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Mr. Flood's Last Resort

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,279 ratings  ·  615 reviews
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 her
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Atria Books (first published February 1st 2018)
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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 detritus of the Flood family history, spirits, ghosts, ...more
Jaline - (on partial hiatus)
Once again, Jess Kidd blends several genres in a story that is absorbing and fascinating. An elderly man is living in his own home but is now under care. The services are cleaning and at least one cooked meal each day. The cleaning part is difficult due to the fact that the lower floors of the house are stacked with old newspapers, garbage, and magazines. In fact, there is a wall of National Geographic magazines blocking access to the furthest reaches of this large home, including the upper floo ...more
Amalia Gavea
‘’A dead mouse curled in a teacup, a headless ceramic dray horse, a mannequin’s pink severed limb: that sort of thing. I have a morbid bent. ‘’

It would be extremely useful if each one of us had a power squad of our favourite saints to talk to face-to-face every time we were in trouble. Mortals usually let us down and, honestly, no human being is as wise as a saint. So, Maud- our troubled heroine- can be considered lucky, right? Well, not quite...Her saints appear at some terribly uncomfortable
Larry H
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 someone her age. But Maud isn't sunny and naive—a ch
Diane S ☔
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 meaningful and meaningless stuff of all sorts. It is also ...more
Kevin Ansbro
"You don’t know what you’re dealing with."
—Sam Hebden (a character in the book).

Mr Cathal Flood, the aforementioned hoarder, is a long thin, raw-boned, gimlet-eyed, foul-mouthed, unwashed old Irishman.
Dutiful care worker, Maud Drennan, is assigned to clean and declutter his squalid, cat-filled house.
Dark whispers about the irascible Mr Flood abound, not least the mysterious death of his wife and the disappearance of a schoolgirl. Maud, as well as cleaning his toilets and providing him with n
“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 you’ve read “ Himself ” then you know that Jess Kidd knows how to weave a m
Norma * Traveling Sister
4.5 stars! This novel had the perfect mix of genres that I absolutely love to read!

MR. FLOOD’S LAST RESORT by JESS KIDD is a magical, clever, imaginative, and an absolutely wonderful novel that had me totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout this entire book.

JESS KIDD delivers a well-written and creative story here with an absolutely wonderful gothic mansion setting, quirky characters and an extremely mesmerizing storyline. I really enjoyed the magical realism and the Irish folkt
Susanne  Strong
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

Fantastical, Magical, Wondrous & Whimsical. It captures your heart and holds on tight.

Cathal Flood is an angry, cantankerous, difficult old man who lives alone in Bridlemere, a dirty, disgusting old mansion, which houses lots of secrets, perhaps a few ghosts and several quirky cats too. Maud Drennan has always lived a lonely sort of life. Having lost her sister at a young age, grief has always been with her. She is a special sort, seeing and hearing things that others don’t, includi
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a lonely, Irish caregiver named Maud and a widowed old lonely hoarder that she is assigned to take care of named Mr. Flood.
Mr Flood lives in this rundown gothic mansion with feral cats and all sorts of strange things and is just trying to stay in his own home without his son putting him in a care facility. There is a mystery involved here to be solved.
Maud has her own story simultaneously throughout the book, her own mystery to deal with.
I had so many moments of laughter rea
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
Magical realism can be so good when done by the right author. Jess Kidd is one of those authors.

Like her brilliant debut novel, Himself, The Hoarder features a number of quirky Irish people and quite a few ghostly spirits. In this book the ghosts are mostly saints who communicate or not with our main character Maud. They also supply a lot of the humorous touches throughout the story.

Maud is a Care Worker who finds herself looking after the outrageous Cathal Flood. His home appears to be a classi
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
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 the book, Maud is the caregiver that is hired as a
Brenda - Traveling Sister
Norma and I were lost in the heavy dense wooded coulee reading Mr. Flood’s Last Resort with four of our Traveling Sisters and we were swept up in the mystery and magic of this story that explores grief and loss. Jess Kidd does a good job bringing out some emotions here for us with the emotional depth that touches on grief and loss.

Jess Kidd does a fantastic job creating well-developed enduring characters here with our main characters Cathal and Maud. We really loved the dynamics between these t
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 themselves a general nuisance.  

Renata is Maud's agoraphobic
Rebecca McNutt
The Hoarder is a beautiful and impressive story, but also a funny one. When two lonely people try to rebel against a world that simply wants to sweep them both under the carpet, it becomes a stand against all things oppressing them - an overbearing son, an uncaring world, unmanageable clutter and a lack of friendship as they find solace in each other. Also known by its alternate title Mr. Flood's Last Resort, what totally makes this book stand out is its incorporation of Irish stories and mythic ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Quirky, fantastical, and phenomenal story-telling! Ms. Kidd has a unique style of writing that I love.

