The Key by Kathryn Hughes

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The Key Read Online Free - From the #1 bestselling author of The Letter Kathryn Hughes comes The Key, an unforgettable story of a heartbreaking secret that will stay with you for ever.

'Riveting' Lesley Pearse on The Letter. 'Gripping' Good Housekeeping on The Secret.

It's Ellen Crosby's first day at work as a student nurse at Ambergate County Lunatic Asylum. When she meets a young girl committed by her father, and a pioneering physician keen to try out the various 'cures' available for mental illness, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change all their lives for ever...

Sarah is drawn to the abandoned Ambergate Asylum and whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase in an attic belonging to a female patient who was admitted to the asylum fifty years earlier. The shocking contents of the suitcase lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and an old wrong that only Sarah may have the power to put right.

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Title : The Key
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ISBN : 1472248856
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Miriam rated it ★★★★★

March 02, 2018

Having read Kathryn Hughes before and absolutely adoring 'The Letter' I was very much excited to get her latest book "The Key" knowing that it would be a beautifully written and heart warming story. Inspired by the true story of The Willard Asylum in Willard, New York, Kathryn has created a beaut...

I read novels rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

I missed out reading The Letter. I found The Key really well written that's based on a true story. The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was opened in 1869 and is located in Willard, NY. In 1995, after the asylum closed its doors a collection of over four hundred suitcases was discovered behi...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

March 07, 2018

Having thoroughly enjoyed the authors previous two releases I could wait to get my hands on her newest read - and as ever, the story was captivating from page one. The book is told via two different time lines and features more than one protagonist, but the structure and careful editing of the bo...

Nessa rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

Having read and loved Kathryn previous two books The Secret and The Secret, I literally couldn't wait to read this her latest book. Given the subject matter and how the story revolves around it so much, it tells you just how much research the author must have done, all of which definitely paid off...

Ophelia Sings rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 26, 2018

While exploring derelict Ambergate asylum as research for a book, writer Sarah discovers a dusty suitcase - and inside it, the key to a heartbreaking decades old tragedy... I'm afraid Kathryn Hughes' latest dual-time offering didn't really work for me - a shame, given that I've found her previous...

Angela rated it ★★★★☆

March 31, 2018

This is the second Kathryn Hughes novel I have read and I really enjoyed it. The book is set in two time frames. It begins in 1956 with a suicide attempt by a woman with a baby and then it moves to 2006 where a woman is doing research on Ambergate Lunatic Asylum for a book. While looking around t...

Paula rated it ★★★☆☆

January 19, 2018

It's 2006, and Sarah is researching the now derelict asylum that housed mental health patients in the late 50's. While exploring the abandoned building, she discovers suitcases belonging to former residents and is drawn to one in particular that contains details of a terrible secret. As her enqui...

Maddy rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

Absolutely loved this book. The story is told in two timelines. In the current day, we meet Sarah who is researching an old Asylum for a book. In the past we meet Amy who has had a traumatic life, and was admitted to the asylum by her father despite being more sad than mad. Kathryn’s writing is s...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2018

I was a late entrant to join The Key blog tour and I thought that I would struggle to read the book in the time given, but I couldn't have been more wrong. No sooner had I picked the book up than I was wiping my eyes after turning the final page. Kathryn Hughes is such a talented author that she...

Kath rated it ★★★★☆

February 26, 2018

3.5 stars but rounded up. This is another of those books that have two main timelines that meander along and eventually collide towards the end. In the late 50s we follow Ellen, a student nurse, as she starts her first work placement at Ambergate Asylum. She is little prepared for the reality she...

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