This book was a reread for me. I read the first five books in this series when they first came out and I remember being absolutely riveted. I wasn't wrong! This book sucked me in and kept me there, sufficiently scared but also needing to know what was going to happen.
Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son and when he turns thirteen he is apprenticed to the spook. A spook's job is to protect the county from the dark, from ghasts and boggarts and witches. Tom is not necessarily excited about his future job. He knows that the spook's life is lonely and dangerous but his mother, who seems to have the gift of sight, tells him that he is meant for this life. Tom resolves to make the best of it.
However, he quickly gets himself involved with a girl who wears pointy shoes, something the spook has warned him against. Now there are missing children in the village and a witch on the loose and the spook just happens to be out of town. Can Tom handle it himself with just a couple of weeks worth of training? What about when an angry witch gets too close to his family?
This book was exciting and scary. However, it's definitely not for the faint of heart!