Funny, yet also poignant, this story features Maud, who has been hired as the caretaker of Mr. Cathal Flood, a lonely, cranky hoarder whose son wants to ship him off to the old-age home. Renata, Maud’s agoraphobic friend and landlady, is a transvestite (or maybe transgender…it wasn’t made clear which), and is hiding a personal tragedy under her flamboyant exterior. They were all wonde
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mr. Flood’s Last Resort is the first book I’ve read by Jess Kidd. She has a great imagination and lots of talent. The plot feels a bit like a rollicking romp with a bit of a mystery at its core. Maud is assigned to provide home assistance to a raging aging hoarder, Cathal Flood. Flood has some complicated family secrets that Maud unearths as she goes through his house. Maud has her own childhood secrets. Despite the topic, the tone of this book is not sad, but rather has a dark humorous edge. To ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4.5 stars to a fantastical book!
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Well this is a book for those of us who like a little bit of everything in their stories. Do you like magic, possible ghosts, a strange house, characters that are weird, loving, cantankerous, nasty, and dirty? Yes, they are in there. Do you like relationships that develop into friendships, saints, sinners, and everything in between? Well yes, again, they are in there. Do you like novels of loss,
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I come across a book that is brilliantly bizarre and incredibly creative. It only took a few paragraphs for me to get completely engrossed in this story. I couldn't stop reading.

Cathal Flood is 80+ years old and lives in a large, horrific house, Bridlemere. He's a the ones you see on reality television shows where people come in wearing protective clothing and face masks to shovel out years of junk, animal poop, and moldy horrors straight from hell. Maud Drennan i
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
I had really high expectations for this book, maybe that is why I am giving it a slightly lower rating than it maybe deserves, though it is a fitting rating for the way I feel about it. The concept really intrigued me and the characters of Maud is so likable, but the pace is so, so slow and by the time the real mystery started to push into the foreground, I was kind of checking out. I am not saying this puts me off Jess Kidd's other books, because she can write and I am a character-driven reader ...more
J.K. Grice
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
MR. FLOOD'S LAST RESORT was a very engaging and fanciful read. Jess Kidd writes with some of the same sharp banter as Nick Hornby and some of the same wonderful magic as Graham Joyce. And yet, her voice is distinctly her own. Kidd juggles many elements in this book (comedy, mystery, old age, family secrets, angst, regret, violence, love, and humor) and does so quite expertly in fashioning the tale of elderly hoarder Cathal Flood and his care giver, Maud Drennan. This book is a touching tale of w ...more
Helene Jeppesen
This book was okay, but also somewhat messy. Granted, this is magical realism combined with mystery and crime, and the plot is arranged as a jigsaw puzzle in which you get bits and pieces as you go along. But the magical realism part put too much of a twist on things for my part, so while I was intrigued enough to continue reading, I wasn't absolutely loving the story.
However, one thing I strongly disliked about this novel was the humorous take on things. I rarely find humour in books (or movie
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic blend of magic and mystery.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars - This was a very unusual book involving an elderly hoarder named Cathal Flood, a caregiver, Maud (with abilities), a host of Catholic saints (yes, that’s right, saints! Holy Smokes! Who are dressed in their traditional holy garb of robes, haloes and armor) that come in and out of the story and only Maud is able to see and communicate with. This was eerie at the beginning of the book when they first appeared but became comical because they would roll their eyes or make snarky (not saintl ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a deliciously quirky book about a cantankerous old man called Cathal Flood and his trash filled home, his carer Maud and the family old mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local school girl and the death of Cathal’s wife.

This is very much a character driven story. Maud, our main protagonist, is perceptive and likeable. She cares about people in such a way that allows them to shine in her presence and bring out the
Ova - Excuse My Reading
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First 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 takes place in a world where teenage girls go missi
Lucy Banks
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, is sent to care for Cathal Flood, a cantankerous
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 with many more eccentricities, Renata - an older, m
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

Well now, I saw Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd a few weeks ago in a bookstore and it sounded so good that I put it on hold at my library immediately. The other day I set aside all the other books I need to read to get it in before it had to be returned and I am very happy I did that because I really enjoyed it!!

Mr. Flood's Last Resort is about a 30-something woman named Maud Drennan who is a caregiver by trade. She finds herself in the home of Cathal Flood who is a straight up hoar
Sonja Arlow
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The 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 and every ghostly saint you can think of. With the he
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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, sh
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“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.” 8 likes
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