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The Key to It All [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Rees
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When five random people simultaneously receive ‘the key’, they don’t realize that their lives are about to change forever. Shrouded in secrecy, the mysterious silver key is delivered to each of them along with a code, a web address and a promise that – if used wisely – it can unlock a door to luxury and privilege beyond their wildest dreams.

However, as each of them begins to use the key, they are propelled into a world of hazy moral choices, and soon start to question their enigmatic gift. Who is funding the key’s lavish promises? And why have they been chosen to receive it? Only the bravest will use it to seek the truth . . .

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A riveting rollercoaster of a tale, full of intrigue, high-stakes drama and compelling characters that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. (Hello!)

A cleverly constructed tale about moral choices and debts repaid. (Bella)

It may be lacking shoulder pads and Dynasty mud fights but, make no mistake, this is a return to the 1980s style of block and bonkbuster dramas . . . Bling and bodybags mount up in a breathless bit of beachread fluff. (Star)

Filled with her trademark fast-paced action, high drama, wit, suspense and sex appeal, The Key to It All is Rees' best novel yet. There is everything we have come to expect and more... a sexy novel with a moral heart, a tale of excess with a warm sense of awareness, a cautionary tale with a conscience. (Pam Norfolk Blackpool Gazette)

A rip-roaring thriller. (

It certainly lived up to and exceeded all my expectations. It was a real page turner of a read which had me hooked right from the off . . . it's a fantastic read. (

About the Author

Joanna Rees grew up in Chelmsford before getting an English and Drama degree at Goldsmiths' College. After several bizarre jobs, including running her own sandwich-delivery business and writing promotions for the back of Sugar Puffs boxes, It Could Be You, was published in 1997 under her maiden name, Josie Lloyd, and enabled her to meet fellow novelist, Emlyn Rees. Together they wrote Come Together, a twenty-something rom-com, which became a number one Sunday Times bestseller and was translated into twenty-six languages. They went on to co-write six more successful novels, and along the way got married and had three kids. In 2007 Joanna went solo and wrote Platinum, followed by Forbidden Pleasures in 2010. Joanna also writes a light-hearted blog about her life as a novelist and mother in Brighton called, which was in the top ten Times mummy blogs. The Key To It All is her twelfth novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1417 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Five very different people, located all across the world are the recipients of a key. This key can be the answer to their prayers, or could be the start of a nightmare.
Each of them receive exactly the same key, each of them have exactly the same instructions, and none of them have a clue who sent the key, or why.
It soon becomes clear to these five people that the key will allow them access to riches beyond their belief, it will allow them to become powerful, and famous and noticed by others.

Being the owner of the key will also thrust them into situations where their morals and beliefs are tested, and they will all deal with these challenges in different ways.

The Key To It All is an action-packed story that is intriguing from the start. Each of the five characters are developed excellently, and each of their stories are tightly woven into a plot that is filled with glitz, glamour, violence, terror and the ultimate pay-back.

The reader is transported right across the globe, taking in Rio, London and Cannes amongst others. The descriptions are lush, the characters are real and well-developed. As the individual character stories begin to start to link together, the pace really becomes frantic but more and more compellling.

As well as being a fantastic read, The Key To It All will make readers stop and consider. What would you do if you were offered access to everything you ever wanted? Would you question? Would you accept, not knowing if it would end, or if you would ever have to pay for it?

The Key To It All is racy, it's well-paced and it's a great concept and excellently written. I enjoyed every page - highly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, enjoyable story you can't put down. 28 Feb. 2014
By aurorah
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of this author's books and think this is her best ever. It has a great premise at the heart of a fantastic plot and moves along at an irresistable pace. I read it over two days and loved every page. The mysterious key is delivered to five people who really need the opportunities it provides, but it is not as simple as that... The story moves around the world and has the glamour, wit and sex appeal we all expect from Joanna Rees. Don't miss out on a book which will keep you gripped through every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best book to date 9 Mar. 2014
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd been looking forward to reading The Key to It All by Joanna Rees ever since I first spotted it on Amazon as the concept sounded so intriguing, and having read all of her previous books I'd definitely say that this is definitely her best book to date.

The lives of five complete strangers from different parts of the world are about to suddenly change as they each receive a mysterious key which when used has the unseen power to grant them any wish that they desire. It's a real Pandora's box as it could give a chance to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of those around them but make the wrong choices and it could also turn into a living nightmare...

What I loved most about this storyline was the diversity of the five main characters as they all were completely different, not just because they came from different countries but also the lives they led before and after as a result of receiving the key. But the one thing that they all do have in common is their ultimate questions... who is behind the key scheme and why were they specifically chosen?

As I've already said I loved the concept of The Key to It All as it sounded so different to anything I'd read previously and it certainly lived up to and exceeded all my expectations. It was a real page turner of a read which had me hooked right from the off as we're taken on a journey with Julia, Christian, Scooter, Kamika and Harry as they deal with the consequences of the choices they make. It's a thought provoking story that does make you think about what would you do if you received the ultimate power.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 13 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great idea, well paced with interesting characterisation. However, the ending was very rushed and I still don't know what Harry's connection was to the whole thing.....?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The key to it all.... 12 Mar. 2014
By emily c
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great thriller and a real mystery right until the very end. Each character is distinct from the rest and that is what makes this book a worthwhile read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joanna Rees key to it all paperback 7 April 2014
What drawed me into this book was that I liked the cover of the five smartly dressed people look like out of the TV programe gossip girl or 9210 or revenge, and the idea of the plot..Five random people all recieve a key. What the five people do not realize is that it about to change their lives ever. Julie Pires a teacher leaves her school and finds a black wallet full of bank notes.Scooter Black is sent by her agent for a screen test.. I am afaraid I did not relate to the five characters. I thought this might be a novel that I would not be able to put down . But I didnt really like the story. Normally I can get into all kinds of novels, but not this one. I am really glad that many other readers loved this story. After all that is what makes us all different we all like different novels. I hope that many other readers will enjoy this story. I personally do not want any feedback on review as I am not the only one who could not relate to the characters and the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed it but just thought it would be a bit better than it was
Published 2 days ago by hugo712
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
An interesting read, though a little unconvincing & grim in places. I liked the twists & the clues throughout the book, but it was hard to keep track of all the characters & most... Read more
Published 2 months ago by katfink2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Who did what and why?
Kept me guessing until the end. Had to keep reading. Took some time to work out the different people but felt that I got to know them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab book hope it becomes a movie I couldn't put this down
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Published 3 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great chick lit with a few twists.
Published 3 months ago by sally ann ferguson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i lost interest in thin book 1/4 of the way through.
Published 3 months ago by Marina
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful!
I've read only the 45% of the book and I've to say Im struggling to continue. I do not like any of the characters, in fact I kind of hate them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bea
3.0 out of 5 stars A good readw
Have just discovered this author but quite liked the story. Did feel that perhaps there was too many characters as it took me a while to get into book but I stayed with it and... Read more
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