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The Cheech Room Paperback – August 2, 2012
About the Author
Elizabeth Hoban lives in Northern New Jersey and has three grown sons. She is a medical professional at a college in New Jersey, and is the author of The Final Mission: A Boy, a Pilot and a World at War (Westholme) as well as numerous newspaper columns and magazine articles.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jillian, too, is easy to recognize as portrayed in all her anxiety over her boys and so, for me, the tension was driven by the conflict between characters each having their own cross to bear.
The section breaks make the reading bite-size and the pace flows comfortably but not too fast to appreciate the richness of the description and some unforgettable turns of phrase.
Contrasted with the tension over whether Lindy will ever be found from the snow storm is the gentle, if temporary, domesticity of mother and boys and the camaraderie of sister-in-law and brother- in- law but these belie the trouble announced by the arrival of the hot-headed and outraged father of Lindy, Mr Mason, carrying a baseball bat and prepared to use it on Jillian's boys for - as he has convinced himself - ill-treating his daughter, lost in the storm.
It is already impossible not to feel the dilemma in which Jillian finds herself; torn between growing concern and guilt over the disappearance of Mr Mason's daughter on the one hand, and the burning desire to protect her own boys while haunted by the fear that they may, indeed, have directly or indirectly contributed to the reason for Lindy's fleeing the cheech room and the disappearance of Mr Mason's daughter.
This, together with the constant attention to fine detail subtly woven into the narrative when it is most needed and the very realistic dialogue made the Cheech Room really absorbing. When the basement, which her sons have used, smells not only of drugs but begins to reveal worrying truths about Jillian's deceased husband the dilemma intensifies and this additional mystery adds a powerful dimension to The Cheech Room.
Not everything on the surface is what it seems, but ugly is ugly.