The Hoarder

The Hoarder

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 The spellbinding tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder with a house full of secrets. Maud Drennan is a d...

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Title:The Hoarder
Author:Jess Kidd
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Hoarder Reviews

  • Cheri
    Feb 28, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

  • JanB
    Jun 14, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Sara
    Jun 28, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

  • Marialyce
    May 29, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

  • Esil
    May 27, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 13, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

  • Susanne Strong
    Jun 03, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

  • Marianne
    May 19, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

    ???? / 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 a...

    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 o...

    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 ho...

    Book reviewed for NetGalley and Canongate Books Publication date 1st February 2018 The Hoarder seems like your average ghost story. As you dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that it is anything but average. You are confronted with a labyrinth of family secrets, ghostly apparitions...

    A magical read? This is the second Novel of Jess Kidd?s that I have loved. However, I always find them quite intimidating to review as she has such a distinctive style. I do not have the language skills to communicate what this book is like. How does one give a sense of the Magical R...

    ?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.? The Hoarder is the second novel by London-born author, Jess Kidd. Care worker Maud Drennan has survived a week with Cathal Fl...

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Dec 11, 2017

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

  • Larry H
    Feb 11, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

  • Malia
    Jun 17, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

  • Reading.Between.Wines
    Jun 21, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

    ???? / 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 a...

  • Sonja Arlow
    Feb 19, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

    ???? / 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 a...

    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 o...

    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 ho...

  • Tania
    Nov 29, 2017

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

  • Phrynne
    Dec 23, 2017

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

  • Dana
    May 27, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

  • Sharon
    Oct 04, 2017

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

    ???? / 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 a...

    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 o...

    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 ho...

    Book reviewed for NetGalley and Canongate Books Publication date 1st February 2018 The Hoarder seems like your average ghost story. As you dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that it is anything but average. You are confronted with a labyrinth of family secrets, ghostly apparitions...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Jun 05, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

  • Zoeytron
    Mar 31, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

  • Karen
    May 27, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Mar 10, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

  • Helene Jeppesen
    Aug 08, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jul 28, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

  • Paromjit
    Jan 12, 2018

    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...

  • Juli
    May 19, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    May 25, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

  • Maria Hill AKA MH Books
    Feb 26, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

    ???? / 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 a...

    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 o...

    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 ho...

    Book reviewed for NetGalley and Canongate Books Publication date 1st February 2018 The Hoarder seems like your average ghost story. As you dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that it is anything but average. You are confronted with a labyrinth of family secrets, ghostly apparitions...

    A magical read? This is the second Novel of Jess Kidd?s that I have loved. However, I always find them quite intimidating to review as she has such a distinctive style. I do not have the language skills to communicate what this book is like. How does one give a sense of the Magical R...

  • Chris Mara
    Jun 07, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...

    "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 predec...

    ???? / 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 a...

    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 o...

  • Amalia Gavea
    Sep 02, 2018

    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...

    ??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 w...

  • Lucy Banks
    Dec 10, 2017

    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...

    ??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 w...

    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 abilit...

    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 ha...

    ?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,...

    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. J...

    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 se...

    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 wit...

    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 o...

    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 th...

    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 in...

    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. Some...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 h...

    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. Fl...

    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 slo...

    4.5 stars to a fantastical book! You can find my reviews here https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... 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, ...

    A fantastic blend of magic and mystery. ...

    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 wh...

    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 dea...

    Please see the full review on my blog:https://excusemyreading.com/2017/12/1... 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 ...

    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 lat...