The reason why I decided to read ‘The Flatshare’ by Beth O’Leary, was for its unusual storyline…..two characters who have never met but still manage to get together. And with this intrigue in my mind, I started reading and was… not disappointed.
Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O’Leary
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
They both have never met…
Our 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.
The story of the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary revolves around Tiffy Moore, a girl though tall for her stature is rather not so tall for her confidence.
Trying to escape from a bad breakup she accepts the only worthwhile opportunity that comes her way in the form of sharing a one-bedroom apartment with a night shift hospice worker Leon Twomey.
The author has added a ton of side stories in this main storyline… like Leon’s search for his patient’s lost love, his brother’s court trial and his own love life.
Now that I come to think of it Leon has more going on in his life than Tiffy who mostly has to figure out how to get out of the emotional abuse she has suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.
But as I said more than the story it’s the way it has been written that’s more beautiful. The author has entwined both the characters lives with ease and without being overly dramatic.
Coming to the characters I really liked Leon’s character more than Tiffy ‘s. He is a quiet guy who really loves his family and his work.
He goes out of his way to make his patients, brother and girlfriend happy and the author has depicted this character very well through her writing…as he speaks less so his thought process has also been written in short sentences.
As for Tiffy, her character is more outgoing, a complete contrast to that of Leon…she trusts easily…is easy to talk to.
On the whole, is a very friendly person hence instantly likeable.
The only flaw I found in her character was that a girl who initially was so sceptical about who she would be sharing the room and bed with pours her heart out in the first instance to a complete stranger…..albeit it’s only through written notes but still.
This particular attribute is something that kept nagging me throughout my reading of the book.
On the whole, the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary was a happy read for me. The story has its share of twists and turns.
Though they have not been described so dramatically the story proceeds at its happy pace.
The camaraderie shared between Tiffy and her friends sound genuine and is funny at places. It might not be the ROFL type but it definitely puts a smile on your face.
It’s a one time read but a good one if you have a few hours to spare. The readers are sure to end up with a smile on their face.
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