My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday
By Jason Ayres
When 54 year old Thomas Scott wakes up in a hospital bed on New Year’s Day he has no memory of who he is or why he is there. Racked with pain from a terminal illness, death swiftly follows.
The next day he awakes to find himself alive again and confused, especially when he discovers that it is now New Year’s Eve. As the days pass he begins to realise that he is living his life backwards one day at a time.
So begins the extraordinary tale of a man who goes to sleep on Sunday nights and wakes up on Saturday mornings: A man who cannot form a meaningful relationship with a woman because when he jumps back to the previous day, she has no memory of him. And a man who can win a fortune from gambling any time he likes, but has only one day to spend it.
Trying to find some purpose in life he resolves to find out as much about his own personal history as he can. Learning of the death of his wife and an attack on his daughter, he prepares to make changes in the past to secure their future.
From middle-aged father all the way back to childhood, the passing years present all manner of different challenges as he grows ever more youthful.
Set in and around Oxford between the years of 1970 and 2025, this unique concept for a time travel novel features plenty of humour, nostalgia and “what if?” moments.
Taking place in the same universe as the author's Time Bubble series, this is a standalone novel aimed at a more adult audience. It can be enjoyed without the need to have read those earlier books.
Thomas awakens to find he is in a hospital dying. He has no memory of who he is, or why he is there. As he dies, he again awakens in the hospital, same scenario. By the third day of doing this, he comprehends that he is regressing with each wake, to the day before the last. With this realization, Thomas puts a plan in motion unsure of what consequences lie ahead for him as well as his family.
The plot of this story is what enticed me to read it. Thomas was such a pleasant character to follow thru his regressing lifetime. There were so many scenarios presented that I never would have thought of, much less gotten through them myself. I like how it had me wondering what other things I would do, and if I would change certain things in my past. And I felt so sorry for Thomas, and could feel his loneliness, each time he passed the day of awareness for each of his loved ones, knowing he would never see them again. It’s a rude awakening to see how you have the same emotions even if different results, when you go forward or backward with your life. I loved how it brought back my memories of recording the top 40’s on cassettes every Sunday growing up, so many of my good memories.
**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.
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