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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It Book Review

Title: Finlay Donovan is Killing It

Series: Yes (Book One)

Author: Elle Cosimano

Publisher: Minotaur

Genre: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Pages: 384

Published: January 4, 2022

Average Amazon Rating: 4.3. 48% gave it five stars and 38% gave it four stars.

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.05


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.

My Take on the Book:

I loved this book. This was one of those books that you just can’t put down! It was a fun, light read that kept me turning the pages. I don’t know if it was because I could relate to her as an author trying to squeeze in writing time with little kids or because of those mom moments where you’re just a walking hot mess. Whatever the reason, this book had me laughing the whole way through.

Humour: The humour in this book was more slapstick and situational comedy. So, if that’s your bag, you’ll laugh the whole way. If your sense of humour leans more towards witty comments, etc., you might not find this as funny.

Romance: There are two men that the main character becomes romantically involved with. The steam factor is low with the most description being a kiss filled with desire. All sex occurs off the page with the most description saying that the main character left the next morning.

Violence: There is a little bit of violence but it isn’t described in very much detail. There is one instance of violence that is described in a bit more detail than others but, even then, it’s very minimal. (I can’t go into too much description of this incident as it could ruin a portion of the book). Just know that none of the violent scenes are disturbing.

Language: There isn’t really any swearing in the book.

My final Rating: I had a blast reading this book and I’ve already jumped into book two of the series. I would give this book a solid 4.5 stars. Such a great book!

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