The Lost Years

The Lost Years

by Mary Higgins Clark
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The Lost Years 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Jordanreads More than 1 year ago
This is one of her best. I had backed off some of her more recent books because I thought they were getting a little predictable, but the historical and religious themes in this one interested me. I was not disappointed. This has everything a mystery should have, intrigue, suspense and a good story. Very enjoyable read.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
A good idea wrapped in a lot of superfluous schmaltz sums up this latest effort by Mary Higgins Clark. The plot involves the discovery by a Biblical scholar, Dr. Jonathan Lyons, of the only letter supposedly ever written by Jesus, and Lyons’ subsequent murder, presumably as a result. The mystery, of course, is which of his various friends and co-workers wants the manuscript to sell on the black market instead of it being returned to the Vatican library from which it was removed in the 1400’s. Instead of a straight police procedural, the story becomes bogged down in several side issues: Dr. Lyons’ daughter’s guilt over her alienation from her father over the issue of his mistress and her own “love life;” a couple of characters, Alvirah and Willy, who outwit the police and the perpetrator; and Lyons’ wife’s dementia, among other things. The author can still write smoothly, but the novel smacks of a manufactured outline, rather than a carefully developed plot, with each step carefully constructed to fit. It is unfortunate because the idea for the story is excellent, and if the characters were more deeply drawn, and the irrelevancies omitted, the novel could have been more intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had some very intresting twista, but had so many details that it would take too long o get to the point
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author amd was so looking forward to this book. Sadly I was very disappointed. Too many similar characters, boring book-- had to force myself to finish this. Hope her next one is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just started reading and dont want to put it down! Another great mystery by MHC. She is my favorite author. I love all her stories and this one is no exception! It is worth the time and money. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical MHC, so you get what you should expect...if you are looking for historical or controversial religious content (i.e. a Dan Brown style) then you will be disappointed. A lot of characters with similar background info...so a little hard to keep track of "who might have done it" leading up to the end. One of the blander ones I have read, and I consider myself a fan (pre ordered this with high hopes almost 2 months early).
danilos More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a feeling that the killer was the person in the end.i don't want to spoil it for the people who read the reviews.
ChaLee More than 1 year ago
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors, and this book does not disappoint. She always keeps you guessing at "whodunnit".
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Great book
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Could not put it down
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BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is thought provoking, and in my opinion, quite unlike anything else she has written. Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a Biblical scholar, thinks he has found the only letter Jesus Christ ever wrote while He lived on this earth - a letter written to Joseph of Arimethea. Since the Bible is silent about Jesus' life from age 12 (after He was found in the Temple by his mother and Joseph) to 30, I thought this premise was great. And even though Mariah was upset with her father for having an affair, she is determined to see that his murderer is brought to justice. I figured out who the culprit before I normally do with Mary's books, but hey, this was still an enjoyable read. I will recommend this book to anyone who asks me.
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Well developed book-world, with interesting characters. She paints concise, but descriptive word pictures. I could definitely see everything. A good mystery book for escape and entertainment.
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charcarpjohn More than 1 year ago
As a Mary Higgins Clark fan, I would not say this is one of her best novels. The plot is intriguing concerning the discovery a letter written by Jesus, a resulting murder, and a "who done it"" theme. It did keep my interest and it is an easy escape read.
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