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Yesterday by Felicia Yap

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There are two types of people in the world: those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.

You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.

Can you trust the police?

Can you trust your husband?

Can you trust yourself?

Upon hearing the premise for Yesterday, my initial thought was that the mono (those who remember yesterday) and duo (those who also remember the day before) memory system would make an excellent pseudo class system, and I was delighted when this proved to be the case, especially as it’s so well handled.  Whilst all people keep a diary, there are obvious advantages to being able to remember two days ago when others around you can’t.  And that additional day of memories makes the duos feel inherently superior to the monos, resulting in monos often being treated as second-class citizens.  Whilst being a mono doesn’t mean that you are stupid – you just have to be more meticulous with your diary – you are looked down upon, and certain jobs are biased towards duos, leaving more menial roles to the monos.

This may make the novel sound as though as it has a vaguely sci fi edge to it.  It doesn’t, although I think that there is something vaguely dystopian about the set-up, which I loved.  But, the world in which it’s set is much like ours, other than the way in which memory works.  This set up allows Yap to hold a mirror up to our world however, turning things, if not on their head, then around by 90 degrees.  For example, Steve Jobs’ big innovation is not the iPod or iPhone, but the iDiary to help both monos and duos record the goings on in their lives, allowing them to easily refer back to previous events when required.  I loved these little details, and thought that they helped to bring the world to life.

As with many thrillers, Yesterday has a plot that is difficult to discuss without giving too much away, so I’ll keep this brief.  One morning, a young woman is pulled out of the River Cam.  There are few signs of a struggle, and the police believe it to be a suicide, with the exception of DCI Hans Richardson, who believes that something more sinister has occurred.  And if solving a murder is difficult, then solving a murder within the timeframe of your limited memory is even more so, even with your diary to help you.  Told from multiple perspectives, the plot moves quickly and there are some wonderful twists to keep the reader guessing.   

I absolutely adored Yesterday, and I thought it was a highly accomplished debut – it’s a novel that I resented having to put down when real life rudely interrupted.  If you can accept the premise upon which the novel is pinned – that of limited memories – I think that you will really enjoy this highly inventive thriller.

Yesterday will be published on 10 August by Wildfire.  Many thanks to Millie Seaward for the proof.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Headline Blogger Night 2017

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend a blogger night hosted by Headline at Carmelite House on Victoria Embankment in London.  This was my second visit to the wonderful sixth floor of Carmelite House with it’s famous (amongst the blogging world at least) rooftop terrace, although the doors to the terrace were kept firmly shut due to the miserable weather.

I’m always quite nervous about attending these kinds of events – I often find it difficult to initiate a conversation with people I don’t know, and I don’t like inviting myself into a group, which is often the best way to start talking to people.

I needn’t have worried, however – the Headline team were extremely welcoming, and ushered people around to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to meet the authors in attendance.  Additionally, book bloggers are a lovely bunch of people, and I don’t think that anyone was left standing on their own for very long 🙂

I was absolutely delighted to meet Felicia Yap, who’s novel Yesterday will be published in August.  I picked up a sampler for this novel, and I can’t even tell you how excited I am.  I’m more than willing to beg for a proof of this when they become available!  And isn’t this cover glorious!?

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I also enjoyed meeting Gemma Todd, whose novel Defender I’m extremely excited about – it sounds very much like my kind of thing – as well as Colette McBeth, Nikola Scott, Mary Torjussen and Julia Crouch.

As well as the wonderful company, wine and nibbles, there were plenty of books available.  I felt that I showed considerable restraint in only picking up four titles (plus the one in the goodie bag!) – I was tempted to take more, but was conscious of the fact that I’d have to carry them back to the train.  Note to self – take a backpack next time.  Tote bags are great, but loading up on weighty tomes just gives you a bad shoulder, particularly when you have to run for your train!


These are the books that I picked up:

Defender by G. X. Todd

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In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you.


The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

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The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold.  Now its streets are stalked by wolves.  Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip.  Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out.  Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war.  For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…


An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

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These are the facts I collect.

My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar.  She went home with him where they had sex.  They next morning she was found in an allotment.

Mariela is dead.

Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning

Linda Moscow: loving mother to Gabriel.  Linda promised herself years ago that she would never let her son down again.  Even if it means going against everything she believes in – she will do anything to protect him.  She owes him that much.

Gabriel Miller: the prodigal son.  He only ever wanted his mother’s love, but growing up he always seemed to do the wrong thing.  If his mother could only see the bad in him – how could he possibly be good?

How far will a mother go to save her son?  Linda’s decision might save Gabriel, but it will have a catastrophic impact on the lives of others.  What would you do if faced with the same impossible choice?


Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

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You leave for work one morning.  Another day in your normal life.

Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.  His belongings have disappeared.  He hasn’t been at work for weeks.  It’s as if he never existed.

But that’s not possible, is it?

And there is worse still to come.  Because just as you are searching for him, someone is also watching you.


As well as providing a selection of books for bloggers (and authors!) to help themselves to, goodie bags were also available containing some wonderful little treats, as well as another book!

Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

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When Anna’s partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered.  But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all.  The six-year-old falls silent for three days.  When she does speak, her words are troubling.  Ava wants to go home.  To a place called Seal.  To her other mother.

Anna knows to unravel the mystery she must find Seal and take Ava there.  She hopes this tiny island will unlock her daughter’s memories.  But could it also offer a new life… and unexpected love… for Anna too?


Many thanks to Georgina Moore, Millie Seaward and the rest of the Headline crew for hosting such a lovely event.