Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Posted September 20, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 9 Comments

Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Series: Finlay Donovan #1
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on February 2, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

"Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moment, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.

This was fun! I bought this book months ago at a local independent bookstore but didn’t get around to reading it until a few weeks ago when I decided it was exactly the kind of book that I was in the mood to read. It was exactly what I needed. It was incredibly entertaining and rather funny. I am so glad that I finally picked this book up.

Finlay Donovan does not have it all together. She has two small children that she is trying to take care of on her own after her husband left her for another woman. She is an author but she really isn’t writing and her life is basically falling apart. When Finlay is meeting with her agent about her book, someone overhears and mistakes her for a hitman. She most definitely does not kill people for a living but it wouldn’t hurt to check out the man she is asked to dispose of, right? It takes about 5 minutes for Finlay to be in way over her head.

This really is a fun light read. As light as a book about killing people can be anyway. I liked Finlay and Vero a lot and thought that they made a fantastic team. I was drawn into the mystery and couldn’t wait to see how things would work out for Finlay. I was amused by this book from the very first page and before long, I found it next to impossible to set aside.

I would recommend this book to others. This book was incredibly well done with fantastic characters and just the right amount of humor. I cannot wait to read more of this entertaining series!

About Elle Cosimano

ELLE COSIMANO is an award-winning author. Her YA debut, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award finalist and winner of the International Thriller Award. Her novel Holding Smoke was a finalist for the International Thriller Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and Time. Elle lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, two sons, and her dog. Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is her adult debut.

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