Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5-5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

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 moments.




My Thoughts:

Finlay Donovan is Killing It, and so is author Elle Cosimano!  This book hooked me at the dedication page and had me glued to the story to the very end.  I love a good comedy-noir, and the author delivered.

Finlay Donovan’s life is currently a white-hot mess.  Her philandering ex-husband isn’t helping her much financially and he’s threatening to sue for full custody of the kids.  Neither Finlay nor her alter ego, Fiona Donohue, can pay the bills and keep the lights on.  When curious Finlay checks out a business proposition, her life seemingly goes from bad to worse.  Her ex-nanny, now friend, Vero steps into to save the day.  Unfortunately, Vero is the type of friend who doesn’t necessarily help you make better decisions.  I loved Vero despite her occasional errors in judgement; she is highly competent, organized and resourceful.  She is definitely someone you want by your side when things go sideways.

We readers get a limited view of ex-husband Steven, and it is only from Finlay’s perspective.  We get to know him just enough to know that he is not a good person. The more interesting men in the story are Nick and Julian.  These potential love interests are basically off-the-table as getting involved with either could lead to Finaly’s demise.

The story is fast paced, and the plot has decent tension.  The plot points are sometimes implausible, but that is part of the fun. Finlay Donovan is Killing It is both humorous and suspenseful.  A struggling author, Russian mobsters, a sod farm, and an excellent cast of characters—how could you possibly resist this book?


About the Author: Elle Cosimano’s debut thriller, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award finalist, won the International Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was awarded the Mathical Book Award recognizing mathematics in children’s literature. Her novel Holding Smoke was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and the International Thriller Award. Her books for young adults have appeared on several statewide school and library reading lists. You can learn more about her at

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