Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Book Review: The Key by Kathyrn Hughes

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

This book. This damn book broke my heart. But I loved it so darn much. And I have to give a shout-out to the lovely Alex. It's because of her I got the chance to read this book, a book I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise. But safe to say, I'm now a huge Kathryn Hughes fan and will be looking out for her other books in the future.

This was a fantastic novel mixing romance, mystery and intrigue in a heady combination that leaves the reader totally caught up in the story. I could not bear to put this book down at any point, and I raced through it in record speed. And then, of course, I felt that bereavement you always feel after finishing a fantastic read. I can't be the only one who feels a sense of loss when you turn the final page of a five star read? 

I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's an evocative, emotional read. It's a read that will have you feeling all the feels throughout. It's a book that'll keep you guessing right up until the end. It's a book that will break you heart but ultimately, by the end, put it back together again. And for that reason, The Key by Kathryn Hughes, earns a place on the list as one of my favourite books of 2018!

Rating: *****

Have you read anything by Kathryn Hughes? 

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