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What if today was your last day....

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer is still at large...and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of police Commissioner Christian Verger's worries. His fiancée, Viola, has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74 percent sure he will die tomorrow.

Moving from snowy 1980s Montana to chic 1990s Manhattan to a drone-filled 2030s Britain, Future Perfect is an electrifying race to solve a murder before it's too late. Yet it is also a love story, a riveting portrait of a couple torn apart by secrets, grief and guilt. A twisted tale of how the past can haunt a person's future and be used to predict if he will die...or kill.

©2018 Felicia Yap (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Multi-narrator, tech-heavy plot

Multi-narrator, tech-heavy plot. Surprises and a slightly scary future world.

A bomb on a catwalk, a murder enquiry. Multiple narrators each with a story heading towards the main plot... if we can work out how they thread together.

This ended up being much smarter than I gave it credit for at the start. And also featured a fantastically realistic futuristic (and yet so close to today's) society that felt a little creepy and yet so easy to envisage: phones that predict how likely you are to eat chocolate today, where you want to go and to plan your route, even how likely you are to die today...

A police commissioner, his fiance (software expert) tasked with finding likely suspects to the murder, models and designers... the story takes its time with backstories and histories, building up a world of characters within this society and what it's made of people... before satisfying quite nicely with threads drawn together.

Yap gives clues but also dead ends, draws you in various ways and gives plenty of things to think about. It's smart, it's a society as it may be, and it was certainly very entertaining and dark.

I might have occasionally got lost with narrators on the Audible version, it isn't always clear who is carrying the story or who they are until ends of chapters. I might have found this easier to manage with a paper copy, but I did keep up I think. It's less straightforward than some are to manage as a 'listen', though most of the time that was fine. The voices themselves are clear and convey a picture of who you are listening to, though I might recommend a paper/e-copy more highly for those who find multiple narrators a little harder to follow.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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I wish I’d read this rather than listened

This book was both an enjoyable and a frustrating listen. I kept wanting to flip back to check who had said or done what at some critical juncture. Being an audiobook it was pretty difficult to do that. That though simply made me listen rather more attentively than I do most audiobooks. It’s difficult to say more about the story without spoiling it, but I liked the way the future was credibly introduced. It is often difficult when writing about the near future, where the story is set, whilst credibly describing what happened between 2021 and 2030. This book handled that tricky task credibly and effortlessly.