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Sunday, 18 December 2016

The Lost Years – Book Review

Hardcover, 292 pages
Published April 3rd, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Third Person
Fiction

ISBN 1451668864

Back Cover
In her long career as America’s most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic 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.
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 was assumed to be lost forever.
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 study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing?
It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death. Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time.

My Review
I picked up this book in the library because the cover was intriguing. The cover displayed a cross, and the story was about a parchment that Jesus-Christ wrote. Sure this book got my attention!  The blurb you read above grabbed my interest too. I’ve already read French versions of Mary Higgins’s books. And I remember not being able to put down her books until I finish them. Even if I had to read all night long. It how hooked I was on her books. So I was very excited to read this book in English.

She did a lot of research that she mixed with fiction.  The story’s beginning seemed like historical fiction. The plot wasn’t extraordinary despite some twists and turns at the end of the book. The book hooked me just at the last 50 pages. I found the main personage Mariah interesting. But some other characters were not well enough developed.
The pace was too slow during the first hundred pages. I felt like I was wasting my time. I was tempted to put down the book many times.  In fact, I guessed the murderer’s identity way before I finished the book.  It never happened when I read her previous books. I continued the reading just to confirm my suspicions.  It was a disappointment because the intrigue took too long to get started.  I am dissatisfied with this book thus I am not recommending it. I give this book 2 out 5 stars.

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