Mr. Flood's Last Resort

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Presents the tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder who tackle notions of forgiveness, independence, sainthood, duty, and connections before dark family secrets are brought to light, revealing the sinister fate of a missing local schoolgirl.
Uniform Title: Hoarder
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501180637 (hardcover)
1501180630 (hardcover)
Alternative Title: Mister Flood's last resort


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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.

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.

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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