Published: 18th April 2019
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…
Thank you to Quercus for kindly sending me a review copy.
Tiffy, an under paid book editor desperately needs somewhere new to live and with the opportunity to share a bed with a stranger at different times of the day arises, she decides to take the offer on a whim (without even meeting said stranger!) and before she knows it, she’s fully settled in. With the narrative being split between Tiffy and Leon’s point of view, readers are given the chance to know the two main characters very early on in the plot – quirky dress sense, quiet personality, doesn’t drink all of the coffee, bakes when stressed, isn’t really committed to current relationship. As a reader, I felt like I knew Tiffy and Leon pretty well from the second chapter or so and there wasn’t anything in which I didn’t like about either of them.
“This is an end to the endless twisting in the gut, the endless waiting on the edge of conversations, the endless knowing but trying not to know.”
Aside from Tiffy and Leon being flat mates who never see one another, there is an awful lot going on in each other’s lives that the readers are given a lot of background detail to. In terms of Leon, he’s struggling to come to grips with his younger brother being in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit and with Beth’s way of writing, she conveyed Leon’s personality to adapt to how he was feeling until the truth came out. As for Tiffy – she’s got more on her plate than a builder eating an English breakfast in a dirty café; with her ex-boyfriend having cheated on her and then “accidentally” turning up at the exact same places she is in, Tiffy finds that the only way to deal with her inner demons is to see a therapist (and quite frankly, I would have liked more therapy scenes!). Even though our two main characters have a lot to deal with on the side lines, that doesn’t stop them from growing closer in the form of post-it notes which was kind of cheesy but also kind of very sweet all at the same time.
“It’s weird how easily you can get to know someone from the traces they leave behind.”
When I first started reading The Flatshare, I thought it was going to be one of those very predictable romance plots of boy meets girl, they fall madly in love with one another and that is that. But Beth really did prove me wrong (don’t worry, there is romance in there!) as she added so many more incredible elements to the plot – solid friendships, the power of who you know, an unhealthy relationship, finding your true love and bossing your career. These are just a handful of the few topics in which Beth covers within The Flatshare and ones in which I absolutely loved. Her writing is charismatic, her characters are charming yet quirky and the overall plot was just a joy to read (within a day might I add!). If you enjoy any books by Paige Toon or Jojo Moyes, then you must definitely pre-order this one!
Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted to me from Quercus via. NetGalley and I have an ongoing working relationship with the publisher.