The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

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

Biblical scholar, Jonathan Lyons, believes he has found one of the greatest religious and archeological treasures of all time — a letter written by Christ to Joseph of Arimathea. However, before he can reveal his discovery to the world, Dr. Lyons is murdered. His wife, Kathleen, an Alzheimer’s victim, is accused of the murder. The police believe she killed him during one of her lucid moments because of his ongoing, five-year affair with another woman.

Their daughter, Mariah, is devastated. In a matter of days, she has lost both of her parents. Desperate to believe her mother’s innocence, she embarks on her own investigation with the help of Alvirah Meehan, a lottery winner turned sleuth. Mariah finds that those in her father’s close circle of friends aren’t at all what they seem.

In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark delivers yet another thrilling quest as only she can. With a line-up of guilty characters hiding secrets from unsavory business to extramarital affairs or even criminal pasts, the reader’s mind races to uncover their lies and figure out which one of them is desperate enough to commit murder. Clark throws in one unexpected turn of events after another keeping her audience on their toes and guessing to the very end when she finally reveals the culprit in a climactic and nail-biting finale.

Recurring characters, Willy and Alvirah Meehan, as well as Father Aiden O’Brien return to help solve the case. These characters become more fun and interesting with each passing novel, especially Willy. While most husbands would soon bore, or even grow exasperated with a wife who is constantly trying to solve other people’s problems, he doesn’t. On the contrary, Willy is always supportive and willing to help and take care of her in any way she needs.

Once again, Clark offers a great mystery filled with intriguing characters and shocking twists. I strongly recommend The Lost Years to anyone who wants to attempt matching wits with the “Queen of Suspense.” Congratulations on another winner, Clark!!

Book provided by the publisher. Thank you!

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.

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