Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Ellie Cosimano

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the start of a new week. I hope you’re all feeling chirpy and ready to take whatever the world has prepared for you this week. I have a couple of days working in London this week which I’m kind of happy about, kind of nervous about. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to properly travel for work but I know I’ll be fine.

Book πŸ“–

I guess that the majority of people do not need an introduction to Finlay Donovan is Killing It by @ellecosimano because this book was everywhere I looked for quite some time. It’s taken me a while to jump onto the bandwagon, but I’m finally here. This was on my 23 in 23 list, so I can enjoy the satisfaction of checking a book off that list too.

Description πŸ”–

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

When Finlay’s overheard discussing the plot of her new 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…and she soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

Is this plot ridiculous? Yes. Did I enjoy it anyway? Yes. I went into this book expecting something light hearted that would maybe have some comedy and it’s pretty much what I got thankfully. This wasn’t a deep mystery full of twists and turns (not in my opinion anyway) but it was fun following the dramas of Finlay’s life and cringing at the ridiculous situations that she ended up finding herself in.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

Finlay was a really likeable character. The calamity that had become her life wasn’t remotely relatable for me, however her personality and private life were relatable and it helped a lot with how I got on with the book. I don’t know how she coped with carrying the secrets for so long because I would have been a nervous wreck and would have likely had a breakdown. However she kept on going and every time I thought it was going to go wrong for her, she came out smelling of roses.

Vero was probably my favourite character because I thought that she was hilarious. Not only that, she was fiercely loyal to Finlay and I really enjoyed following the development of their friendship. Vero was straight to the point and blunt in her delivery of absolutely everything and I think she was the exact kind of ally that Finlay needed.

Writing Style ✍️

I enjoyed how the author paced this book as it kept the story exciting and married well with the humorous side of the plot line. I can’t lie, I wasn’t overly shocked at the reveals and I did see them coming however it didn’t ruin the experience of this book for me because I didn’t find it to be a serious kind of read. I went into it expecting something fun and easy and it’s exactly what I got.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

I had a lot of fun with this book and enjoyed spending time with all of the characters along the way. The witty writing had me giggling and the characters felt like people I had made friends with. Was the plot realistic? No it wasn’t, but I’m quite ok with it. I didn’t expect it to be, I wanted to be entertained and that’s exactly what this book did. I’d recommend this book for anyone looking for something fun that they can quite easily binge and enjoy.


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