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Thriller | Mr Todd’s Reckoning | Iain Maitland

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We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts about Mr Todd’s Reckoning by Iain Maitland.

Mr Todd's Reckoning Iain Maitland

Norman Bates is alive and well… He’s living just next door

Behind the normal door of a normal house, in a normal street, two men are slowly driving each other insane. One of them is a psychopath.

The father Mr Todd is at his wits’ end. He’s been robbed of his job as a tax inspector and is now stuck at home… with him. Frustrated. Lonely. Angry. Really angry.

The son Adrian has no job, no friends. He is at home all day, obsessively chopping vegetables and tap-tap-tapping on his computer. And he’s getting worse, disappearing for hours at a time, sneaking off to who-knows-where?

The unholy spirit in the safety of suburbia, one man has developed a taste for killing. And he’ll kill again.

Mr Todd’s Reckoning by Iain Matiland is published by Contraband, Saraband’s crime fiction imprint (25th April 2019) and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


What a chilling and yet compelling read! 

Iain Maitland writes in an alluring style that places the reader in the suffocating heat of the bungalow, and amongst the overbearing and intense relationship with Mr Todd and his son Adrian.

The smothering nearness of Mr Todd and Adrian is instantly brought to the reader’s attention as being the main issue of concern. Yet upon further discovery one learns of the hidden secrets … and when reading between the line of each page, the horror of a person’s insane justifications for their actions screams louder and louder.

The psychological scrutiny with which Iain Maitland has written this book indicates how truly terrifying the human mind can be when it develops a warped perspective of self-importance.

I would thoroughly recommend this extremely thought provoking and shocking tale! 

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

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Iain Maitland is the author of thrillers: Mr Todd’s Reckoning (2019) and Sweet William (2017) as well as two non-fiction books on mental health: Dear Michael, Love Dad (2016) and Out of the Madhouse (2018).

An ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, Iain also speaks on mental health issues in the workplace.

A writer since 1987, he is a journalist and has written more than 50 books, mainly on business, which have been published around the world. 


Twitter @IainMaitland

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