Tuesday 26 April 2022

The Flat Share - Beth O'Leary || Review


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 have read other works by Beth and i swear i picked this up on a kindle deal. I was feeling under the weather with the dreaded c-cold and i needed something light and lovely to read to distract me so this seemed the perfect option. Let me tell you, it was!

Tiffany needs a flat, cheap & fast and Leon needs money so the perfect solution is created. Leon works nights, Tiffany needs a bed so why not share a bed, the pair never have to meet. Leons girlfriend makes sure of that. She writes it in the contract. It suits Tiffany as shes out of a relationship and needs to recover. 
Tiffany starts leaving Leon little notes about what shes left over for him, little questions about the flat. Over time though, these notes lead to a sort of friendship and Tiffany finds herself really wanting to meet Leon.

When the pair finally meet, everything changes. Honestly this was fantastic, it was exactly what i needed at the time and it was just a book to loose yourself in. Tiffany was a great main character because she was just lovely, she was unsure of herself at times, but confident in other aspects. I just wanted the best for her, and just felt she was unlucky with her chances in life.

Leon was equally as great, invested in his work, wanting to help his family - you could really see where his priorities did lie and my heart ached for him as he really was just always trying his best.  I felt the narrative flowed naturally and it all felt well constructed, that these scenarios occurred of their own doing rather than the author just planting them in situations to get outcomes.

If you want to loose yourself in the pages of a book for a while then this could be the one for you.

Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).

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