In the context of writing a fiction novel, how to make sure that readers remember several of the incidents or events or even characters that were described in earlier chapters, when the same gets referenced in the much later part?
I have also experienced this myself as a reader, especially in mystery novels where a minute detail or character described earlier ends up as a dramatic, concluding climax later. Reader gets a sense of being lost as they happen to forget such things either because they think that description or character in picture, was just a setting buildup or was not too necessary to be remembered throughout.
This is completely opposite to writing a technical or legal paper where paras, reference numbers or bullets easily refer the exact thing that is being referenced. I can't imagine doing so in a novel, story or non-technical writing.