The Lost Years - Mary Higgins Clark

The Lost Years

By Mary Higgins Clark

  • Release Date: 2012-04-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 780 Ratings


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.


  • The lost years

    By Gummy4124
    Always a great read . Love Mary Higgin Clark's books.
  • Awesome!

    By SterlingD
  • The Lost Years

    By Dancesw/llamas
    This book was fast paced and well written as usual. I always appreciate the history I pick up on in Mary Higgins Clark books and loved reading it as an ebook. I also love the recurrence of characters such as Alvirah and Willy Meenan.
  • The LostYears

    By Katzber
    I've been a fan for many years and always anticipate the next book. This one was, in my opinion, not as much of a page-turner as most but I did enjoy it. The subject matter was unique which was a big plus. Katherine
  • Least favorite MHC

    By Mon206
    MHC is one of my favorite authors. I always love her books and can hardly put them down. However, this book was my least favorite of her's and it took me months to read. It was really boring and not as suspenseful as usual. I wish I would have checked it out from the library and not paid to buy it from here. Disappointed!!
  • 제목은 그리스도의 잃어버린 세월, 그러나

    By jjerby
    책 내용은 제목과 전혀 상관이 없다. 그래서 좋은 평가를 내리기 무지 어렵다. 그렇다고 스릴러로서의 기본적인 플롯 구성도 만족스럽지는 않다는 데 문제가 있지 않을까?
  • So good

    By Maggie 04
    I have always been a fan of this author. This book was a page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
  • Wasn't too pleased...

    By -Daniel(:
    Always loved Mary Higgins Clark books, however, this one wasn't to amusing to me.
  • Awful

    By Gophilliesgo
    Incredibly disappointed. The dialogue was horrendous and the plot terribly predictable. I expected much better.
  • The Lost Years

    By Carol Hamer
    It's been several years since I've read this author's work. Though this is one of her best, it still turned out "to formula". There was no surprise ending. There were at least three weak points. In creating Charles, Richard, Albert, and Greg, there were too many characters, and not enough explanation of personalities, motivations, etc. I had a difficult time distinguishing on from the other. Where the heck did Alvirah & Willy come from. No explanation of where or how they got into the story. Naming "Wally" was confusing when there was Willy, too.