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Yesterday
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In this heart-pounding mystery, a woman is found dead—but in a society where only the privileged have memories longer than a day, the chances of solving the crime seem futile.

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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In this heart-pounding mystery, a woman is found dead—but in a society where only the privileged have memories longer than a day, the chances of solving the crime seem futile.

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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        Yap’s ingenious debut, a psychological thriller set around Cambridge, England, posits a radically different dual-class society: the elite duos, the 30% of the population who can remember the preceding two days of their lives after age 23, and the stigmatized monos, capable of recalling only the previous 24 hours of their lives after age 18. (Everyone is expected to fill in the gaps by studying the officially mandated daily entries in their iDiaries.) This creates unique challenges for Det. Chief Insp. Hans Richardson as he starts to investigate the apparent murder of stunning Sophia Ayling, whose body was found in the River Cam not far from the mansion of bestselling novelist and novice politician Mark Henry Evans (with whom, according to Sophia’s iDiary, she had a rather intimate acquaintance) and his dutiful mono wife of 20 years, Claire. Yap fully exploits her provocative premise: Richardson, a mono struggling to maintain his masquerade as a duo, delves into the trio’s pasts—insofar as they can be determined from potentially deceptive diary accounts. Though she’s less convincing with her characters’ psychology, this still makes for a deviously delicious diversion. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM.

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        June 1, 2017
        In a world where long-term memory is a thing of the past, investigating a murder becomes a daunting prospect indeed.In Yap's debut, set in 2015 England, a protein responsible for long-term memory is genetically inhibited for everyone when they're either 18 or 23, creating Monos and Duos, respectively. Everyone must keep a daily iDiary to consult regularly. Mark and Claire Evans have been married for 20 years, but they can't say it's a strong union. After all, homemaker Claire is a Mono, which means she can only remember what happened yesterday, and Mark, an author with political aspirations, is a Duo who can remember two days into the past. To most Duos, marrying a Mono is a quick way to become a social pariah, as Monos are largely considered to be less intelligent. When the body of stunning Sophia Ayling is discovered in the River Cam, Mark is questioned by the police because they find his name in her iDiary, setting off a disastrous chain of events. The narrative moves between past and present and back and forth among Mark, Claire, Sophia's iDiary entries, and the detective investigating the murder, DCI Hans Richardson. Not one of these characters is appealing. Mark is a selfish jerk; Claire is self-demeaning to the point of farce; Sophia, who is revealed to be a romantic (and wronged) blast from Mark's past, is cartoonish; and DCI Richardson's inner monologue is plodding, giving him something of a Columbo vibe, but not in a good way. The central conceit, surely meant to be edgy, doesn't add anything to a thoroughly unimaginative murder mystery, and if someone were up to no good, all they'd have to do is alter their diaries and no one would be the wiser, making the truth elusive and the possibility of justice remote. A twist in the final act can't save this over-the-top revenge tale.

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        DEBUT In a world where people are divided by how much they can remember, a single day's worth of memories separates the classes. The ruling Duos can retain two days' worth of memories at a time, while the Monos keep just one. Claire is a Mono married to Mark, a Duo author with political aspirations. Their mixed marriage is held up as an example of tolerance. Their life is far from perfect, though, as evidenced in their daily diary entries kept to make up for short memories. When the body of Mark's mistress is pulled from the river near their home, the police must work quickly to catch the killer before important memories are lost. The lead detective, who is working desperately to hide his own secrets, is convinced Mark is to blame. It soon becomes clear that no one is to be trusted, not even oneself. First novelist Yap has built an immersive, compelling, and terrifying world where the only truth people know is what they choose to tell themselves. VERDICT For readers seeking a new spin on the unreliable narrator or fans of stories of self-deception such as Dan Chaon's Ill Will or E. Lockhart's We Were Liars.--Portia Kapraun, Delphi P.L., IN

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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