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The Key

Written by: Kathryn Hughes
Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A hidden note. A lost love. A second chance.... 

From the number one best-selling author of The Letter, Kathryn Hughes, comes The Key, an unforgettable story of a heartbreaking secret that will stay with you for ever.

1956 

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....

2006

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.

©2018 Kathryn Hughes (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

What the critics say

"A wonderful, enthralling story; one that I didn't want to end." (Lesley Pearse on The Key)

"Gripping." (Good Housekeeping on The Secret)

"Hughes creates a sense of time and place effortlessly. The social context is incredibly important and once again, conveyed so well that the reader feels immersed in the world of Ambergate. Even though some of the story is set in the past, it still feels relevant and still raises questions about attitudes to mental illness, trauma, motherhood and grief." (Bibliomaniac on The Key)

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beautifully written and read

This book made me laugh and cry. A tragic story that's beautifully told. Something every care-giver should read.

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Superb!

Jo Froggatt makes Kathryn Hughes’ beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking story come to life so vividly I felt myself living alongside its characters, accompanying them on their journeys. Wholeheartedly recommend it!

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  • anne
  • 2018-10-29

If you like Lifetime movies

If you like Lifetime Movies, you will like this book. Please don't think I'm knocking Lifetime movies. I watched them frequently when I was in my 20's. For me this book just did not have enough depth and the characters were somewhat one dimensional. I found it predictable and a little "preachy". However, I also have to admit to reading Kate Morton's latest just before this one and was probably looking for something as in-depth and intense. I cannot recommend this book to fans of Elizabeth George, Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Tana French, or Ruth Rendell.

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  • Susan
  • 2018-03-31

Outstanding Narration

The best thing about The Key is the narration by Joanne Froggatt. Ms. Froggatt’s performance turned an okay book into a very good one. The author does a good job describing the horrible conditions of the insane asylums of the past. It was the all too neat and tidy ending of the book that I didn’t care for. Still, all in all, I would recommend The Key.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-09

Different

This was a very intense book. At times it was difficult to listen to or read. It was heartbreaking , sad and wrong. However it kept my interest and at the end , it was all wrapped up. JoAnne Foggatt did a remarkable job!!

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  • UH60Girl
  • 2020-06-23

Too long and too slow

I was waiting and waiting for something wonderful or heart touching moment but alas it never came. I did love Amy and Sara but the rest was just bla.

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  • Tierney A Fitzpatrick
  • 2020-06-04

Confusing

The story was good, once you're able to follow it. There is a lot of jumping back and forth between now and then. I was confused for most of the book until the characters finally clicked. I thought the ending could have been better. All in all I thought it was a "just ok" book. Not sure I would recommend.

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  • mlfarr
  • 2020-05-04

Good book!

This book left me wanting more! I didn't want it to end. I LOVED the narrator, Joanne Froggstt!

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  • pamela harrington
  • 2020-03-18

Excellent Audio

What a story I had a very hard time putting it down to go to bed! Such a good story. Narrator did such a good job making you interested , in all the characters. You won't be disappointed with the audio book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-07-05

the key

Didn't put down emotionally gripping to the very end. Kept saying will put down after after this chapter didn't happen.

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  • Pattie & MistyBlue
  • 2019-05-31

The Key

The Key To do this is the time when so many things were planned not to help so many who would be struggling with mental illnesses. The time of this story is when so many things were going to happened to everyone. Some of this took time when so many things were set aside in the mental hospital. The care that was going on to the health of the patients. Who were suffering from some type of mental disorder. There was Amy who was there with her problems, and no one would believe her. This story was telling in difference parts of the story when there were some things were going on with. Traditional time people were there for finding difficult things to help patients. Who was left asIde with mental abuse and what was going on with them. The Doctor he himself, now was finding himself with some perspective things, he had to leave hospital. Now latter without his daughter; she would help in finding things from information, informative information about what there. Also who was a homeless boy and the baby that was born in the mental hospital.

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  • Angelbabe
  • 2019-04-28

Great all ‘round!

Excellent story. I list to all audible books narrated by Joanne Froggatt! Thanks to all who worked on this project!