Debbie M. (grand junction, CO)
This is the story of how one lapse in judgment can change your whole life. When Gwen Raine indulges in a quick marijuana smoke, she almost loses everything dear to her. It seems as if every choice she makes is the wrong one even though she means well.
The story was somewhat predictable, but the author holds your attention, and you keep turning pages.
Betty S. (Jasper, GA)
For most of this novel, the reader will think it's a cautionary tale about what can happen when middle-class folks ignore the drug laws to buy and use marijuana. Suburbanite Gwen Raine certainly gets into a lot of trouble after buying pot from an old flame. So does the old flame. But the author abandons the theme and lets Gwen off too easy in a weak ending. So, only three stars from me.
Susan S. (Lafayette, CA)
A well-written page-turner
'Stash' was extremely entertaining, fast-paced, and well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the way the viewpoint shifts back and forth among numerous different characters, and as events spin out of control we see many of them through the eyes of more than one person, which for me is a very satisfying literary device. I also liked having the plotline concerning the problems caused by the sale and purchase of illegal drugs in suburbia juxtaposed against the moral questions raised by the marketing of a legal, but possibly dangerous drug. Readers should take note also of the chapter headings, which are charming and unusual for a modern novel.
Patricia F. (Stony Brook, New York)
So many layers...
An upper middle class woman makes a decision that significantly changes the course of her life, as her husband confronts issues that have far reaching effects within his business and family. While the story definitely held my interest, it was often difficult to keep track of the many characters introduced along the way. Still a very compelling read!
Jane H. (Owensboro, KY)
Stash by David Klein
This book was full of moral dilemmas and will be a treasure trove for a good book club read. I thought the storyline was superb, fast-paced and very readable.
The only negative was I had a hard time accepting the actions/thoughts of the two main characters, the couple, Brian and Gwen.
I just couldn't reconcile the risks taken by Gwen when everything else in the story pointed to her being a great "family" person. I know this is stereotypical, but she reacted in many ways like a man to the twists that befell her in the story. The author then set the father, Brian, up to react in many stereotypical ways as a woman or mother. I don't know if this was deliberate on the part of the author to throw a twist in the story or if because he is a male that's the way he actually perceives the average male/female dynamic. It resulted in a very interesting story line, so no complaints .... but it did take me a while to settle in to the minds of the characters because of this. I would say this book will be a sleeper hit of the summer. I am looking forward to the next novel from this author.