MR TODDS RECKONING By Iain Maitland @iainMaitland @IsisAudio @_DanielleLouis_ #MrToddsReckoning @Michael_Simkins

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Thank you to Danielle Louis for inviting me to be a part of this Audio blog tour.

Narrated By: Michael Simkins


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.


I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook, I liked the narrators voice, how he read it as in the way he changed his voice if he was talking as another character. I have found occasionally when listening to books I haven’t liked the voice or the way something is read but this worked well. I did also read the eBook of this as I wanted to savour the story.

Told through Mr Todd’s point of view, you really have to wonder how reliable he is as a narrator. Learning about his job he felt that some of his comments to other staff members were humorous but in actual fact they come across as quite sexist. Now an unemployed 55 year old.

When he hears the noises his son makes, whether that’s when he is chopping vegetables or doing something else he keeps saying it doesn’t bother him, but does it? the same with the neighbours and the neighbourhood children the noise he says doesn’t bother him. So why repeat it doesn’t bother him?

He seems like a harmless man, living in a bungalow that is mortgage free with his 25 year old son Adrian, who has OCD, is unemployed, socially awkward, and is possibly on the autism spectrum, he has a history of strange behaviour, which has involved the police a couple of times. Mr Todd worries about Adrian when he goes out, he worries what he is doing. But what really goes on behind closed doors, in a normal street in suburbia?

It’s a very hot July, Mr Todd is trying to avoid his son Adrian and his odd behaviour as much as possible. Retreating to his bedroom to write what he calls his diary, it’s really an A4 notebook, but this is where things get interesting with each diary entry he makes, a little something is revealed. I don’t want to say anymore than that because this is a story that to say anymore would give away the plot.

This whole story is compelling, and dark, drawing the reader/listener in bit by bit as we learn more and more of Malcolm Todd. You can smell the smells, you can picture everything as it is written. The whole story flows and you can’t turn those pages quick enough to find out the next bit of information about Mr Todd and Adrian. I read the book before listening to it and I have to say whichever way you do this whether you read it or you listen it is equally creepy. The narrator does a brilliant job of bringing the story alive, every detail becomes so vivid.

If you are looking for a creepy, atmospheric story then look no further. Because as the secrets come out you will be shocked, as each chapter progresses you don’t think anything else could happen until it does. At times it is quite uncomfortable but equally brilliant.

An absolute resounding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this is quite a ride. I loved it


Iain Maitland

Iain Maitland is the author of Sweet William and Mr Todd’s Reckoning, both published by Contraband, an imprint of Saraband. Mr Todd’s Reckoning has been optioned for TV by AbbottVision. His next book, The Scribbler, the first in the Gayther & Carrie detective series, is published by Contraband in May 2020.

Website: Iain Maitland, Novels, Scripts, Talks And More … – ‘Splendidly creepy’ Daily Mail

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