Book Review: The Flat Share

By Beth O'Leary

4 out of 5 stars

Ok so firstly I know this book has been all over social media and like everyone else there's a reason I jumped on the bandwagon. I do love a bit of comfy chick lit. You know the type of book you can wrap yourself up in on a Sunday afternoon, your toes warm under a snuggly blanket, a hot cup of tea by your side, and just read a story without thinking too much. And that is exactly what this book is. It's not going to challenge your literary brain, nor be a book you'll probably remember beyond a year's worth of reading. That probably sounds a bit harsh but really sometimes, just sometimes, I don't want to read a book that does those things. I just want characters I can warm to, a little bit of funny and a heart warming story that ends well. And that's why I picked this book up. That and strapline from Cosmopolitan ' The New JoJo Moyes'. I mean who could resist if you're a lover of JoJo Moyes - which incidently I am.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat. Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met. Sound impossible? Not in the world of Tiffy and Leon. Night worker Lean occupies a 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 work clients and wrongly imprisoned brothers the fact is they still haven''t met.

The blurb says that Tiffy and Leon have thrown the rulebook out the window. I quite agree. There's no way I would share the same sheets as a man I hadn't met. Yuck. So from that point of view the storyline is a little out there. Maybe it does happen I don't know. Aside from such small matters, the story is just as heartwarming as it is billed. Tiffy and Leon are immensely likeable and well constructed characters. The world around them is just as you'd expect, there's the angry ex, the media job etc all adding up to a plot that easily skips along. The writing is witty and engaging. Of both characters I found Tiffy more absorbing and longed for Leon to be explored a bit further, the script writing style in his chapters I found difficult to engage in.

Overall, a great debut and an author to watch out for.