The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

thelostyearsGenre: Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 2012

Mariah Lyons’ life is shattered when her father is murdered and her mother, an Alzheimer’s victim, is accused of the crime. The police believe Kathleen killed her husband during one of her lucid moments because of his infidelity. Desperate to believe her mother’s innocence, Mariah sets out to uncover what happened that night.

Father Aiden O’Brien tells her that just prior to his death, Jonathan Lyons believed he had found one of the greatest religious and archeological treasures of all time — a letter written by Christ to Joseph of Arimathea. With this new knowledge, Mariah is convinced that her dad’s murder is related to the parchment and not to his affair. She finds that those in her father’s close circle of friends are harboring hidden secrets of their own.

When people who were close to the late Biblical scholar start disappearing, it becomes obvious that no one is safe. Someone is desperate to keep the truth hidden and he/she will stop at nothing — not even murder — to keep it from coming out. Mariah will rely on Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned sleuth, to solve this mystery.

In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark returns with another suspense-filled novel that will keep one’s heart racing until the end when the killer is finally revealed in a shocking turn of events. With plenty of suspicious characters going around, the Queen of Suspense leads her readers down one rabbit trail after another that will have their mind spinning as they try to unravel the clues.

Clark’s fans will recognize characters like Willy and Alvirah Meehan and Father Aiden O’Brien who return once again, better than ever. As always, Clark delivers another great book which I definitely recommend.

Review copy provided by publisher.

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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