The Book: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Publisher: Quercus Books
Publication Date: 18th April 2019
I’m super excited to talk about this book today! I received a proof of The Flatshare through Netgalley, and I’m supes excited because *spoiler*, I bloody loved it.
The premise of The Flatshare is simple.
Leon is a nurse that works nights. He needs to save money. Tiffy is an editor at a publishing house. She works 9-5 and can’t afford her own place. The solution? They end up sharing a flat … and a bed. He stays there during the day, and then is gone before Tiffy gets home in the evening. They’ve never met and communicate via lots of post-it-notes stuck up around the flat. And well … the story goes from there!
I absolutely loved the premise. It intrigued me immediately. It’s such a 21st-century-living-in-London dilemma, because who can really afford to live in London really??? And it was woven together seamlessly with really interesting sub-plots and characters I grew quickly attached to.
I honestly couldn’t put it down.
The whole book felt very complete – it didn’t just rely on the romance to make it entertaining. The romance was cute sure, and I enjoyed it greatly, but I also really cared about the other characters in the book. It’s definitely the sign of a great writer, because so often, books can have complex main characters, but then really two-dimensional side characters that add next to nothing. I’m so glad The Flatshare didn’t fall into that dangerous trap!
This book was such a fun ride and honestly, exactly what I needed. It’s dual-narrated by Tiffy and Leon – their voices are both very distinct, which I appreciated. There was never any confusion about whose chapter it was, which can sometimes happen.
Whilst it was a fun read, Beth O’Leary also wasn’t afraid to touch upon difficult topics. In particular, the story incorporates really important conversations about abusive relationships, emotional manipulation, and unjust imprisonment.
And lastly, as someone who works in publishing and is also a very crafty person, I absolutely LOVED that Tiffy worked at a crafty DIY publisher. It was so entertaining to read about her dilemmas with authors, day-to-day life, and the events she would get roped into helping with. Such a fun addition that was a surprise, but I really enjoyed.
This is the first ‘Adult’ book I’ve read in a while, as I tend to steer more towards YA books. However, I honestly would recommend this book to everyone as it’s such a fun read, with great characters, and a plot that really delivers on the premise. It’s out in 2 weeks time so be sure to look out for it!
What have you read lately that has surprised you? Do you venture out of your comfort zone with reading?