The Flatshare

Author: Beth O’Leary

Star Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

TW:  Gas lighting, emotional abuse, and stalking

Goodreads Synopsis

“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…”

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I know it’s been getting a lot of hype on bookstagram and booktube and I believe it’s well deserved. For a book that seemed like it would be light and airy, it deals with some pretty heavy topics. Between Tiffy’s ex-boyfriend’s abusive tendency and Leon’s family struggles, the book had many opportunities to be oppressively sad, but the outlook Tiffy and Leon have on life kept it light. Because Leon has the flat during the day and Tiffy has it at night, they end up communication via post it notes. I never thought I would look forward to new post it note messages like I did with these two! 

ALERT! ALERT! SPOILERS BELOW!

What I loved most was the way this book handles love after abuse. In the second half of the book, Tiffy is slowly piecing together how unhealthy her previous relationship was while still wanting to move forward with new love interests. She experiences perfectly normal things that you would expect after trauma like clamming up with a new partner or experiencing flashbacks of difficult and sometimes scary memories. I felt that O’Leary did a great job of acknowledging Tiffy’s trauma while still having her progress forward. 

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