In her long career as America's most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic work 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.
Dr. Richard Callahan, a world-respected biblical scholar, is astonished when Mariah Lyons shows him a letter left to her by her late father, a distinguished professor of ancient history. The letter, which contains a translation from a 2,000-year-old papyrus scroll, is accompanied by a dusty clay jar and a fragile fragment of papyrus torn from a scroll. If accurate, the translation made by Mariah's father, an Arabic scholar, shows that the scroll contains a letter in Christ's own handwriting, and more than that, concerns a pivotal moment in his life.
But the rest of the scroll has vanished, and Mariah is aware that somebody else out there wants it. With Dr. Callahan's help, Mariah is drawn into the search for the scroll, the very existence of which might change the world - and for which somebody close to her would kill to possess. Step by step, Mariah's quest takes her deeper and deeper into danger.
With all the elements that have made her a worldwide best seller, Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is unpausable, a thriller that is at once a breathless mystery and a hunt for the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time.
©2012 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
I enjoy the pace of MHC's plots as they unfold with ease and give you very believable characters.
I think I found the threads of history very interesting, and the mystery was most tastefully done.
This may seem odd; but though I like Jan's voice, sometimes when she switches to the main female character it's sweet as syrup... just sounds fake. That being said, bear in mind that this is the only negative critique of her performance that I could ever give.
A good mystery.
The story unfolded without giving away the ending.
I find it difficult to sit long enough to listen to any book, in one sitting.
I thought that more of the story would be related to the history of the letter, where it had been and what would be happening to it.
It was a light easy read, but very predictable.
Her books are all easy reads- good to just enjoy during the summer. Not thought provoking or a great mystery but enjoyable.
This is pretty much what you can expect from Mary Higgins Clark. I am surprised it is on the best sellers list. It was okay but I wouldn't recommend it.
Simple and nice. Bland like my description.
I thought the main character's voice was annoying but maybe it was her personality and the performance was really good.
No - as a rule I like Mary Higgins Clark books this one was just blah.
Good book - probably in the top 10 audio books I have listened to so far
Good reader, good plot
This was a very easy listen and had a great story line. Classic Mary Higgins Clark and great story.
Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
I found it dull and predictable
I have always loved M:H:C's books before and was surprised to find myself disappointed i this one
I found her voice shrill and irritating
Yes, go and lie down in a dark room
Sorry M.H.C. not up to your usual standard
I bought the book because of the premise of the story. This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book. An hour and a half into the 6.5 hour book and nothing much has really happened. The main focus of the book seems to be the main character's emotional issues about her mother's dementia and that she may have killed the father. Only a couple slight references to the ancient scroll that I thought was the focus of the book. If this was a movie I'd say it was a 'chick flick'
I doubt it
no problem with performance
I stopped at about 90 minutes in
Could have been ok, but "heroine" is vapid, insipid, weak, and annoying. "Please, God, I just couldn't bear it..." When she was kidnapped, I kept hoping the guy would just off her.
Clark's constant supply of 5th Avenue socialites gets pretty old. She writes a good enough story, but wish she were able to give us some normal people.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
"Where are the Children" was my first MHC book and really, my first adult book. It scared the you-know-what out of me and I've devoured every MHC book since, although they are no longer so scary, are rarely truly suspenseful, and now my game is to see how early in the story I can guess "whodunit."
The Lost Years is just like MHC's other books. Damsel in some kind of distress must figure out the truth behind evidence that seems to blame someone important to here. Alvirah sweeps in and can solve things better than the police, and just at the last minute everyone is safe, the bad person (wouldn't want to imply an ending by giving away gender) is caught, love prevails, and Alvirah has been justified in her surreptitious taping of others, even though I'm pretty sure there are laws against that.
Really, the book probably deserves only 2 stars, but I love MHC, and always will. I will cherish the photo of us together from the time I met her and the autographed book I have. I will not, however, consider her writing great literature that might change the world. Leave that to many other writers, both modern and classic, who challenge our thinking and world view.
MHC will always be a good read while killing time in the airport, curled up in bed on a sick day or lazy reading on the beach.
"Not my cup of tea!"
Still not managed to finish this book despite my best intentions!!! Sure I'll get round to it in a period of audible drought!!!
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