Book Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

 


Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

⭐⭐⭐⭐   |  Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021 | Fiction

Have you ever seen Dumb and Dumber? It was a film in the 90s about a couple of friends who became a target of murdering criminals because they inadvertently took a suitcase of money. Little do they know that there were goons on their trail. While the goons were hunting them, they all thought that they're a couple of skilled, cold blooded killers but they're actually just a couple of dumb guys. 

Anywho, Finlay Donovan was kind of in the same boat. In her mind, she was failing as a mother. She failed as a wife (recently divorced); failing as a novelist as she was behind on her deadline. She's broke and purely dependent on her ex husband to provide for her and the kids. Even though her ex husband is actually engaged to another woman. But while she was in a meeting with her agent about the latest plot of her novel (which, by the way, she was only winging), another woman thought Finlay was an actual assassin. Before she knows it, the woman hired her to kill her husband. 

Let me tell you, the way this story unravel was kind of a clumsy comedy of errors. While it was fun and a little insane, I have to say that Cosimano kept a tight ship. It was believable and made total sense. You would think this mother of two would be like, 'hell no, I'm not killing anyone!'. Let me just say that she didn't actually agree. But you would have to read the book to see how the sequence of events fell like a mad, tumbling dominoes. 

It was brilliant and funny -- just like Finlay is. But she's not intentionally funny, you know? She just kept making choices that none of us mere mortals will make in real life. Yet somehow, the chips fall to her favour. Granted, she's now a notorious assassin, but she never really intended to be one, you know? What I also love about this book is it has women characters taking control of their lives. Nefarious though their methods may be. We have a woman who was married to the mob accountant who has a penchant for drugging women and taking their pictures for future blackmail purposes. And another one who was married to the mob enforcer who likes to use his heavy hand to control his wife. In Finlay's case, not only was she able to finally be financially independent from her ex, the cases she worked on became a novel that was soon-to-be a hit. So she's no longer a mediocre novelist. I just love everything about this novel. 

I believe this is going to be a series of books so I can't wait to see what Elle Cosimano & Finlay Donovan end up. Wherever that may be, I'm sure it will be a rip-roaring fun. 

Comments

  1. I am pretty sure that I would enjoy this book. It sounds funny and rather original. I am so glad that you liked this one, Joy!

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  2. The premise of this book is hilarious, Joy! I think I've read one of Elle's YA books back in the day. It sounds like a fun cozy mystery. I'll have to see if the library has any copies of this available.

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  3. I could use a good laugh; I'll keep this in mind.

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  4. Ok, not what I expected, and I am really curious!

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  5. I don't usually like comic thrillers (stuff like Carl Hiaasen or Janet Evanovich) but I really did like this one. It was a lot of fun!

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  6. I couldn't stand that movie, but this book actually sounds like a lot of fun! ❤

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  7. "Before she knows it, the woman hired her to kill her husband. " Ha I love this. An assassin by accident? I almost want to read it just for that! And then her cases become her book- that's awesome. :)

    I like everything about the sound of this one...

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  8. This sounds very different from anything I read and yet something I think I'd have fun with! I loved Dumb and Dumber, lol! I was just thinking about it the other day. I've watched the movie so many times over the years. It's so ridiculous, crude and oh-so-funny! Sounds like the men she was hired to kill had it coming, which definitely makes a difference. Fab review, Joy!

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  9. I have this and hope to read it soon! It sounds crazy and fantastic, and that's great that the author keeps it running smoothly.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. If I spy this on audio, I'm scooping it up! It sounds like a book made for audio.

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  11. Oh it looks fun! I saw that a book by this author was translated in French

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  12. Sounds fun! I don't usually like silly, madcap books, so I'm glad this one has a plot that feels convincing, even if it's kind of crazy :) Glad you enjoyed.

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  13. I was a bit wary of this because I never find funny books to be funny, but I think I'll give it a go!

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  14. That was such a daft film! This book sounds really quirky!

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