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From the award-winning author of the "supernaturally skillful debut" (Vanity Fair), Himself, a spellbinding romp about a caretaker and a cranky hoarder with a secret - complete with skulking saints, unresolved disappearances, greedy heirs, and a firecracker neighbor determined to get to the bottom of it all.

Maud Drennan is a dedicated caretaker, but her sunny, capable disposition and snappy quips mask a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her in the company of a cast of patron saints who pop in and out of her life like unwelcome tourists. She tries to find solace in her hard work in London...but then she meets the inimitable Mr. Flood.

A menace by all accounts, Cathal Flood is a widower living alone in a Gothic Dorset mansion crawling with collector's items and feral cats. Stubborn as anything and an extreme hoarder, he has been battling his son's attempts to move him into an old age home, and rumor has it he sent his last caretaker to the madhouse.

But Maud is this insolent old man’s last chance: If she can help him get the house in order, he might be able to fend off the deportation. So the unlikely pair begin to cooperate, connecting over their shared love of folk tales and their suspicion of Gabriel, Cathal’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 she starts poking around, the forgotten case of a missing local schoolgirl comes to light, and a full-steam search for answers begins.

Full of charming eccentricities, twisted comedy, a whole lot of heart, and Jess Kidd’s "lyrical, lush, and hugely imaginative" (Sunday Express Magazine) prose, Mr. Flood's Last Resort is a mesmerizing tale that will make you re-examine the space between sin and sainthood, reminding you that when all is said and done, the most important forgiveness that we can offer is to ourselves.

©2018 Jess Kidd (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Carol
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 07-07-18

BROUGHT ME JOY

This author really knows how to write. I was laughing, sad at times and I had to really listen and concentrate to be sure of what was going on - I love that. The Narrator was spectacular with her Irish accent and overall storytelling abilities. I'm off to search for more books by Jess Kidd and titles narrated by Aoife McMahon.

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Wonderful!

Delightful characters, entertaining prose. Like listening to my Irish auntie share the neighborhood legends...well done Mr. Kidd.

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Endlessly fascinating

Lovely (and understandable) Irish reading of a funny and compelling book. There are memorable characters, a mystery full of plot twists, and a satisfying ending. Even a puppy makes a happy appearance! This book bridges the gap between the popular and the literary. Dickens would love it.

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Enjoyable.

A little weird, but that is how I like my books. I do love a cranky old man, his was a book that I think back on fondly, remembering the prose. It was well written.

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Wonderful and awful

Lovely macabre book, beautiful language well narrated. Can't wait to read more from Jess Kidd.

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Don't miss this amazing work of genius!

This book is everything: it reads like poetry and scary bedtime stories combined. Every word the author chose is perfect.

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Lovely writing, story sometimes falls short

Performance terrific. Story had great pieces and not so great pieces. Enjoyable, but not a must read.

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Couldn’t turn it off!

Hung on every word. Gripping story with relatable characters. Found a new author to obsess over. “Himself” is amazing also!

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What an Imagination!

Detailed descriptions of a mysterious house stuffed with trash, weird oddities, cats and an eccentric old artist whose wife fell down the staircase and died, and whose daughter disappeared. Enter a caregiver, Maude, to care for this old guy, but whose curiosity nearly kills her. Ghosts, old Catholic saints who speak to her, and a most unconventional best friend. It's a romp through a fantastical Irish tale. Perfect match of narrator and story. I'll listen again.

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Not Quite What I Had Hoped It Would Be

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, so she has that going for her, but I am on holiday and wanted to be entertained, and sadly, this just wasn't delivering what I wanted it to, which isn't necessarily the fault of the book. Maybe in other circumstances, I would have enjoyed it more, but as it stands, it was just an okay read for me.