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Mr Todd’s Reckoning


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Norman Bates is alive and well. And 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 o 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.

REVIEWS OF Mr Todd’s Reckoning

'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

'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

'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

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About the author

Iain Maitland

Iain Maitland is the author of 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.

Praise for Sweet William:

“A compassionate novel imbued with a deep knowledge of mental health issues…Tense and insightful…A heart stopping thriller with a powerful denouement.” Paul Burke, Nudge Books

“Extremely well written and very frightening.” Barbara Nadel

“A breathless journey through fear and love, that explores how interdependent those two extreme emotions are.” Ewan Morrison

“Tense…astounding…dark and chilling…and shockingly realistic. Gripping and immersive… an intelligently written thriller that deals with the intricacies of the human brain, mixed up with the emotional ties of the family.” Anne Cater, Random Things Through my Letterbox

“Iain Maitland’s knowledge and expertise come across on every page. Taut, darkly humorous and heartbreaking all at the same time, with an unforgettable narrator, Sweet William packs a real emotional punch.” Lisa Gray, Daily Record

“A dark, rocket-paced thriller that will give plenty to think about.” Jon Wise, Sunday Sport

“A story of danger, delirium and devastation…an absolutely electrifying read that gripped me from start to finish.” Alix Long, Delightful Book Reviews

“An edgy and ultimately terrifying read…Iain Maitland pulls off and captures the whole thing through Raymond’s flippant reasoning. It makes petrifying reading.…This is an edge of your seat, nail-biting read that will haunt you way after you finish reading.” Books from Dusk Till Dawn.