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Friday, May 18, 2018
Review: Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 19433 KB
Print Length: 353 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1501180630
Publisher: Atria Books (May 1 2018)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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 meets Mr. Flood.
Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. The lone occupant of a Gothic mansion crawling with feral cats, he has been waging war against his son’s attempts to put him into an old-age home and sent his last caretaker running for the madhouse. But Maud is this impossible man’s last chance: if she can help him get the house in order, he just might be able to stay. So the unlikely pair begins to cooperate, bonding over their shared love of Irish folktales and mutual dislike of Mr. Flood’s overbearing son.
Still, shadows are growing in the cluttered corners of the mansion, hinting at buried family secrets, and reminding Maud that she doesn’t really know this man at all. When the forgotten case of a missing schoolgirl comes to light, she starts poking around, and a full-steam search for answers begins.
Packed with eccentric charms, twisted comedy, and a whole lot of heart, Mr. Flood’s Last Resort is a mesmerizing tale that examines the space between sin and sainthood, reminding us that often the most meaningful forgiveness that we can offer is to ourselves.
Praise for Mr. Flood's Last Resort “A magically entertaining read…Jess Kidd has a gift for creating characters you’ll love with a few cleverly chosen words.” —Good Housekeeping (UK), Book of the Month “A rare delight.” —Cosmopolitan (UK) "An enchanting thriller that disarms and delights...will appeal to fans of Tana French and Sophie Hannah, as it charms and unsettles in equal measure."—BookPage "The gothic plot of this murder mystery (following Himself) about an Irish caregiver and her client, a cantankerous, widowed hoarder, boasts Kidd’s darkly comic sensibility, atmospheric writing, and colorful characters...there are plenty of twists and perilous turns to keep the narrative moving. Kidd’s novel features a winning combination of descriptive writing, black humor, and biting dialogue." —Publishers Weekly "Irish magical realism saturates this double mystery with saints, mistaken identities, and a hoarder’s creepy house… The author of Himself has prepared a fine Irish feast for the literary crowd; she simultaneously delights and appalls with her odd and troubled characters, never resorting to formula."—Library Journal
"[This] compelling second novel weaves love, betrayal, and forgiveness with humor, mystery, and a bit of magic...[an]absorbing mix of paranormal tragedy and heartfelt triumph will appeal to a broad swath of readers.” —Booklist "It won’t be like any other novel you’ve read this year—or maybe ever—but it’s worth it."—Kirkus
About the Author
Jess completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury.
Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere along the west coast of Ireland in the next few years. Until then, she lives in London with her daughter.
Jess is now completing her second novel, starting her third, and working on her first collection of short stories – many of which are either set in Ireland or have Irish protagonists. HIMSELF is Jess’s first novel, and will be published by Canongate in late October 2016.
Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd is a brilliantly unique book. Maud is a lonely caregiver who is hired to look after Mr. Flood...a fascinating older man who is a hoarder of everything. He has a massive home in London that is filled to the rafters with stuff...and cats...and mystery.
I usually do not enjoy books that include any form of the supernatural but in Mr. Flood's Last Resort, Maud has suffered a childhood trauma that allows her to see the spirits around us, in particular, saints. The saints actually add quite a lot to the story and I enjoyed their involvement.
Mr. Flood's Last Resort is a treat. It is hard to put down. It is extremely well written. And my goodness it is lovely to read something so unique.
I don't want to give too much away but this book is for everyone. I highly recommend Mr. Flood's Last Resort.