Nick Spalding has a winning formula in his novels, he grabs contemporary issues and adds drama and humour to create entertaining and thought-provoking stories. He seems to be on a quest to address as many of the outstanding matters in modern life as possible. In Going Green the cause is the environment, recyclable energy and climate change. Nick doesn’t preach these issues but rather tells an engrossing story with multiple twists, laugh out loud scenes and characters that are fascinating and prone to more than the odd mishap.
Ellie Cooke works in PR for Stratagem PR and finds that the boss she loves has just sold the business to Nolan Reece, a successful marketing entrepreneur, that has a new market niche that he wants to target, stating “I want to run an ethical PR company that prides itself on its green credentials.” Ellie drives a petrol-guzzling, smoke polluting car and knows nothing about the green agenda, but as her new boss has indicated, he can only keep on some of the employees in the now rebranded Viridian PR. Ellie is determined to demonstrate that she should be one of them and plans to stand out as a committed environmental activist. When I say Ellie was an interesting character it should be followed by a hmmm because I felt quite detached from her at times and I couldn’t quite get her reasoning for some of the decisions she made. At the same time, she did entertain and as I’ve come to eagerly expect (because Nick Spalding is so good at it) the scenes that go awry and leave you laughing out loud. Ellie is a go-getter, but in meeting new clients who are all committed, and often obsessive to the green cause, something starts to shift in her conscience.
“Up until now, all of my efforts have been purely directed at keeping and maintaining my pay packet, and it’s felt like a noble and just cause to me. But there’s something about the meeting that I’ve just had with the owners of Veganthropy Foods that has shifted my thinking.”
The lies mount from several of the characters and I wondered how this would all end, especially as I’m prepared for the moral lesson of the story. Well, it didn’t go as I was expecting but probably a lot of other readers will see it coming.
Going Green is a book I can recommend and as always it leaves you with an ethical ponderance and an entertaining experience that has many light-hearted and humorous moments. I would like to thank Amazon Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review.