The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary Book Review

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O'Leary
Publication date: 18th April 2019
Page length: 400
Publisher: Quercus

About the book
Tiffy and Leon share a flat,
Tiffy and Leon share a bed,
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I often put off reading a book that is so HUGELY hyped about on bookstagram ~ and the book blogging community in general ~ as my expectations are generally so high that I'm almost always left slightly disappointed if I don't finish the book with an overall feeling of OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER.

I've had The Flatshare sitting on my shelves for a good few months now, but there was so much hype about this book that I kinda just kept putting it off. That was, until, I really fancied reading something a bit lighter. I really, really wanted something I could whizz through and not put too much thought or effort into it, and I'm so happy that this book gave me exactly that; it wasn't overly cheesy, but it was still sweet enough to hit the spot I'd hoped it would.

I especially loved that the chapters alternated between Tiffy and Leon and the writing style changed quite dramatically between each character; Tiffy's chapters were chatty and funny and we got a real sense of how spontaneous and funny she is - she goes with the flow, dresses a bit quirky and is a pretty all-round lovable character. Leon's chapters on the otherhand, are short and snappy and you get a real sense of how much of an introvert he is; he keeps himself to himself and knuckles down and just gets on with things; his job as a palliative night nurse and his focus on getting his wrongly accused brother out of jail.

One aspect of this book that took me by surprise was the subtle yet important look at emotional and psychological abuse, which was totally unexpected but handled appropriately for this type of read; it's something I don't often come across in this genre. It was refreshing that this topic was at the forefront of the story and not pushed away on the back burner and I hope to see more authors of this genre tackle similar subjects.

I really did love this slow-burn romance and typically I'm not one for slow-burn romances. I loved the whole Post-It note situ and I knew I'd love this book as soon as I read its premise. O'Leary really does do a fantastic job at bringing these characters to life and drawing you in to their situation; it's very hard not to root for these two characters because they are almost "too" perfect, but hey, there's nothing wrong with a bit of mushy-ness in a chicklit novel, right?

This is exactly the book I was looking for and it ticked all the right boxes for me. It was the perfect bit of fluff I was after.

Verdict: ★★★★★

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