Mr. Flood's Last Resort: A Novel

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Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title The Hoarder.

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From the award-winning author of Himself comes a spellbinding and “magically entertaining read” (Good Housekeeping, UK) about a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder with a house full of secrets that “will appeal to fans of Tana French and Sophie Hannah, as it charms and unsettles in equal measure” (BookPage).

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.

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort is “a rare delight” (Cosmopolitan, UK) examining the space between sin and sainthood, a novel that “perfectly balances tragedy with dark comedy” in which “the dialogue crackles and every detail enchants” (Shelf Awareness).


  • MrFloodsLastResort 01 Open

    Duration: 46s
  • MrFloodsLastResort 02 Chapter1

    Duration: 35min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 03 Chapter2

    Duration: 17min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 04 Chapter3

    Duration: 04min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 05 Chapter4

    Duration: 28min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 06 Chapter5

    Duration: 35min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 07 Chapter6

    Duration: 28min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 08 Chapter7

    Duration: 06min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 09 Chapter8

    Duration: 11min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 10 Chapter9

    Duration: 04min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 11 Chapter10

    Duration: 16min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 12 Chapter11

    Duration: 05min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 13 Chapter12

    Duration: 19min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 14 Chapter13

    Duration: 34min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 15 Chapter14

    Duration: 09min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 16 Chapter15

    Duration: 26min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 17 Chapter16

    Duration: 01min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 18 Chapter17

    Duration: 07min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 19 Chapter18

    Duration: 13min
  • MrFloodsLastResort 20 Chapter19

    Duration: 01min
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