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The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

The Lost Years (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Mary Higgins Clark

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Title:The Lost Years
Authors:Mary Higgins Clark
Info:Simon & Schuster (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:murder, mystery

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Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons is murdered in his home after consulting several experts on a rare parchment supposedly authored by Jesus Christ. His wife, Kathleen Lyons, an Alzheimer sufferer, is accused of the crime, but his daughter, Mariah is convinced of her mother’s innocence and sets out to prove that her father’s death is related to the missing document.

Mary Higgins Clark was once a must buy author for me, but I appear to have outgrown her writing style. The narrative is ostensibly in the 3rd person, however, it often diverges into the internal musings and recollections of the characters, which appear in 1st person format. This alternating perspective is not only distracting, but results in the characters coming across as self-absorbed and unsympathetic.

Although the murder victim is well-respected and loved by many characters in the book, to me he was nothing short of a selfish and ego-centric adulterer unworthy of the affections bestowed upon him. As a result, it is difficult to care one way or the other whether his murder is solved. The investigation is tedious with detectives leaping to unfounded conclusions and the TSTL heroine’s attempts to uncover the truth are annoying. There isn’t even a good romance to compensate for this fiasco.

The incorporation of the letter to Joseph of Arimathea has potential. Unfortunately, it amounts to little more than a mcguffin intended to lure readers into reading the book with hopes of a compelling story revolving around the missing years of Christ’s life. As it turns out, this plot element is underdeveloped and has virtually no importance in the overall scheme of things.

All in all, MHC has written much better works and this book is unworthy of her repertoire. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I normally enjoy Mary Higgins clark's books but this one was boring and very repetitive. Mariah Lyons father is killed and her mother who has alzheimers is suspected on being the culprit. her father believed he had found a letter written by Jesus and that may be the real cause of the murder. The contents of said letter were described about fifty gazilllion times along with the constant reminder of the names of Mariah's fathers four best friends. This repeating got so bad I actually started yelling at the audiobook that I already knew that information and to get on with it already. Not much suspense, the bad guys actions don't make a lot of sense. Overall definitely recommend skipping this one. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
I can't say why I finished this book, it was very predictable. I just like Mary Higgins Clark. I did not enjoy this book. ( )
  BONS | Sep 16, 2015 |
What a terrible book. The Lost Years is a short read but not worth the time. A professor finds a letter that might of been written by Jesus and he ends up dead. Half of his friends and family become detectives who think they are better detectives than the professionals and then the other half of his friends and family are suspects of killing him. Eventually no one really gives a fuck how the dad/professor died and only care about finding the letter. The murderer/stealer becomes really obvious half way through the book without any kind of twist or sense. ( )
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In memory of my dear brother-in-law and friend, Kenneth John Clark. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and "The Unc" to his devoted nieces and nephews. We love you deeply. Rest in peace.
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In the hushed quiet as late shadows fell over the walls of the eternal city of Rome, an elderly monk, his shoulders bent, made his silent and unobtrusive way into the Biblioteca Secreta, one of the four rooms that comprised the Vatican Library.
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In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.
Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever.

Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in.

Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing?

It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death. Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time.
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Mariah Lyons risks her life to solve the brutal murder of her father, Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a well-respected academic, who in a stroke of luck comes into the possession of an ancient and highly valuable parchment stolen from the Vatican in the 15th century.… (more)

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