Book Review: The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary


“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…”

My Thoughts:

I’ve seen this book all over Twitter and when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on an Uncorrected Proof copy and read it, I jumped at that opportunity. I am so glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this story! This isn’t your run of the mill Romantic story, but actually has a lot of substance to it and had me gripped the entire time. It had depth to the story in the way that made me care deeply about what happened and pushed me forward in reading it and also got me worrying about certain characters. I liked how the characters were set up, how they were developed throughout the story and how they definitely showed personal growth. This book provides such an important message and makes this a definite must read!

The writing style of this book was something I really liked, especially because this book is written from the perspective from the two main characters, Tiffy and Leon. Each of these characters chapters both have their own style, because they are two different people. I liked how the author did this as it’s something subtle but yet something very well done. It matches each of their personalities to a tea and made the book that little bit more special and enjoyable. This is something that some authors often overlook.

I did something I rarely do and that’s read and listened to the audiobook, which added something extra to this story, which added an extra layer. I was enjoying this book so much that when I wasn’t reading it and was doing housework, I could play the audiobook and carry on the story where I’d left it off in the book, continuing where I left off. It brought the characters Tiffy and Leon to life in a way that only an audiobook can, as the narration gave them even more personality and added more emotion to certain parts.

On the audiobook version, there is an interview with the author Beth O’Leary and the narrator of Tiffy’s chapters, which I wouldn’t have gotten to hear if I hadn’t downloaded it and just stuck with the book. I loved this interview and it was so interesting because you got to see her whole process behind how The Flatshare came about. It’s so much more relatable and makes me love the author that much more.

*I received a free Uncorrected Proof Copy from Amazon Vine for an honest and unbiased review*

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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