Title: The Flat Share
Author: Beth O’Leary
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 39
(see breakdown below)
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…
Trigger warnings for gas lighting and abusive relationships. If you are sensitive about these subjects this may not be the book for you.
Going out of my comfort zone in terms of reading has been fairing well for me recently. The Flat share was a delight. It is an easy going read that I found myself being swept away with the characters.
Initially , I was sceptical as the stereotypes were rife in this book, Tiffy is your "quirky" girl, Leon is the silent type, but as the story progressed I forgot about my reservations. This was because of the way the switching of the POV combined with the communication over post-it notes that made this such an interesting read. If fact i wish there was more of the post-it communication.
The romance itself was predictable, with not real departure from the expected. But it was sweet and fun that evolved in such a lovely way it was a joy to read about. I do wish that the ending had a little more impact. The most disappointing aspect is for me we didn’t get full closure in one of the cutest subplots and I really wished that the subplots had their own endings.
Overall I enjoyed it and it may have persuaded me to pick up romance a little more often and I will be on the look out for more from Beth O’Leary.