Surrender to life of crime and fantasy

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THE sun is shining, the children are on holiday and hopefully there will be some lovely days ahead for play and relaxing, and the best way to relax in my book is with a great holiday read. So which authors do the team at Waterstones Morpeth recommend as great holiday reads.

Jonny and Heather love Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels.

Starting with The Killing Floor, Lee Child has made this series fast and dynamic, which draws you in for a high octane read.

Jack Reacher is a highly decorated former military police major, who since leaving the army has drifted across the USA with only money and his trusty foldable toothbrush in tow.

A warning should come with the Reacher novels as they are highly addictive with fans all over the world waiting with baited breath for the next in the series, A Wanted Man (out August 30), which carries on from where Worth Dying For left off.

Alison is planning to start George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.

The first of this series, Game of Thrones, came out in 1996, but since its TV debut in 2011 a whole new readership has been introduced to the Seven Kingdoms, where war and catastrophe has reigned supreme as the high born families fight for power and the Iron Throne.

With six novels so far in the series this is a colossal read which will have you ‘chomping at the bit’ for the next instalment.

Connie has discovered Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid’s Chronicles, which is a great urban fantasy series featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, a druid who is holed up in the Arizona desert running an occult bookshop with his Irish wolfhound Oberon for company.

Fans of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files will love this series. Connie can’t wait until November 29 for the next in the series.

Jo and Caroline loved Richard Ford’s Canada.

The opening paragraph hooks you with the line: “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.”

From this opening line we follow Dell Parsons, a studious boy who dreams of keeping bees and joining the chess club until the fateful day when his parents decide to rob a bank.

Beautifully crafted, showing humanity’s failings and frailties, this is a novel of observation and characterisation.

It wouldn’t surprise us to see this being nominated for numerous awards. Stunning.