Book Review: The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Flat Share by 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…

I am a little late to this show if I’m honest – I feel that the whole world has read this before me! It has been sat on my TBR pile for quite some time now, however lockdown finally allowed me the time to pick it up (I knew there had to be a silver lining to lockdown somewhere!)

Tiffy Moore desperately needs somewhere cheap to live, which will allow her to easily commute to work – when the opportunity to rent a one bedroom flat arises, she jumps at the chance. However there is one rather different condition to the rental – she has to share it, with a stranger.

Leon Twomey is a palliative care nurse who works night shifts to help him pay for his brother Richie’s legal support – Richie is in prison after being wrongly accused of committing an armed robbery. With a girlfriend who is not exactly supportive of him assisting his brother, and legal fees mounting with very little to show for it, he needs the money.

Tiffy and Leon’s friendship flourishes as they gradually get to know each other via post-it notes left around their shared flat, as they attempt to encourage and help each other despite not actually meeting.

This is such a lovely story – I really loved both Tiffy and Leon as characters. They both have excellent character development, and I loved how their friendship deepened well before they even set eyes on each other. I am so pleased to be able to recommend this to you all, I loved it and I know you all will too!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

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