With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

February 19, 2021

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

by Elle Cosimano

Published February 2, 2021
by St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

From the Publisher:

“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.

Louise’s thoughts:

I loved this book right from the opening sentences, which will resonate with any mother of young children – or anyone who has ever spent time around young children. I laughed out loud at many points in the story about a struggling author of suspense novels who is a single mom (divorced). The incident with the pre-schooler cutting her own hair resonated with me, as my granddaughter did the same thing, albeit with less bloody results!

The setup: Finlay has a meeting with her agent at a local Panera, after a disastrous start to her day due to the above-mentioned children. A woman overhears their conversation, sees bloody items in Finlay’s diaper bag and completely misreads the situation, thinking she’s a “hit woman.” Craziness ensues. I loved Finlay and her babysitter/sidekick Vero. Her cheating husband and his new fiancee add to the complicated situation, which includes a custody battle. And two very handsome available men enter the picture for Finlay. In some ways, the book reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but even though some of it is a bit far-fetched, this story seems less ridiculous than the situations Stephanie always seems to find herself in. Looks like a great start to a series!

Contemporary Fiction, Crime Fiction, General Fiction (Adult), Mystery, Thriller One Reply to “Finlay Donovan Is Killing It”
Louise Forman
Louise Forman


One comment on “Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

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    I have this one on my TBR stack! Glad you enjoyed!

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