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The Key

The most gripping, heartbreaking novel of World War Two historical fiction from the global bestselling author of The Memory Box
  • Author
    • Kathryn Hughes
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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.

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...

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'
  • Published: Sep 06 2018
  • Pages: 448
  • 198 x 170mm
  • ISBN: 9781472248848
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Press Reviews

  • Praise for Kathryn Hughes' international bestsellers
  • Lesley Pearse

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