Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd. Maud Drennan is a caretaker given the task of helping Cathal Flood, a cantankerous old hoarder, get his life in order so he can stay in his home. But if you think Cathal's hoarding habits are strange, Maud has frequent conversations with various Saints and appears to be getting messages from...ghosts or the house itself?
I liked: Kidd's beautiful prose and her imagination; Maud Drennan, Renata, and Cathal Flood are all great characters; the dialogue; the Saints.
Not so much: I think Kidd tends to veer off course; the plot is a bit convoluted and slows down at points.
Kidd has such a gift for creating characters and settings, but the characters are much better done than the plot in this one. The book showcases her facility with language and characterization, but the storyline needs tightening up.
Literary Fiction? Mystery? May 1, 2018. Print length: 352 pages.
The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk #3) is action-filled suspense from beginning to end. Jane continues her battle against the conspiracy that plans to "adjust" individuals to eliminate free will and dispose of those who may cause the cabal trouble.
Jane Hawk is one of those kick-ass protagonists that fights the good fight against the evil Techno Arcadians. You can't help but cheer her on.
I like: that Jane Hawk is such a clever and relentless protagonist; that Koontz makes secondary characters interesting and well-rounded.
Wasn't crazy about: losing characters I like; the weirdness of the crooked staircase toward the end.
Fast-paced and difficult to put down. You will be up late with this one.
Read in January; review scheduled for February 22.
Thriller/Suspense. May 8, 2018. Print length: 512 pages.