Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book Review: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finn's life is kind of a disaster. After her cheating husband left, she's had to rent their house from him, which the sales of her books just won't pay for, and more than once she's had to beg him to turn the power back on. He and his girlfriend are seriously threatening to take Finn's two kids away, and her latest book is way overdue. After a disastrous morning during which her daughter cut off her own hair and duct-taped it back on, cutting herself in the process, Finn is late to meet with her literary agent at a nearby Panera (annoyingly, the one she's banned from, so she has this wig/scarf combo she has to wear.)

While discussing her contract, and her ideas for her next mystery novel, a neighboring patron overhears and misunderstands, particularly after she caught a glimpse of Finn's open diaper bag with a bloody burp cloth, knife, and duct tape tucked inside. She leaves a note, asking Finn to kill her husband, as she thinks Finlay is a contract killer.

How absurd! Although, the money would be great. Especially after her husband fired her babysitter that morning. And now that she's looked into him, the husband seems like a very bad dude. But she could never do that! Right? It wouldn't hurt to check him out at the bar she knows he's supposed to go to that night. Right? I mean, what could go wrong, just going to the bar? Finn isn't a killer after all! Isn't she?

This is a hysterical novel that riffs on the harried-mom-can't-hold-it-together subgenre epitomized by I Don't Know How She Does It, but combining it with a hitman storyline is truly original and creative. I enjoyed every minute of it.

This book is published by Minotaur, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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