The Servants

Michael Marshall Smith
fantasy, young adult
The Servants - Michael Marshall Smith

For young Mark, the world has turned as bleak and gray as the Brighton winter. Separated from his real father and home in London, he's come to live with his mother and her new husband in an old house near the sea. He spends his days alone, trying to master the skateboard, while other boys his age are in school. He hates the unwanted stepfather who barged into Mark's life to rob him of joy. Worst of all, his once-vibrant mother has grown listless and weary, no longer interested in anything beyond her sitting room.

But on a damp and chilly evening, an accident carries Mark into the basement flat of the old woman who lives at the bottom of his stepfather's house. She offers tea, cakes, and sympathy... and the key to a secret, bygone world. Mark becomes caught up in the frenetic bustle of the human machinery that once ran a home, and drawn ever deeper into a lost realm of spirits and memory. Here below the suffocating truths, beneath the pain and unhappiness, he finds an escape, and quite possibly a way to change everything.

A richly evocative, poignantly beautiful modern-day ghost story, The Servants marks the triumphant return of Michael Marshall Smith – the first novel in a decade from the multiple award-winning author of Spares.

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Release date: 2007
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Updated: August 26, 2021
Other books by Michael Marshall Smith
Only Forward
One of Us
When God Lived in Kentish Town & Others
The Vaccinator
What You Make It
Binary 2
Cat Stories
More Tomorrow & Other Stories
Everything You Need
Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
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