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Yesterday

by Felicia Yap

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"How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday? 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"--… (more)
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READ FOR BOOK CLUB. I DIDN'T BOTHER TO FINISH. DIDN'T CARE ABOUT ANY OF THE CHARACTERS. ( )
  librookian | Mar 25, 2023 |
An interesting idea smothered by amateurism.

The conceit of the presented world, where the population is split into Monos (who remember only the previous day) and Duos (who remember the two previous days) is interesting, and the class struggle that arises out of this split is compellingly presented. It's also an interesting idea to use that setting as the backdrop for a mystery story, where some of the suspects don't even remember their own distant crimes.

Shame that the characters and the plot twists were so uncompelling.

There's also a very confused mix of cynicism and positivity in this book, which to me smacks of a debut author who isn't yet confident about the story she wants to tell. ( )
  Kanarthi | Oct 2, 2022 |
This book had an interesting idea, but it was confusing, and ultimately disappointing. ( )
  rosaroxxie | Aug 16, 2022 |
The world as it is, the people not so much the adults - over 18 - only have a day, the Monos, or two, the Duos, of direct experienced memory, but their memory for that time and for facts is clear and absolute, so what they record in daily diaries and memorize as facts are the facts - or are they?
Aside from the boggling idea that history and even historical figures would be identical under such circumstances, the distance the core notion makes with our mostly very unlikable characters keeps is in the way of investing emotion in them. But the almost complete lack of self awareness of the deviant character is a treasure. It did get a bit much before the wrap up and rather dragged for a while. ( )
  quondame | Aug 29, 2021 |
I just finished this fun science fiction - mystery in which society, or at least British society, is divided into 2 classes - Duos who can remember life events for 2 days, and Monos who can remember for only one day. Evidently, Memento had its effect on writers, but there are no tattoos here. Everyone keeps a daily diary that they read first thing every morning to find out what happened yesterday. I'm a science fiction buff, not a mystery buff, so it was entertaining and kept me guessing. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Aug 11, 2021 |
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"How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday? 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"--

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