Review: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Book Summary:

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…

Book Review:

What a beautiful book! I adored it absolutely, and Tiffy and Leon were just wonderfully written, real people who I wanted to keep reading about.

I love Sophie Kinsella and Cecelia Ahern and was looking for others in the same category, but it's a high bar to live up to. No other chick lit author really did it for me the way they did. Till now. Beth O'Leary has really made a name for herself, and carved out her own space in the genre, with this book, and it's her debut! I was so excited to find something I loved this much.

However, this book isn't just a light, fun chick lit read. I love those too, obviously, but this one addresses more things outside that purview. There is mention of emotional abuse and gaslighting and that may be a trigger for some readers, so this is just here as a PSA.

Having said that, I appreciated how Tiffy and Leon got to talking with each other and those Post-It notes they kept leaving around the house for each other. I also loved every character in the ensemble cast, however small or large a role they played in the story. Gerty, Mo, Rachel, Richie, Holly, Katherin and everyone else was just fantastic. I often find the secondary characters quite one-dimensional in many books, but O'Leary created something special.

Alternately, chapters are told from Tiffy's and Leon's point of view. So we switch between both POVs, which adds more depth to the story, in my opinion.

An exceptional book. I look forward to her next book, which is supposed to come out spring 2020.