The Key is Kathryn Hughes third novel and though I've enjoyed each one, I think they just keep getting better and better.
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...'
Being set in a lunatic asylum, I wondered if the story would be similar to The Ballroom which I read last year and though I enjoyed both books, they were both completely different.
The inspiration for this book came from the true story of the Willard Asylum in Willard, New York, where workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. Many of them appeared untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before entering the institution.
My reading mojo has been very hit and miss since my mum died at the end of March but I've been lucky to have read two great books back to back in this and The Ship of Brides, which I posted about last month, and these have definitely kick started my reading habit again.
I was hooked from the beginning and I can thoroughly recommend this book. Kathryn Hughes' fourth book has recently been published and is already downloaded on my Kindle.