This is in that category of books I should have loved, but didn’t. I normally love books where a contemporary character slips into a past world (whether through research or through magic!), but this novel, in which a Harvard graduate student uncovers her ancestor’s life during the era of the Salem witch trials, never really engaged me. There’s some nice detail in the colonial-era sections of the novel, but the modern-day story never felt convincing, and the main character did not seem well informed enough about the era she was supposedly studying to be a convincing grad student. This was a good concept that wasn’t nearly as well developed as it could have been.