I used to refuse to tell anyone about myself or my thoughts. I was a pretty tightly sealed ball of information as I moved through my early years. Eventually, I made a couple of close friends that make it a habit of telling absolutely everything about themselves to absolutely everyone. It is like they are completely incapable of keeping a secret. Over the years they've rubbed off on me a bit. It's incredibly liberating to confess the awful and embarrassing things you've done over the course of your life to someone else.
This book deals with the haunting nature of big secrets better than any I've ever read. Everything is below the surface in the small New England town of long ago. Each of the three main characters has a secret that is killing them and good luck trying to get them to confess. The need to confess is a basic human need. The Catholics actually have it right I think. This book is filled with tortured souls and it shows you that sometimes the dishonor that confessing your sins brings is far superior to having a heavy conscience for the rest of your life.
This book isn't necessarily the easiest to read but it is a really good book. Something about the language and the cadence made it tough for me to read more than a chapter or so per sitting but I'm glad I toughed it out. The three main characters were all complex and intriguing. Little Pearl was probably the most interesting child I've ever seen written. If you haven't read this before I suggest giving it a try. I guarantee you'll learn something about your own inner demons.