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The Key

The most gripping, heartbreaking book of the year

By Kathryn Hughes

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The discovery of an old suitcase in an abandoned lunatic asylum unlocks a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and a devastating wrong waiting to be put right, from the #1 bestselling author of The Letter and The Secret

A hidden note. A lost love. A second chance...

'A wonderful, enthralling story; one that I didn't want to end' Lesley Pearse on The Key

'A heartbreakingly powerful read' The Sun on The Key

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.

1956
It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever...

2006
Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right . . .

'Oh wow! This story broke my heart then filled it with joy then broke it all over again! I adored The Letter and The Secret but this I have to say was my favourite. Heartfelt and poignant an absolute joy' A reader on The Key

It's time to discover what a million readers already know. No one grips your heart like Kathryn Hughes . . .

'You will find it hard to put down. I cried buckets of tears reading it'

'A beautifully told, tragic tale . . . restoring your faith in the kindness of strangers and the strength of the human spirit'

'From start to finish, a lovely, sometimes heartbreaking read'

'A sheer joy to read . . . Wonderfully romantic with beautiful characters'

'I have finished this book with tears in my eyes but a smile on my face'

'I couldn't put it down. So beautifully written. I feel like I'm a better person for reading it'

'I cried with this book - it tugged at the heart all the way through'

'This must be one of the best books I have ever read'

'You will be thinking of this book long after you've finished it'

Biographical Notes

Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester. After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada. For twenty-nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester. The Letter, Kathryn's first novel, was a digital #1 and international bestseller, and her second novel The Secret has been highly acclaimed. The Key is Kathryn Hughes' third novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781472248862
  • Publication date: 01 Mar 2018
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A heartbreakingly powerful read — The Sun
Praise for Kathryn Hughes' international bestsellers
Autumnal Sunday afternoons were invented solely to read heart-tugging novels like this — Red
This moving love story had everyone talking . . . Get set to be hooked — Look
A beautiful story . . . I didn't want to put it down — Reviewed by Fran
You will find it hard to put down. I cried buckets of tears reading it — Books With Wine And Chocolate
A wonderful, uplifting story — Lesley Pearse
Beautifully written and incredibly poignant. You cannot fail to fall for this story . . . I am delighted to highly recommend — The Last Word Book Reviews
The story kept me gripped . . . A breath of fresh air, and just what I needed after a long day in the office — Here.You.Me
An emotional and intriguing read . . . Keeps you guessing right to the end — People’s Friend
Gripping — Good Housekeeping
Heart-warming and optimistic — Jen Med’s Book Reviews
A gripping and moving family drama that will tug at the reader's heart — Writing magazine
Pulled me in right from the first page . . . I really enjoyed this book — Rea’s Book Reviews
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was filled with all kinds of mystery, family secrets, [and] characters that really stood out — Read Along With Sue
One that you just HAVE to finish — Hollie in Wanderlust
A wonderful and memorable read that will stay with me for a long time — By The Letter Book Reviews
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