Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

The spellbinding tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder with a house full of secrets.Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny disposition masks a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her haunted, in the company of a cast of prattling saints who pop in and out of her life like tourists. Other than visiting her agoraphobic neighbor, Maud keeps to herself, finding solace in her work and in her humble existence–until she me...

Details Mr. Flood's Last Resort

TitleMr. Flood's Last Resort
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreFiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Contemporary

Reviews Mr. Flood's Last Resort

  • Paromjit
    Jess Kidd returns with The Hoarder after her sublime and outstanding debut, Himself. There is much that echoes Himself in this story, its Irish background, the writing style with its themes of the supernatural and fantastical, its quirkiness, eccentric elements along with a dark gothic tale. It features rabid, volatile, relcalcitrant and cadaverous geriatric pensioner, Cathal Flood, who resides in the huge house, Bridlemere, heaving with the detr...
  • Larry H
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.Some authors know just how to tell stories. Jess Kidd is one of those. Fresh on the heels of her magnificent, magical book Himself (see my original review), which made my list of the best books I read last year, she dazzles with her storytelling ability again in her new book, Mr. Flood's Last Resort .Maud Drennan is a caregiver whose seemingly unflappable attitude hints at a world-weariness you wouldn't expect of so...
  • Diane S ☔
    4.25. Clever and imaginative. When I read this authors first book I was blown away by her clever mixing of the worldly with the unworldly. She does the same thing here, in a different way. Maud, who after a devastating incident in her childhood has a special connection with some who have passed. She is sent by her agency to the home of Mr. Cathal Flood, a hoarder, an elderly gentleman who has an irascible personality. The house if full of meaning...
  • Cheri
    “Memory is like a wayward dog. Sometimes it drops the ball and sometimes it brings it, and sometimes it doesn’t bring a ball at all; it brings a shoe.” On May 30 2017 I finished reading Jess Kidd’s “ Himself ,” one of my favourite reads of 2017. Not quite a year later, I’ve closed the last page on her latest, “ Mr. Flood’s Last Resort: A Novel ” or “ The Hoarder ,” the title depending on where you purchase your book. If yo...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Old man Flood, slightly crazed and eccentric to a fault, he hoards, he roars, he gnashes his dentures.  His home is full of cats that he doesn't bother to name, curiosities, secrets, and a fox that likes to be followed.  Something untoward is afoot here.  Maud, a caring and capable caregiver, lives with visits from vestiges of uninvoked saints who hover and watch, and some who make themsel...
  • Dorie
    Initially I rated this book a 4 because it was such a slow starter but as I continue to think about everything that is so wonderful, the story telling, the characters, the uniqueness of the plot, I have decided that it deserves a 5* rating.It took me at least three starts to get into this book. It takes a while to get all of the characters straight and all that is going on with Maud and Cathal Flood. As you know from the very extensive blurb for ...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Please see the full review on my blog: of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and Canongate for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I really liked this book. It is funny but sad at the same time, full of emotions, witty descriptions and quirky characters. It reminded me a lot of Neil Gaiman's works but the writing and storytelling is even better. (Sorry Neil) Our story ...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Beautifully written, wonderful Irish narrative voice - a clever, engrossing novel.I adored Jess Kidd's Costa Short Story Prize winner last year, so it came as no surprise to me that I'd love her latest book, The Hoarder. Every so often, I'll come across a book that's so well written it makes me smile, and I'm pleased to say this was one of those!Maud, a social worker,...
  • Sonja Arlow
    3.5 starsThe author most definitely turned the weird and quirky up a notch with her 2nd book.There are several mysteries all jumbled up in a house stuffed to the brim with things. From the Great Wall of National Geographic Magazines to eyeballs in glass – Cather Flood is a hoarder of the first order. He is old, grumpy and chases away more assisted living companions than he cares to count.That is until Maud shows up, armed with her own secrets a...
  • Tania
    "A house, a labyrinth of rubbish, a crazy old man and a message in a bottle: all the ingredients of a twisted crime story."I really enjoyed Jess Kidd's debut, Himself and I am happy to say that even though The Hoarder is set in modern times it is as quirky and original as it's predecessor. The writing is atmospheric and evocative. Two other elements present in both her books are humor and interesting characters. Cathal - a darker version of Ove w...
  • Sharon
    Book reviewed for NetGalley and Canongate BooksPublication date 1st February 2018The Hoarder seems like your average ghost story. As you dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that it is anything but average. You are confronted with a labyrinth of family secrets, ghostly apparitions, betrayal and a group of most unhelpful saints. Like Cathal wading through the mountain of rubbish that fills every conceivable space in his home. The reader wades through...
  • Sue
    With thanks to Canongate Books via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this. I very much enjoyed Jess Kidd’s first novel ‘Himself’ and many of the things I liked so much in that one are here in this new book too. Her deadpan humour, for sure. One quotation that made me laugh: ‘Besides, the old man is looking a lot less peaky, still cadaverous, but filling out a little around the eye sockets.’I was very taken with the ghostly saints, t...
  • Maria Chnoic
    A magical read? This is the second Novel of Jess Kidd’s that I have loved. However, I always find them quite intimidating to review as she has such a distinctive style. I do not have the language skills to communicate what this book is like. How does one give a sense of the Magical Realism employed? A world where a Saint will butt in and give their own onion’s on your love life and where house will provide an essential clue to a mystery by mo...
  • Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
