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.
This book was full of unnecessary details that did little to further the story.
So many annoying details and scenes!
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.
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.
"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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