Checking Out – Nick Spalding
It may be crashing down in one sense but in another context, it is a hilarious, side-splitting comedy, with extremely clever observations and really witty dialogue. The pace is relentless and at every turn, Nick Spalding is creating another hapless and amusing situation.
If you love slap-stick funny then you’ll absolutely cherish this!
In this novel you’re not going to get poetic, lyrical writing but an enjoyable easy read. What you discover are vivid and observant descriptions of antics and situations that are just genius. The scene with Nathan and his new girlfriend in his home-recording studio is one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read. I haven’t laughed that loud and hard since watching ‘Something about Mary’. My wife and kids came running to see what was happening me and I just couldn’t get the words out to explain. Don’t read this book on public transport or anywhere in public as you may get locked up as an uncontrollable slobbering idiot. Sudden explosive bursts of laughter are to be expected!
The last third of the book takes a gear change and the atmosphere alters to a more serious tone. Not sad, just more searching and reflective. Nathan needs to come to terms with his situation and the fact he wants to leave a legacy. What can he do to leave his mark on the world and satisfy his conscience?
In a book with so much laughter, there is also a serious life lesson to be emphasised – we all make a difference, we all leave a footprint, we all matter! Nathan goes to great lengths to understand what a life of meaning would entail and set in motion events that will continue after he is no longer around.
This is a book I would highly recommend.