The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

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12 Critic Reviews

Not much nourishment here for fans of The Da Vinci Code, but nothing to trouble Clark’s gargantuan fan base either, as long as they don’t mind all those felonies, all those criminals and all those coyly conspiratorial phone calls with Mr. Anonymous at the other end.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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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Mary Higgins Clark nació en Nueva York y cursó estudios en la Universidad de Fordham. Está considerada una de las más destacadas autoras del género de intriga, y sus obras alcanzan invariablemente los primeros puestos en las listas de bestsellers internacionales. Entre su ingente producción destacan, entre otras, El último adiós, No puedo olvidar tu rostro, Un extraño acecha, Por siempre mía , Pálida como la luna, Noche de paz, Testigo en la sombra, La estrella robada, La fuerza del engaño , En defensa propia, Dos niñas vestidas de azul y La misma canción.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Lost Years
All: 12 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

Not much nourishment here for fans of The Da Vinci Code, but nothing to trouble Clark’s gargantuan fan base either, as long as they don’t mind all those felonies, all those criminals and all those coyly conspiratorial phone calls with Mr. Anonymous at the other end.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
May 07 2012

Though the set-up is intriguing, the mystery falls flat under the weight of dull characters, myriad red herrings, and an excess of unnecessary subplots.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum on Apr 05 2012

Clark has been labeled “The Queen of Suspense,” and her latest confirms that she just might be.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin on Apr 27 2012

Clark does an admirable job including the topic of religious relics in her suspenseful and fast-paced writing.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Olmedo on May 10 2012

As always, Clark delivers another great book which I definitely recommend.

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PBG Lifestyle Magazine

Excellent
May 23 2012

The surprise is that it contains an appealing new crimesolver who, while meddlesome and a bit folksy, is somebody you can’t help but like.

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Under My Apple Tree

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on May 11 2012

Fans of the author will enjoy this novel. This formula has worked well for her and this book is no exception.

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Beth's Book-Nook Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Beth Fish on May 02 2012

I miss the thrilling novels of the past – the ones that kept me up at night reading.

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Books and Chocolate

Good
Reviewed by Cindy on Mar 31 2012

...this book lived up to my expectations and provided all the suspense and mystery I hoped for.

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C Mash Reads

Good
Reviewed by C. Mash on May 19 2012

A "can't put down" book as only Mary Higgins Clark can write.

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Diva's Bookcase

Below average
Reviewed by Yvonne on Jun 01 2012

There were just too many obvious players in the game to create any suspense for me.

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Eli's Place

Below average
Reviewed by Eli on May 12 2012

...a "who-done-it" murder mystery that dragged on forever and had some really corny writing.

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