I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Published: 18th April 2019
Format: ebook, 336 pages
Synopsis: 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…
This book was set in London, although we get to see brief glimpses of other cities throughout the story. I didn’t get a real London vibe whilst reading and some of the ‘London-y’ things seemed a bit forced? Who knows, I’ve been to London more times than I care to remember so perhaps the city is just old news to me. The other places visited, some of them I haven’t been to myself so I can’t make a judgement but I didn’t get enough descriptiveness. This book is heavily focused on the two main characters rather than setting actual scenes up and making them full-bodied.
I much preferred Leon, I found he was a lot more like myself – quiet until you feel comfortable with someone, doesn’t really let on feelings etc. He was the more believable one and the one I wouldn’t mind being real. Tiffy on the other hand, I struggled with a little. I found her outrageously funny and I liked her dress sense but she ticked me off more than I wanted. I don’t read a book to get irritated, I read one as an escape and it gets a bit awkward when you want to escape a character in a book. But like I said, there were some qualities about her that didn’t immediately wash me in growling bear mode.
Both main characters had their own stuff to deal with however I found Tiffy’s issue had a larger portion of that pie. Abuse is not easy to talk about, it comes in a range of forms and it can be quite upsetting to some. I have dealt with abuse like the one in the book and I was not expecting to read about it here. There were no warnings for me but luckily the abuse I suffered was not as severe so I wasn’t too troubled by it. Leon’s issue I do not have experience with and was kinda refreshing to read about.
I read an eARC of this book and so I have no idea if the formatting transferred to the final published work, but it was tough to read. Leon’s POV in particular was hard, especially when there was conversation involved. The notes sometimes weren’t immediately clear on who wrote them. HOWEVER, I really enjoyed it and I can only put that down to the chemistry of Tiffy & Leon. Together, they worked well on the page and that’s all I can ask for in a rom-com.
“Remind myself that there is no saving of people —people can only save themselves. The best you can do is help when they’re ready.”
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