Gail L. (Maitland, FL)
The Good Old Days
Stash is like going on a trip from the past. The different perspectives written by the author makes the book quite interesting. We flower children from the 70's can definitely relate to the material in this book. I would recommend it to anyone, but we would especially enjoy it.
Liz M. (Morristown, NJ)
Stash by David Klein
I liked this book a lot, I really enjoyed reading it. The characters were believable and relatable. Even though Gwen made a bad choice to smoke pot and drive her car, resulting in the death of an elderly man, you feel that she was really a good person. She just wanted to do the best she could for her children and husband, as a result she felt unimportant and invisible.
We have become a pharmaceutical society that can justify medicating ourselves for the smallest of reasons. The author ties in her misuse of a substance with the corporate coverup of the dangerous side effects of a prescription drug. People are always willing to overlook the danger in order to benefit from the results.
Cheri W. (Grand Rapids, MN)
I'm sure there is a great story inside of David Klein (the author); however, this book moved along ever so slowly and then, BAM! it was over. The ride to the end was all over the place. The dual story lines did not work well in this particular book and neither story was consistent. I would hesitate to read another book by this author.
Eileen L. (Danvers, MA)
Started off great but lost a little steam
I loved this book right up until the end, when the author seemed intent on wrapping it all up with a bow. The premise of the book is age old-a split second decision, how that decision can go so awry so quickly, the fear of being judged, the justifications we all try to comfort ourselves with-great stuff. Although the characters were not fully developed I still found them interesting and for awhile there I was hooked. Then the book just kind of ran out of steam and I felt a little let down. I would characterize it as a good beach read for the summer!
Melissa K. (Oviedo, Florida)
I enjoyed reading the book very much. The story had a fast pace, that kept the reader interested. The characters were well developed and engaging. I felt the writing was reminiscent of Andre Dubus III (author of The House of Sand and Fog). I was a little disappointed in the ending, as I was anticipating a twist in the plot. Overall I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend the book to others.
Beatrice D. (Floral Park, New York)
This novel seems to have been written in the hopes of becoming a "made for TV movie" Each chapter ends at a propitious place for commercials, each section could be part of a three or four part series. The book is filled with cliched characters, trite dialog and events.
Name brand products are thrown in wherever possible-does the author get some kind of payback for each name mentioned? The certainly don't move the story along. There is also a lot of information about drug dealing and use as well as about pharmaceutical corporate marketing practices.
Bill L. (Hilliard, OH)
What a great book!
Wow! From the first page, I was hooked. What an amazing debut novel by David Klein. The book is filled with twists and turns from the beginning and doesn't disappoint. Klein is able to show how the actions of one person can have consequences for so many others. I highly recommend this book and look forward to Mr. Klein's next novel.