Book Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Published: 20/11/2018
226 pages
Kindle edition

Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.

91vwdbrqmqlVery different but absolutely addictive read!

I picked this book up on The Pigeonhole platform and it was my first experience of this app. Not sure whether it was novelty of the style I read this book in (only one part of the book released a day) or gripping mind boggling story but I really enjoyed it.

For me totally different genre, satire, felt really refreshing. Korede and Ayoola are very close, there is a lot that makes them very important to each other, they are sisters, they share difficult past full of secrets and although they are very different they have one thing (or three) in common. Dead bodies. One leaves them behind, one cleans them up.

I find it quite difficult to explain what I loved so much about this book but it’s one of the books definitely worth reading. Story was gripping, keeps you guessing and ending will probably shock you. I certainly hope there will be sequel following this book as I would definitely like to continue in exploring Korede’s world.


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