Mr Todd's Reckoning
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.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 129 x 198 x 19mm | 204g
- 25 Apr 2019
- Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Maitland conjures madness from the inside, looking out ... a brave book." Jeff Noon, Spectator; "A dark chilling read, but I have to say a lot of fun too. There is a clever poetic ending that restores balance to the world but it's a long journey down a dark tunnel before the light. Mr Todd's Reckoning is gripping and gritty, exciting and scary." NB literary magazine; "A deliciously dark and disturbing read ... incredibly dry wit ... dark to the nth degree ...wonderfully surprising, with a couple of real gasp-out-loud incidents." Raven Crime Reads; "Iain Maitland is a genius - what a book Mr Todd's Reckoning is ... A really fantastic read." It's All About the Books blog; "Pure creepy gold ... A superb storyline, brilliant characters and subplots that tweaked my adrenaline ... This is a stunner!" Books from Dusk till Dawn; "A very clever psychological thriller which is quite different from anything I have ever read before ... A really dark, almost claustrophobic story, with some genuinely creepy moments that had me reeling in disbelief." Jaffa Reads Too blog; "Splendidly creepy." Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail; "Iain Maitland's prose is sparse, gripping and mesmerising ... superbly crafted ... spellbinding and gripping. ... brilliantly observed ... The setting of an ordinary two-bedroomed bungalow in suburbia is genius. Iain Maitland makes sublime use of the concept that none of us knows quite what goes on behind other people's closed front doors, so that the possibilities presented in Mr Todd's Reckoning are quite terrifying. ... sparkling, mesmerising ... absolutely magnificent." Linda Hill, Linda's Book Bag; "The characters are brought to life so vividly I could see and smell them ... genius ... You can't stop turning the pages ... a jaw dropping, atmospheric, creepy and uncomfortable read." Tracy Fenton, Compulsive Readers Blog; "Chilling ... compelling ... indicates how truly terrifying the human mind can be when it develops a warped perspective ... extremely thought provoking and shocking." Jera's Jamboree blog; "A sinister novel with a build that [is] totally unexpected ... A quite unique thriller." A Knight's Reads blog; "The kind of creepy disturbing read that stays with you ... It's dark psychological crime fiction with no ground rules or boundaries. Whatever the reader expects to happen, well don't get too comfortable because it probably won't happen the way you expect it to." Cheryl MM's Book Blog; "This novel grabbed me from the very first page and refused to let go ... wonderfully quirky yet frightening ... The atmosphere that Iain Maitland creates with his writing is incredible ... he is a master of suspense." Bookaholic Confessions; "From page one Iain Maitland hurls you through the secret underground tunnels of an insane mind bent on destruction. Cleverly conceived, what begins as quite touching drives relentlessly onwards into furious criminality. Mr Todd's Reckoning is phenomenally dark and utterly compelling." Chris Dolan; "Just great. Truly scary, a fabulous dive into the mind of a classic, self-justifying psychopath ... A fantastic book." Barbara Nadel;
About Iain Maitland
As well as Mr Todd's Reckoning, Iain Maitland is the author of the psychological thriller Sweet William (2017) and 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.