Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flat Share

“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…”

Having read an excellent – but emotional book most recently – I decided I needed something more light hearted, and a friend in my reading group had recommended this and it had sat on my kindle for ages – so I thought I’d crack on.

Chapter 2 revealed that Leon worked in a hospice – so I did wonder if I’d made the right decision ‘light hearted wise’!

The chapters are either written from Tiffy or Leon’s point of view (or sometimes as notes between them) and the styles are really different – so you never have to check back as to who you’re reading about – which is really clever.

I really liked Tiffy and Leon – and found I was rooting for them as a pair – rather than being TeamTiffy or TeamLeon.

It deals with some pretty heavy stuff – emotional abuse in a relationship being fairly fundamental to the whole book – but that doesn’t stop it from being and enjoyable and entertaining read.

There’s a sliding doors element – where Tiffy and Leon could meet in person so much earlier in the book – but them not meeting adds to the storyline.  When they do meet it is brilliantly awkward!

Overall it was a lovely, easy read that I really enjoyed.

 

 

 

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