Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark



ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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:

A couple of weeks ago I was excited to find two Mary Higgins Clark books at a thrift store.  Last week I reviewed I Heard That Song Before.  This week I read the second one I had picked up, The Lost Years. 

Jonathan Lyons is murdered in his home.  His wife Kathleen, who is suffering from dementia, is found in the closet clutching the gun that was used to kill him.  Seems like a slam dunk case.  However, before his death, Jonathan had found a rare parchment, a letter written by Jesus Christ, which was stolen from the Vatican hundreds of years earlier.  So...did Kathleen kill her husband or was his murder related to the priceless parchment he had in his possession?

Another great Mary Higgins Clark book!  If you like suspense, I highly recommend this one.