Mr. Flood's Last Resort

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Atria Books hardcover edition May 2018
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"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. 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. 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."--
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition May 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781501180637
9781982100025
Branch Call Number: KIDD
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Flood's last resort

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Part mystery, part ghost story, Kidd creates a delightful yarn with a cast of quirky characters,
including the saint seeing Maud; hoarder Mr. Flood; and her nosy, agoraphobic and crime
loving neighbour, Renata. When Maud takes on the job as caregiver to Mr. Flood, she soon
realizes there may be m... Read More »

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ontherideau Jul 12, 2019

Anything is possible down the rabbit hole Jess Kidd has created; murder, friendship and saintly guidance. I think JK Rowling would be delighted.


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Kstobo Jan 25, 2021

Mr. Flood reminds me almost of Severus Snape, if he had been allowed to reach old age. A supremely enjoyable book, if not in my usual genre. I liked that even as I reached close to the end I wasn't able to read the twists and turns.

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finn75
Sep 12, 2020

I picked this book up after enjoying the authors first book, Himself, so much. This book didn't disappoint. Maud an unhappy psychic and caregiver starts her new job to cantankerous Cathal Flood in his formerly glorious but now hoarded home. Cathal, his family and the house contain secrets that refuse to stay buried. Great characters with a touch of the supernatural. A wonderful read.

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Blabbermouth
Feb 22, 2020

Maud starts cleaning for an elderly man called Cathal Flood but all is not as it seems & soon she is embroiled in mystery & danger. There are ghosts, impostors & miles of filth & junk with a missing teenager thrown in as well. The dialogue between Cathal & Maud would be the best part of the story I think.

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PrairieSouls
Nov 23, 2019

Hilarious and clever exploration of a family's dark secrets in the most eccentric house you can imagine. In the end, you see that a stranger can be kind in the most small and meaningful of ways. A joy to read.

ontherideau Jul 12, 2019

Anything is possible down the rabbit hole Jess Kidd has created; murder, friendship and saintly guidance. I think JK Rowling would be delighted.

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talk2terih
Jul 26, 2018

What a whimsical and interesting story that teaches us that friendship can and should be found in the most unusual places, that people are not always who they seem, and that the veil between the waking world and the spiritual world can be very thin indeed.
This is a very British (and especially Irish) book. The characters are drawn large and with loving detail, as full of secrets as the grand old house, Bridlemere. The saints are near-living characters, with their own very human traits, who act as a subconscious for main character Maud. The animals come close to speaking, particularly Lanister, the fox, and they play their role as communicators and pointers of the way forward in a way that brings Lewis Carroll to mind.

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MrsKayStephen
Apr 24, 2018

Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd is an unusual and convoluted story. This book is worth reading just to experience Kidd's descriptive narrative which is second to none, her writing style reminded me of Alice McDermott's talent. Yet the multilayered story is an adventure in the shadows.

The house that Mr. Flood lives in could be considered the main character of this book. It slowly reveals its secrets, both past and present to Maud Drennan. Maud is a home maker for the very elderly Mr. Flood who is an extremely cranky and secretive old man. Did he kill his wife? Did he kill his daughter? (Did he even have a daughter?) Did he kill his neighbour's cat?

Maud carries the weight of her own experience of a childhood tragedy as well as constant hallucinations that various saints are watching and advising her. Every evening when Maud returns to her flat she drops in for a visit with her agoraphobic, transgender landlady, Renata. This relationship proves central to the plot as the two women try to unravel the secrets that Mr. Flood is hiding about his house and family. Especially when they are befriended by Sam, who may, or may not be, Mr. Flood's heir.

Little by little the house allows Maud to travel deeper into it, experiencing sights, sounds and tensions that can only be from another realm. If you are a fan of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children(Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs you will most likely enjoy this book. Personally, I enjoyed the writing but the fantastical and supernatural elements of the story were not my cup of tea. A great ending!

I received a free copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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