Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd
Cathal Flood ran off his last carer and he has one more chance to stay in his beloved home. Maud is assigned to the elderly man and only told that he is difficult. She is faced with a paranoid horder that has erected a wall of National Geographics across the living room blocking off the upper floors of the old Victorian from view. Yet Maud perseveres and Cathal reluctantly allows her to begin the arduous task of restoring order to his life since making things work this one last time is the only thing keeping him in his house. Maud senses the house is giving her clues to a mystery and Renata, Maud’s agoraphobic transgender neighbor with a great love for BBC detective dramas, tries to help puzzle things out. Can they figure out what the house is trying to tell them? Or will the house collapse in upon itself before its secrets can be revealed?
There is a little bit of the paranormal here and Mr. Flood’s decorating is eclectic to say the least but you get to understand how he became the man he is and what has damaged Maud as well. The friendship that forms between these two unlikely companions is one to bring a smile to the most curmudgeonly of hearts.
Everything I read going into this book made this think this would be a weird “A Man Called Ove” but this book left me so sad at the end. I’ve read other reviews and apparently I’m the only one who thought this way but I couldn’t stop thinking about the last conversation between Maud and Cathal. Even now, a week after I finished the book, I feel down about it. So if you, like me, were looking for a different type of read that took some dark turns but eventually led to a happy ending…look elsewhere. Yet, if you are looking for an audiobook read in a lovely Irish accented female voice maybe look here for a tale.