    Time wavers and retreats at Bridlemere, coughing and shambling. Here is history mutely putrefying and elegance politely withering.Two weeks it took me to read The Hoarder by Jess Kidd. Two weeks of beautiful, poetic writing, which ambled along at a pace slower than I normally would like. That said, the speed at which this story unfolds was exactly how it should be. I devoured every sentence, re-read many paragraphs, I wasn't itching for a conclus...
  • Mary Lou
    I hope it is not too early to review this book, it is not published until February next, but having enjoyed Himself so much, when I got a copy of The Hoarder I stopped what I was doing and read it straight away.I love Jess Kidd for her wonderfully extravagant imagination, her blunt, but still elegant atmospheric writing, her magnificent character creations and her gobshites.The Hoarder misses the irresistible Mahony and the outrageous Mrs Caughey...
  • Karen Mace
    Where do I even begin??!! I loved Himself and it made it on to my Top Books of 2017, so I've been so eager to read this and was lucky to have been sent an early copy from the publisher. I just couldn't put this down!! I read it in one sitting!! That pretty much tells you my thoughts on this book! I frigging loved it!! It made me laugh, it made me cry, it even made me forget to breathe at times as the tension started to build and the mysteries be...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Do you ever see a book cover and just 'know' it was designed for you? I'm in love with the cover - and title - of The Hoarder by Jess Kidd, and the wallpaper design with the sinister burn mark in the centre dings all of my bookish bells.In The Hoarder by Jess Kidd, Maud has been brought on to look after Cathal Flood and clear his old house of rubbish and refuse. Cathal is a reclusive and grumpy old man living in a run-down mansion packed with clu...
  • Producervan in Sedona, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
    The Hoarder by Jess Kidd. ©2018. Cannongate Books, published 01 February 2018.I really adored Jess Kidd’s debut book, Himself—truly one of my favourite books of 2017. If you enjoy Irish fiction, magical realism and eccentric characters that are full of secrets—interesting, endearing, sharply drawn, and at times a little unnerving-you will not be disappointed!Thanks to Netgalley for providing this ebook for review.
  • Elaine Mullane
    The Hoarder is my first introduction to Jess Kidd. I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy to review in exchange for an honest review.Maud Drennan is an Irish carer living in Wests London. Her latest assignment is to cook and clean for Cathal Flood, a bitter and belligerent pensioner living in a huge old house, within which he has managed to amass a collection of junk. From general rubbish to walls of Natio...
  • Abbie
    The Hoarder is the second novel by Jess Kidd and it had a lot to live up to as I completely fell in love with Kidd’s debut novel, Himself. Kidd has certainly proved herself as an author we can expect great things from as The Hoarder is wonderful.Maud Drennan is a home carer who has been assigned the difficult Cathal Flood as her client. His once-grand home, Bridlemere, is stuffed to the rafters with junk and as Maud attempts to clear some of it...
  • Siobhan
    The Hoarder is an intriguing and mysterious novel about a psychic carer who ends up drawn into the life of a strange old man. Maud Drennan faces the difficult challenge of helping the cantankerous Cathal Flood in his huge, ram-packed home in West London. He has scared off all the carers who have come before and lives with a menagerie of cats, a fox, and a few ghosts of the past. Soon Maud finds herself trying to work out what happened in the hous...
  • Melanie
    When I requested this title for review, I had no real idea what would expect me within the pages of this book. I had never heard of Jess Kidd before and I mainly wanted to read her, as I am trying to read more Irish authors in general. I thought I would get literary fiction with some mystery in it. And it was that to an extent, but it was also a totally strange, weird and so, so compelling book. Now, I have to say that I do like a weird book, but...
  • Thebooktrail
    Well this is a strange and interesting one and no mistake. One of the best (fictional) settings I've read in a while though - a cratchety old man living with the ghosts of the past - quite literarlly in this case, that's if they can get through the mounds of moulding rubbish he has in his home. It's swamping him to the point where the woman tasked with helping him has to clear a small space in the garden!The whole setting is one of decay, dirt, b...
  • Rachel
    Mr. Flood’s Last Resort opens with Maud Drennan, a care worker, cleaning out Cathal Flood’s kitchen. Mr. Flood is a cantankerous old Irish gentleman and a hoarder, and Maud is his last chance to stay in his home; if he doesn’t let her work he’ll be sent off to an assisted living home. As Maud goes about making the home livable, she discovers clues regarding a possible murder, clues that may have been provided by ghostly intervention. As w...
  • Andy Weston
    Kidd’s second novel is every bit as good as her first (Himself) and probably better. Again the plot plays second fiddle to the bizarre cast of characters and the situations they find themselves in. Maud Drennan is a care worker for Cathal Flood, a very tall and recently widowed old man who lives alone in a sprawling house full of clutter. Flood is fiercely independent though, as his son and social services want to move him into a home. Dear Pr...
  • Jeanette
    Review to follow.
  • Jeri
    Just did not connect with this one. Don't know if it was me or the writing style, but just couldn't get into it no matter how many times I picked it up.
  • Umut Rados
    I enjoyed this book, although it was not my style. Here is the plot in short: Maud is a social worker who went to a mansion to take care of the house, which is dirty and flooded with everything our hoarder collected. Cathal Flood, is a grumpy old man living in the mansion among the rubbish he created over the years, lots of cats and an interesting collector's items. As Maud explores the house, she finds out that there's more than just junk and we...
  • Louise
    I'm having real trouble reviewing this one. I enjoyed it,quite a bit,I knew I would from very early on,when Cathal is calling Maud all sorts of names,and she doesn't blink an eye.It's a mystery story,and a ghost story,but it's the central relationship that had me reading along,with descriptions of the house and all its oddities.Some of the twists in plot were fairly predictable I think,but told well enough that they kept the story flowing.I hope ...