The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
This book was the kind of book that if I wasn’t pregnant, I would have a couple of glasses of wine and cuddle up on the sofa with it.
Just a quick note, I have not shared any spoilers for this novel! This is purely just my take and recommendation.
If you have read this novel, please don’t post any spoilers in the comments, just in case there are new readers for this novel that haven’t finished or started reading it just yet.
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…
The book starts out really nicely. Beth introduces Tiffy in an eccentric and quirky way, you instantly fall in love with Tiffy as a character and you feel like she is talking to you like a close friend.
The switch between Tiffy and Leon is challenging at first, as I found it hard to grasp Leon’s introverted ways of thinking. He was quite brief and snappy with choices and topics, it was hard to keep up at first. I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy Leon’s parts in the book, however I found myself loving them more and more as I kept reading.
I loved the plot. When Tiffy’s friends get included in the plot, which gets introduced properly about halfway through – it takes a fascinating turn. I found myself really intrigued with what was going to happen in the end and I couldn’t put the book down.
There were parts where I was giggling uncontrollably and my husband would get to hear all about it.
As mentioned, I wish I could drink a few glasses of wine while I was reading it (damn being pregnant). It was just such a great book that you would want to snuggle up on the sofa with for hours. I would read this again, I’m glad I have it on the bookshelf.
I wish I knew a Tiffy in real life! Her quirky style and nature found their way in my own day to day life as I was reading the book. I found myself looking at certain pieces of clothing and thinking that would be what Tiffy would wear. She had her own nature, and she was so lovable.
I found it fantastic for there to be such a take on emotional wellbeing within relationships, as you don’t get to read a lot of that in stereotypical ‘romance’ novels. It was refreshing to see some serious topics tackled in regards to emotional abuse in relationships. I really, really loved that it was discussed in the novel as I think it is incredibly important. Beth handled this in a very tasteful way.
Overall Rating: 7/10
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My next book review coming soon:
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
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