The Hoarder by Jess Kidd. (2018).
(Published as Mr Flood’s Last Resort in the US).
*3.5 out of 5 stars*
Maud is a carer and an unintentional psychic. She is currently working for Cathal who has a filthy home. Maud finds herself drawn into the house’s mysteries and Cathal begins to open up to her. With the help of her agoraphobic landlady and some sarcastic ghostly saints, Maud begins to try to find out what lies behind Cathal’s hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.
I found this book ‘above average’; although I didn’t personally find it amazing, I also wouldn’t classify it as just average. It’s different, and I do like stories that are a bit different. I found the supernatural elements particularly interesting; Maud’s saints with their attitudes, who weren’t really that helpful in anything but would just pop up and comment, made for refreshing reading. The author obviously has quite the imagination and all of the main characters were just that bit quirky and eccentric which also made them charming. This novel is an intriguing combination of murder mystery and the supernatural with some black humour thrown in; it felt like a good book to devour on a rainy day.