The Key By Kathryn Hughes

The Key By Kathryn Hughes


It’s Ellen Crosby’s first day as a student nurse at Ambergate County Lunatic Asylum. When she meets a young woman committed by her father, and a pioneering physician keen to try out the various ‘cures’ 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. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who was admitted fifty years earlier. The shocking contents lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and an old wrong that only she may have the power to put right . .

My Thoughts:

I found myself utterly mesmerised by this story. I have always been intrigued by Asylums as as a kid I grew up living near one that had been derelict for a good number of years. The story jumps from past to  present and a really interesting story it is. I felt as though I learnt a great deal too and could really picture it in my mind as the writing was really descriptive. A story I wont forget but would recommend greatly.

I received a advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

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