
The multi person point of view is a little confusing to following, made more so by the positioning of the diary excerpts before the chapters. However, it should be noted that I was reading an ARC, and so a fully formatted e-book version may not have those particular issues.
Overall, I thought that this was a kind of unique examination of the meaning of love and a parallel look (albeit with at an extremely superficial level) at discrimination.
The epilogue adds a twist that I didn’t see coming and ultimately, the story works, even if I wasn’t completely sold on the delivery.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Felicia Yap grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She has been a cell biologist, a war historian, a university lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader and a catwalk model. Felicia lives in London and is a graduate of the Faber Academy. Her debut thriller YESTERDAY will be published around the world in August 2017.