The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Narrator: Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune
Length: 9 Hours & 27 Minutes
Publication Date: 1st August 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
I wasn’t planning on reading this book but a friend asked if I would buddy read it with her, so I agreed. I went into this book knowing very little but worked out the what it was going to be about from the title.
It took me a while to get into and at times I felt like I would never get to the end, but I did, and honestly I didn’t love it like so many, including my friend.
The book is written from two points of view. One from Tiffy’s and the other Leon’s. I didn’t mind reading the two separate POVs but this is where I found the writing was a let-down. I felt the chapters did not flow as well as they could have and the whole thing felt like I was reading some kind of play rather than a full novel.
I personally found the plot to be very predictable and I wasn’t a fan of the multiple storylines. I wish the author had concentrated on just one main one. the multiple storylines made the book feel like the author wasn’t quite sure which direction she wanted the book to go into. While reading I was also left with so many questions, somewhere answered in the end but new ones came up and those weren’t answered by the time I finished the book.
When I started The Flatshare I was keen to learn about the characters, but sadly as I carried on they really started to feel flat and two dimensional. most of the way through I found them annoying. They did get better by the end but a little too late for me.
Sadly, this book wasn’t for me but so many others have loved it so worth giving a go as you never know you may fall in love with it.
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