I chanced upon this book in the sale in the Oxford book store sale. It was an amazing buy. I finished it in one sitting. The book opens on a night when an entire family is killed by an assassin named Jack. Everybody except the family's baby. He unwittingly escapes as he crawls away wait for it - into a graveyard. His mother's ghost before passing over begs the ghosts in the graveyard to take care of their baby son. He is named Nobody Owens (or Bod) and the ghosts decide to protect him from danger. This is the first dark book i have read where the ghosts are actually nice. The book is follows his adventures in and out of the graveyard. His relationship with his guardian, the ghosts in the graveyard and Scarlett,the only living girl he meets are pretty well bought out. You watch spell bound as Bod grows up to a young adult. Jack has still not given up on the hunt for Bod and the book culminates in a well written climax.
I agree its a young adult book and not exactly meant for someone like me. I would give it a four out of five. Definitely worth the read.