Book Review: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

02.02.2021 | Minotaur Books
Rating: 5/5 stars


Finlay Donovan is definitely not killing it. She’s a stressed-out single mother of two who is struggling to find time she desperately needs to finish her latest novel. Her ex-husband just 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 her daughter decided to take scissors to it. When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. Finlay quickly discovers crime in real life is much more complicated than the fictional scenarios she creates.

FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT is a smart, hilarious, witty, and authentic piece of crime fiction that will keep you simultaneously in stitches and on the edge of your seat! 

Finlay’s character is one you instantly want to see given a fresh start with the compounded list of things she has to take care of following her divorce from her less than worthy ex-husband. Finlay is so many things, but what shines most is her strength, determination, and compassion. I for one can’t imagine what I would do if I randomly was approached to be a contract killer, but wow if I didn’t adore Finlay’s reaction! 


There are so many moments in FINLAY DONOVAN where you want to scream “no don’t do that”, but really mean “yes, please do that so I can see how crazy this gets”! The plot is fast-paced and full of turns and twists that ultimately lead to a dramatic ending. 

I saw on Goodreads that this is the beginning of a series and I’m over the moon to hear there will be more Finlay in my future!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

A huge thank you to Minotaur Books for my gifted copy!

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