Finlay Donovan is Killing It | By Elle Cosimano
Book Review | Cozy Mystery Thriller
“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. 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.
Narrative and Plot
Finlay Donovan does not have her life together. Her careful life has been thrown apart all of a sudden. And there is only one thing that can solve her problems – money. Lots of it. Naturally, when a troubled wife mistakes her for a hit woman, she didn’t completely write it off. Apparently, killing contracts pays a lot more than struggling authors. For such a fun synopsis, and all the hype from the bookish community, you cannot help but feel a bit apprehensive when you pick this up. However, the narrative pulls you in within the first chapter. It is a laugh-out-loud thriller.
The plot thickens till the end. Even if you are a thriller connoisseur and can see right through the story, the ride is worth it. I, for one, didn’t know how it was all going to wrap up, but I was rewarded with a satisfying ending.
Characters and Conflicts
Finlay is your protagonist. She is a single mom and an author going through writer’s block. It is easy to relate to her despite the things she gets herself involved with. Somehow she comes off as this self-deprecating rom-com heroine who gets entangled in a much more complicated scenario than a love triangle. Yet there is growth in the character throughout her experience with an outlandish scenario.
The ensemble cast, including the kids, is all complementing the story. With Vero as her supporting system and sidekick, the series definitely has more potential, it seems.
In short, Finlay Donovan is killing it, in terms of hitting every story beat as a thriller comedy. This is a book that I could see re-reading myself on a rainy day. Now, I cannot wait to see how Finlay Donovan knocks ’em dead.