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 herself, finding solace in her work and in her humble existence – until she meets Mr. Flood.
Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. The lone occupant of a Gothic mansion crawling with feral cats, he has been waging war against his son’s attempts to put him into an old-age home and sent his last caretaker running for the madhouse. But Maud is this impossible man’s last chance: if she can help him get the house in order, he just might be able to stay. So the unlikely pair begins to cooperate, bonding over their shared love of Irish folktales and mutual dislike of Mr. Flood’s overbearing son.
Still, shadows are growing in the cluttered corners of the mansion, hinting at buried family secrets, and reminding Maud that she doesn’t really know this man at all. When the forgotten case of a missing schoolgirl comes to light, she starts poking around, and a full-steam search for answers begins.
Packed with eccentric charms, twisted comedy, and a whole lot of heart, Mr. Flood’s Last Resort is a mesmerizing tale that examines the space between sin and sainthood, reminding us that often the most meaningful forgiveness that we can offer is to ourselves.
Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo. Her debut novel, Himself, was published by Canongate and Atria in 2016/2017. The Hoarder, also titled Mr. Flood's Last Resort (U.S. and Canada), is her second novel.
Jess completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, has taught creative writing and gained an MA and PhD in Creative Writing Studies and has worked as a support worker.
She is currently editing her third novel, a mystery tale set in Victorian London and her first children’s book. She is also developing her own original TV projects with leading U.K. and international TV producers.