I read this book in two days–just kept turning pages to figure out the mystery at the center of the plot.
We first meet Maud Drennan, who works for a caretaker/housekeeper company, as she is tackling Mr. Flood’s falling-down, stuffed-to-the-gills house. Cathal Flood, her employer, is a belligerent curmudgeon, hoarder who is trying to outsmart his unctuous son, Gabriel Flood. Gabriel wants to put his father in a “home” where he can receive full-time attention. Instead, Cathal hires Maud to save his “estate,” Bridlemere. Maud has psychic abilities (She sees and communicates with Saints.), and she takes no nonsense from Mr. Flood. Throughout the novel, there are flashbacks to when Maud was a child when her sister “disappeared,” a mystery within a mystery.
This is a story of family love and dysfunction. In an action-packed ending, Maude shows her true colors. The ending is not totally happy, but it is satisfactory, and it hints at the possiblity of a sequel.
A secondary character must be mentioned. Renata, a drag queen and Maude’s best friend/worst enemy encourages Maude to investigate what has happened to Mrs. Flood, suspecting Cathal of the worst possible crime. What these two cohorts ferret out and act on adds hilarity and suspense at the same time.
All in all, this novel is entertaining and a darned good read.