The Servants : Things are unreliable. Things break. Things fall apart. Even at 11 years old, Mark knows this all too well. By the time he moves out of London to the wintry Brighton seaside, things are already bad. His mother is ill, and Mark hates his new stepfather. There's nothing to do and the new house feels nothing like home, filled with odd sounds and hidden rooms . . . and a strange old lady in the basement. Shadows are soon gathering, as things go from bad to worse. Mark knows he has to do something, but he doesn't know what. And the only people who might be able to help him . . . may not even exist.