I really liked this book. It was in a similar vein to Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, with the main story set in present day and “interludes” set in the 1600s at the time of the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.
Connie is a PhD history student, looking for a subject for her dissertation but is distracted by having to clear out her grandmother’s old house near Salem. In an old Bible she finds a key and a mysterious name and decides to investigate who the woman was. She discovers that Deliverance Dane was alive around the time of the Salem Witch Trials and may have had a book of recipes handed down through her family. This book could be a subject for Connie’s dissertation.
As she tries to track down the book, certain strange events start happening.
I learned some things about the infamous witch trials from this book, and it also gives a new twist on what was going on at the time.
As a first novel, this was very good and I hope to read more from this author in the future, who incidentally is descended from two of the women accused of witchcraft.