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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  5,427 ratings  ·  892 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Elise M.
Life is too short to read a bad book.

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
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Tennaners
Mary Higgins Clark is reliable, if nothing else, for serving up bland murder mysteries for the Matlock set. I didn't go into this thinking "hard-hitting think piece" so much as "of the Golden Girls, I really wish Dorothy would've been the last one. Love me some Maude." Her books aren't terrible, however, and can help you pass time you'd otherwise spend chewing your nails or pondering self-tanner (don't.) Also, she has a free pass for "All Around the Town," and always will, as it was the first bo ...more
Anushka
Let me make this clear: I love Mary Higgins Clark.
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
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Denise
Several years ago, I had read and loved everything Mary Higgins Clark had written. For many reasons I had not attempted to read one of her books over the past 5 or 6 years. However, the premise of The Lost Years intrigued me so I decided to give the author another try. To my great disappointment, I found this book too difficult to complete.

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
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Cathy Standish
Let me preface this review by noting that in the past I have read Mary Higgins Clark. In the past I enjoyed her writing, enjoyed her books, her style. Touted "The Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark wrote novels that were pleasant summer reads, books to be read while basking in the summer sun while lounging by the beach or the pool. Sadly, that time seems to have passed.

With "The Lost Years" Mary Higgins Clark introduces us to her ghost-writing hack. Poorly written, with laughable plot, ridic
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Colleen Vincent
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Lynn
Normally, I read MHC as a sort of "palate cleanser"--light, easy reading in-between heavier subject matter. I enjoy her mysteries and her characters normally hook me. I first read "Where are the Children?" more than 20 years ago and I still recall how drawn into the story I was, so much so that I was surprised to find out it was hot and sunny outside when I put the book down. I felt such a part of the story, I thought it was cold and gray and ominous outside.

Not so with her latest, The Lost Yea
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Carol
I like Mary Higgins Clark. Maybe its because she lives in my area, or that I see her shopping at the A&P, or that her grandson went to school with my daughter, or that I've heard her lecture many times (along with Harlen Coben who also lives in my area - I see him pounding away at his laptop at the local Panera). Whatever it is, I like her, and I like her writing. This time, however, she really disappointed me. Mary says that she usually comes up with her plot ideas from reading the newspape ...more
Christine
"The Lost Years" is the only book I've ever thrown a fit over having wasted money on ($7.99 plus tax? Should've bought three Chick-fil-As at the airport instead... more appetizing). It's also a book I'll keep in my library to remind myself what authors can get away with once they've established themselves. She's Mary Higgins Clark so she can write what anyone else would get a form rejection for?

Disappointments/Outrages:

- Bought this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a "lost letter writ
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Jessica
I don't know if Mary Higgins Clark is slipping or if I've overestimated her in the past, but this book was awful. The entire thing is narrated by various characters terribly - everything is told, not shown. It reminded me a lot of Carol Higgins Clark, actually, making me wonder if she's doing some ghostwriting for her mom. Usually Carol's books are redeemed by being a fun romp, albeit a poorly written one, but this was neither fun nor a romp.

If you want to read Mary Higgins Clark, definitely rea
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Lynda Kelly
I bought this as it was on offer....and Mary Higgins Clark has never let me down before. Even though Amazon had no real synopsis listed which made me wonder. When she mentions in her acknowledgements that her editor had suggested a biblical background to a book my first thought was "oh noooooooo, I hope it isn't" but it sadly was getting that way and I lost interest and packed it in at 26% when we were being told all about Pontius Pilate. To say I lost all interest and would never have picked th ...more
MissSusie
As usually Mary Higgins Clark keeps you guessing, she really is the queen of suspense. From the description I was afraid it would be different than her usual works (or too Dan Brown-y) but it wasn’t it was another great mystery/suspense and with the bonus of Alvirah who was not even mentioned in the synopsis which I don’t understand, I am a fan of Alvirah so was happy when her and Willie showed up!

Yes there is a supposed letter/parchment written by Jesus but as I said it doesn’t go into a big ch
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Sandy Mitchell
The plot of this book by respected and prolific novelist, Mary Higgins Clark, centers around a letter supposedly written by Jesus to Joseph of Arimathea, the only letter penned by Jesus. Clark says in the forward to the book that the idea came from her longtime editor (and writer), Michael Korda. She shouldn't have listened to him.

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
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Cassy
I've read almost all of Mary Higgins Clark's books. I was very disappointed by this one. Normally her books are fun, quick reads that keep me guessing until the end. I had to force myself to finish this one. I figured out the ending well before I read it, which was a let down because I always look forward to a good plot twist and surprise ending with her books. She spent a good deal of time describing what the characters were eating and wearing as well as repeating information that had just been ...more
Steph
As much as I loved to see Alvirah and Willy back, I found this to be a very predictable plot. My mom didn't figure out the killer until the end, whereas I knew who the killer was by the end of the first few chapters. Perhaps I've read too many MHC books that I can guess her patterns. Found it only okay and not overly exciting.
Nancy
Great story. Keeps you guessing the whole book long.

