Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano – #popularbooksof2022 #mystery


Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. 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. She soon 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.


I kept seeing this book everywhere and finally I got a copy for Mother’s Day. I made a start on it pretty quickly, however Blog Tours and Library book deadlines kept my progress on it slow. As I mentioned throughout my reading updates and other posts, I did enjoy it despite the slow progress and it was something to look forward to reading a chapter of each evening. 

The writing was light and entertaining. I loved the family element which added the humour. I love a murder mystery/thriller, but sometimes you need something inbetween to lighten the mood. This book encompassed both the mystery and the chick lit. There were even some gruesome bits, which added that extra something to the story! I loved how cleverly the story worked out and all came together. It was very slick and nothing was overdone. 

The chapters weren’t overly long, which meant that there was a good steady pace to the book. There was a lot that seemed to happen in a relatively short amount of time which kept my interest. There was a good amount of suspense throughout the book and you were kept on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next! 

The characters were brilliant. The story was from the main character’s perspective and you really felt for her at times. It was amazing how she managed to get caught up in it all. I also loved the support that Finlay (the main character) had from Vero. It made me feel that Finlay was someone worth risking things for and it was a great bond that they shared. 

Lastly the settings. These were very scantly described. It was very much on a need to know basis. This didn’t bother me in the slightest as the character conversations and actions were exciting enough and didn’t need anything else. 

Overall an excellent story that had everything you could possibly want from a mystery. I highly recommend and am looking forward to getting the next book! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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