An unpredictable, poignant, and captivating tale for readers of all ages, by the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward.
There are a million stories in the world. Most are perfectly ordinary.
This one… isn’t.
Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most. But she’s about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there's an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into energy, that some mushrooms can talk — and that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil for over a hundred and fifty years, and now they need her help.
‘A brilliant book’
‘I couldn't be more impressed with Smith's inventiveness’
‘An amazing talent’
‘Packs an emotional punch’ 4*
About the author
Michael Marshall Smith is a novelist and screenwriter. Only Forward, his groundbreaking first novel, won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth Awards. Its critically acclaimed successors SPARES and ONE OF US were optioned by major Hollywood studios. He has since written the internationally bestselling novels THE STRAW MEN, THE LONELY DEAD and BLOOD OF ANGELS, and his menacing thriller, THE INTRUDERS, was adapted as a major BBC television series. He lives in California with his wife, son and two cats.
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If you believe in the supernatural being common and like Neil Gaiman...
This is a magnificent book for you. The casual writing style, and almost off-hand way in which surreal things happen, is refreshing. Hannah is an 11-yr old - still in that weird space of ‘becoming’, where childhood innocence is still there but realizations and understandings of how the “adult world” works.Michael Marshall Smith has some cutting (but hopeful) insights on human nature / emotional entanglements. Sooooo good. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a couple years now, and I’m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner.