Review | The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary


The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Genre/s: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Published by Quercus Books

Release Date: 18th April 2019

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This book is incredible! The Flatshare is a breath of fresh air for the romance and contemporary genre's! I adored the way in which the two main characters have insanely realistic traits, both positive and negative and how they together were completely different people but complimented each other extremely well. And first and foremost this is a fantastic slow burn romance!

Not to mention that the book has one of my all time favourite tropes, two people pushed together in a uncomfortable situation and forced to make the best of it. But this one has the twist of the characters not actually interacting face to face to begin with and it was interesting to see their relationship develop through post it notes. If you haven't read the synopsis, I would recommend going in to this as blind and possible. All you really need to know is that the two protagonists decide to take advantage of a Flatshare arrangement. Only one bedroom between them, but that obviously not being much of a problem since one works at night and one in the morning. Then things get more interesting from there.

I would like to mention the writing style a little as one perspective was slightly jarring to begin with. The male protagonists perspective is written almost like a script. I didn't love the idea of this when I started his character's first chapter and was a little annoyed by it to be honest but I kept going and quickly became accustomed to it. And I quite like how it made a clear difference between perspectives. I never had a moment where I forgot whose perspective I was reading from as I often find is the case with some multi-perspective novels.

The whole book is so adorable and I found the set up and plot very unique. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters arc and the situations they go through. This book isn't just a light hearted read with no backbone, it really is a well developed very impactful read that broaches a lot of important topics. If you're looking for a uplifting, funny read with some hidden depth, this is perfect for you! I would highly recommend it!.

Trigger warnings: Emotional abuse and manipulation, gaslighting, stalking, ptsd.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you so much for reading!

- Sophie

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