I liked this book. The pacing was good and the switching from the character, Connie's present to the past of the Witch Trials was a great way to organize the book. Her mom, Grace was a bit of a whack job and I felt Connie's irritation at her during their dialogue in the story. I also found that Connie was a bit dumb at times with regards to what her mom was trying to tell her. The person advising her at school, Mr. Chilton seemed like a nice man but about halfway through the book, I felt something was a bit off about him. Turns out I was right. That is all I will say about that because it will give away the ending and frankly, it was a bit predictable. I found Sam to be an interesting character although highly underused. I think Katherine should have expanded on that character even in the hospital scenes. I guess it was not really the main point of the book though.
When I started really getting into this book is when Connie started to dig into her past and realize her family connection to what she was studying. I could relate to what she was doing as I have researched my family many times and still do some from time to time. There were times the story was predictable and there were times where I wanted to dumb slap Connie toward the end before the big reveal of what was going on but all in all, a good book. I am hoping to read Ms. Howe's next novel and have high hopes for it. Who knows, I may treat myself to it on my new Kindle.