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
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Mary
I enjoyed this book, but I must be getting too old. I could not keep up with the days as Mary set them up. She was telling the story from many people's angle.

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
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Gloria Feit
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.

Ins
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J.J. Lair
I’ve read all her past books including her memoir, so it pains me to rate this so harsh. Mary Higgins Clark was never known for literary writing, but she was solid and told a good story. Over the years, little writing faux pas showed like point of view shifts, adverbs or several sentences starting with the same words. This tended to be minor and the story carried the day anyway.
The Lost Years has so many things that creative writers avoid that I couldn’t get past page 60. I never flip to the en
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Sónia
Sendo eu apreciadora confessa do género policial/thriller, não poderia deixar de ler este livro, muito embora ache que dentro do tema há autores bem melhores...

Se há coisa que me desperta interesse neste tipo de leitura é a forma como as emoções vão evoluindo em crescendo, de forma "rítmica", para saber quem está por detrás dos crimes. Aqui isso também aconteceu mas apenas no início. A partir de certa altura, os factos são-nos apresentados de uma maneira tão límpida, que facilmente somos levado
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Angela
The way Mary Higgins Clark read this was to be a good page turner that kept you on the edge of your seats with the suspenses.

The book was about this married couple falling a part, the wife was losing her memory to Alzheimers and the husband was having an affair to this young lady named Lillian. When the house keeper showed the wife the pictures of her husband and Lillian it was slowly breaking the family a part.

The husband had found a sacred parchment that was written from God himself. A lot of
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Beth
This was not one of MHC's best, but I just can't bring myself to give her less than 3 stars. I mean she is 84 sheesh! In The Lost Year, Professor Jonathan Lyons believes that he has found Christ's lost letter to Joseph of Arimithea. Having shown it to a couple of experts, he is saddened to discover that one only cares about how much he can sell it for on the black market. When Professor Lyons turns up dead detectives will try to locate the parchment to find his killer.

If you have read MHC you kn
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Marley
I was stranded in a Motel 6 for two days with a sick guy (seriously). Internet access didn't work, I finished the only book I had with me, I suffered through Lord of the Rings, Clash of the Titans, and The 300 on TV and couldn't take any more. So, I walked over to a nearby Walgreens and found this book. I've only read one of Higgins; books, and that that was years ago and it was OK, but figured I'd go with this one, since I wasn't famliar with any other writer at the drugstore. The premise inter ...more
Nancy
I was asked to read this by someone at my library, who wanted a 'review' before the book went on the shelf. That said, I was skeptical about Clark's handling of the premise, and I wasn't wrong.

The book is touted as being about an actual letter written by Christ to Joseph of Arimethea and surfacing in northern New Jersey. I must say, The DaVinci Code this book is not! I guess if you have read ten of Mary Higgins Clark's books, you've read them all; this could have been about a love letter from Je
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Allison
This is the worst MHC book I've ever read. I usually like her stuff because she is clean. Her books are fun and easy to read--good for summer. Her older mysteries are great. However, her formula is so predictable at this point that you can pretty much determine the killer within the first 50 pages of any of her recent books. This one is the worst--this book was predictable, boring, cheesy, and poorly written. There were times when I had to re-read conversations because her dialogue between chara ...more
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Donna
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Ruth
I had taken a break from MH Clark books but saw this in a bargain store where it was being sold for $3.99. A hardcover for less than the price of a paperback? I'm in!

The story was about a professor of antiquities who has been killed. His 30 something daughter rushes home to find her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's with blood all over her and her father dead. The father has four close friends who were Biblical scholars or other related fields and one who attended one of her father's digs and
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Ion Bargan
Mary Higgins Clark, considerată regina suspansului din America relatează în cel mai recent roman al său “Anii pierduți” dezvăluirea crimei lui Jonathan Lyons, specialist în Biblie, care se presupune că a descopeit cel mai rar pergament din lume – o scrisoare a lui Iisus Hristos.

Un pergament furat din Biblioteca Vaticanului prin anii 1500, care, dacă ar fi autentificat, ar putea deveni cel mai venerat document din istorie şi, cu siguranţă, cel mai râvnit şi mai valoros obiect din lume. Sub promis
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Vicki Gooding
There is a reason Mary Higgins Clark is still my favorite female mystery writer. I've read nearly all her books, so when I see one I haven't read I snag it up pretty quick. In this book we find a Biblical Scholar translating some recently discovered parchments that had been stolen from the Vatican library some 1500+ years ago. Amongst them is a possible letter written from Jesus to Joseph of Arimathea. The retired College Professor was murdered by gunshot in his own home at the desk of his study ...more
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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