THE STONE STEPS TO THE BASEMENT were ice-cold under my barefeet. In the scullery, the copper gleamed dimly and the floor hadn't been swept. Through the kitchen wall, Cook was snoring. If she'd taken her normal measure of gin before falling into bed then she'd sleep through a hurricane.
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Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs.Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there's something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself---a secret that will shatter everything Abi knows.