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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.
'A wonderful, enthralling story; one that I didn't want to end' Lesley Pearse on The Key
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 . . .
It's time to discover what a million readers already know. No one grips your heart like Kathryn Hughes . . .
'I cried buckets of tears reading it'
'You cannot fail to fall for this story'
'I went through every emotion under the sun'
'One of the finest stories I have ever read'
'I have finished this book with tears in my eyes but a smile on my face'
'I feel like I'm a better person for reading it'