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 was really intrigued by the premise of The Flat Share and wondered from the beginning how Tiffy and Leon’s relationship would develop. I was not disappointed and I was engaged the whole way through, wanting to know what would happen next.
Tiffy and Leon are wonderful protagonists, and they both have characteristics that make them very likeable and easy to relate to. I enjoyed their sense of humour and there were some fabulous laugh out loud moments as Tiffy and Leon got to know each other. This is enhanced by the narration of the chapters, which alternates between Tiffy and Leon and helps us to see both points of view. I chose to listen to the audio version of the book and the two narrators really brought the characters to life.
As well as the humour, O’Leary addresses some very serious issues in The Flat Share, and I appreciated the way she explores coercive control and imprisonment, with a depth which is rare in novels of the same genre.
The Audible version of the book concludes with an interview with Beth O’Leary which I really enjoyed.