Monday, 6 August 2018

The Key by Kathryn Hughes

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 forever.

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 . . .

A duel timeline story set in 1956 and 2006.

 Sarah is writing a book about the now derelict Ambergate Hospital which was once described as a lunatic asylum. She manages to gain entry to the building and as she explores the rooms Sarah finds a door to a large cupboard full of suitcases. With the help of a friend she documents the contents of each suitcase. This makes her even more determined to write their story.

We then return to 1956 when nurse Ellen Crosby starts her first day working in the asylum. Through her eyes we find out the stories of the patients and follow one in particular. 

Sarah's father is connected to the asylum and he could give her the answers to her questions but he refuses to speak about how he is connected or about anyone who belongs to the suitcases that his daughter found.

Kathryn Hughes has did it again,she has made me cry. I love the way this author writes she draws you right into a story and makes you not want to leave.
This book is heartbreaking and more so because the cruelty of these asylums as well as the silly reasons that young women were admitted is well documented, and we know this story could belong to anyone of the people admitted or forced into these places. 
I read this book about a month ago and I still think about it. I found this to be a real page turner and didn't want to it it down, neither will you.

The kindle edition is out now with the paperback to be published on 6th sept.

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