The Lost Years
I've read plenty of her books and never given any of it below 3-star rating but giving 2 stars to this one feels too generous.
First, this book started off with a Da Vinci Code type of plot which was not needed at all. Instead of that letter written by Jesus stuff, easily there could have been something else used to define the story. Suspense was carried out in classic Clark-style which was a good thing but I don't think she is capable of mix...more
I generally like to finish what I start. I tend to fall asleep on movies, but I'll rewind them (do you rewind a DVD?) when I wake up or start them again the next night--or nights--until I see the whole thing. I read most books all the way to the end, even if I find parts of them dragging.
I had to stop reading this book. It was that bad. If it had been submitted to an agent or editor by a new writer rather than Mary Higgins Clark, it would have gotten a form r...more
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
Bracketing the theological and liturgical issues, I'm still not entirely thrilled with the thriller. Clark strikes me as a lazy writer who simply provides herself with everything she needs when she's writ...more
With "The Lost Years" Mary Higgins Clark introduces us to her ghost-writing hack. Poorly written, with laughable plot, ridic...more
Mariah is an investment banker and lives in New York. Her parents are older, they were married 20 years before she was born. On a Monday night, while getting ready for bed, Mariah gets a phone call that her Dad is dead and they suspect her Mother has killed him. Her Mother is getting dementia and is very confused when Mariah finally gets to...more
The Lost Years -- 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...more
Clark crafts an interesting and very readable mystery without the Biblical factor, which I found to be rather distracting and "DaVinci Code"-esque. Did Jesus know how...more
- Bought this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a "lost letter writ...more
Let me honest.and tell you first off that the true reason that I picked up.this book was because it somehow reminded me of "The Da Vinci Code"... I was intrigued by the cover, blurb and the title. But sadly this is nothing but an attempt at a mystery surrounding a sacred parchment which itself has no significance in the plot. The mi...more
Not so with her latest, The Lost Yea...more
Dealing with the murder of her father, Mariah must care for her ailing mother, who is s...more
What I liked: the story moved at a good pace and there wasn't a lot of useless detail that bogged the story down. That's it for the good unfortunately.
What I didn't like: I didn't feel that the characters were well developed. It could be because there were so many of them. At one...more
Yes there is a supposed letter/parchment written by Jesus but as I said it doesn’t go into a big ch...more
If you have read MHC you kn...more
Was Professor Lyons murdered by his wife Kathleen who suffers from Alzheimers? Was he murdered by one of his colleagues with ill intentions for what MAY be the only letter that can be authenticated as written by Christ? Was he mu...more
Higgins Clark does not repeat characters, but her strong leading women are almost interchangeable: brilliant lawyer, dedicated doctor, passionate marketer, etc. (Here, Mariah, is a talented financial planner.) Clark's plots are very linear: meet an amazing but troubled lady, see impending doom, run into a series of men of shady backgrounds and intents, someone is murdered, woman is in peril, pick which of the men will harm and which will help, lo...more
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 st...more
A biblical scholar is murdered after coming upon the rare parchment in an old church about to be torn down. It is thought to be the only letter Christ has ever written and was stolen from the Vatican Library in the late 1400's, naturally after confiding in 4 of his closest associates, someone is greedy enough to covet it and murder him for i...more
It also showed the dead Professor as being human. Most often the weakness of a subject is not properly exploited, but in this novel, Jonathan Lyons' weakness ha...more
The premise that a scholar is killed in connection with a priceless document, a letter to Joseph of Aramathea thou...more
I stayed with the book for about 100 pages and could not go further. I found myself dreading picking it up to finish it and I, once started, rarely do not com...more