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The Lost Years: A Novel | [Mary Higgins Clark]

The Lost Years: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amazon Customer Wellborn, FL, United States 04-06-13
    Amazon Customer Wellborn, FL, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mary delivers yet again!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Years the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the pace of MHC's plots as they unfold with ease and give you very believable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I found the threads of history very interesting, and the mystery was most tastefully done.


    What about Jan Maxwell’s performance did you like?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Kane 05-07-12
    Joanne Kane 05-07-12
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    "Not quite what I thought it would be..."
    If you could sum up The Lost Years in three words, what would they be?

    A good mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story unfolded without giving away the ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I find it difficult to sit long enough to listen to any book, in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 07-15-12
    Kathleen 07-15-12
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    "Predictable Mary Higgins Clark"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a light easy read, but very predictable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mary Higgins Clark before, how does this one compare?

    Her books are all easy reads- good to just enjoy during the summer. Not thought provoking or a great mystery but enjoyable.


    Did Jan Maxwell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    Do you think The Lost Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 06-25-12
    Lori 06-25-12
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    "Slow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Simple and nice. Bland like my description.


    What three words best describe Jan Maxwell’s performance?

    I thought the main character's voice was annoying but maybe it was her personality and the performance was really good.


    Did The Lost Years inspire you to do anything?

    No - as a rule I like Mary Higgins Clark books this one was just blah.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 06-20-12
    Dee 06-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book"
    Where does The Lost Years rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good book - probably in the top 10 audio books I have listened to so far


    Any additional comments?

    Good reader, good plot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Chattanooga, TN, United States 06-11-12
    Amanda Chattanooga, TN, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Read"
    What did you love best about The Lost Years?

    This was a very easy listen and had a great story line. Classic Mary Higgins Clark and great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 04-29-12
    Rosemary 04-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like best about The Lost Years? What did you like least?

    I found it dull and predictable


    If you’ve listened to books by Mary Higgins Clark before, how does this one compare?

    I have always loved M:H:C's books before and was surprised to find myself disappointed i this one


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jan Maxwell’s performances?

    I found her voice shrill and irritating


    Did The Lost Years inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, go and lie down in a dark room


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry M.H.C. not up to your usual standard

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph chesapeake beach, MD, United States 03-16-14
    Joseph chesapeake beach, MD, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "slow to start and TOO much focus on personal issue"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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'


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Higgins Clark again?

    I doubt it


    What aspect of Jan Maxwell’s performance would you have changed?

    no problem with performance


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I stopped at about 90 minutes in


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 06-26-13
    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2010

    JCS

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    "And lost characters?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-04-12
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2007

    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!

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    "The Lost Hours"

    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    8/6/12
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    "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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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