My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

Book - 2018
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cort_66
Nov 17, 2020

Fast paced good read. Interesting information set in Nigeria. You will find yourself rooting for the bad people.

Fast paced crime novel set in Nigeria. Dark humor abounds in this murder mystery featuring two very different sisters.

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Rita_Maria
Sep 25, 2020

I found this book fast-paced, humorous and emotionally charged. I found the structure of this book refreshing and it was an all-round great escape.

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SIRENREAD
Sep 23, 2020

In pandemic times reading is hard when your focus is consumed by stress, but it's one of the few safe things to do. Although "My Sister, the Serial Killer" lacked depth of plot and characters, it succeeds in being a fast past, stylish crime/medical suspense/mystery. The symbolism is very on the nose, and can be deciphered at ease. I probably would have a hard time selling this to my fellow readers, but it's structure is a relief from all the stuffy academic and serious literature.

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33Tor75
Sep 13, 2020

Couldn’t finish

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RueK
Jul 10, 2020

Mostly fluff. Lacked depth in the characters. Predictable in story. Quick read though, if you want something light to pound out.

WPL_Najeeba Jun 08, 2020

This was a quick read, pretty high-paced and entertaining. The author did a great job of portraying the balance between sibling rivalry with a need to protect one's siblings - either because of a feeling of responsibility or sheer love for them. The best part of the book is the moral predicament that the main character Korede finds herself in after discovering that Ayoola has murdered again. The end was a little bit abrupt for me.

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FloraWest
Jun 05, 2020

Quick, dark, witty. Good summer read if you enjoy this genre.

CALS_Lee Apr 29, 2020

Raised by an abusive father, the younger and irresponsible sister finds herself incapable of having a relationship without murdering the man, and her duty bound elder sister feels resigned to helping clean up the mess, most literally. Somewhere between drama and black comedy, it’s a quick and fun read with a couple of memorable and well done characters.

JCLJENNYT Mar 20, 2020

This book flew by, Braithwaite's writing style is super engaging and its easy to connect with Korede and even to some degree empathize with said serial killer sister Ayoola. Ayoola has somewhat of a manic pixie dream girl vibe to her which mixed with serial killer made me think of Villanelle from "Killing Eve".
What I really liked about this book was the comment on how these men just want Ayoola for her pretty face and it doesn't really matter about what's going on with her internally. Even Tade the character framed by Korede as being the ideal guy falls into the same trope.
Another question the book brings up is who is more at fault, Ayoola the girl committing the murders but clearly isn't right in the head or Korede who knowing it's wrong covers up her sister's mistakes time and time again. As someone with a sister its easy for me to understand the unconditional love that comes with that bond but I don't know if I could go along with her killing people. Braithwaite does a great job with subverting the serial killer thriller genre.
Now what I didn't like was this book I know was short but at the same time it didn't seem like it fully came to a head. The climax fell flat for me. I wish that we got more of what was going on with their father because that part of the narrative didn't feel fully developed.
Overall I would recommend this book because I think that it was a pretty decent story and the characters were interesting and well written and it is a quick read.
Really awesome to see more Nigerian writers entering the main stream.

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BioCook
Mar 13, 2020

Quick, engrossing read about a twisted relationship between sisters. It was a fun book for a day in!

Groszerita Feb 29, 2020

Dark and quick read.

Where does loyalty end when it comes to family? Is murder or several murders an ending to a relationship? Should family always back family up?

CCPL_Carly Jan 15, 2020

With dark humor and a unique premise, this quick read is both disturbing and fascinating. Korede’s honest examination of her sister, and how she came to be what she is, will immerse readers in her moral dilemma. Addictive and surprisingly relevant, this debut novel might appeal to readers of psychological suspense.

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kaprice01
Dec 31, 2019

Very fast read. Predictable tropes but satisfying. Recommend!

AndreaG_KCMO Dec 09, 2019

I appreciated the unusual plot premise, the careful unfolding of backstory, the setting details, and introspective but humorous narration. I struggled to understand the narrator's response to the string of murders until the last few illuminating chapters and was left contemplating my own sibling relationships. Overall a quick and fun read.

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swathikilingaru
Nov 25, 2019

Short yet disturbing novel. It has only 223 pages hence can finish in a day. As name suggests it’s about a lady one who kills her boyfriends . She is loved and protected by her sisTer. Good easy reading. It was so interesting I could not keep book aside.

satx_bookshark Nov 04, 2019

A compelling read that uses unusual circumstances to look at the relationship between sisters.

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uncommonreader
Sep 05, 2019

Short, slight and light. I do not know why this book is on the Booker long list.

Nicr Sep 02, 2019

"There's something wrong with her...but you? What's your excuse?" A tale of two Nigerian sisters: Korede, the angry, repressed, ugly-duckling one--our narrator--and Ayoola, the breezy, beautiful one who seems to have murdered several boyfriends. And now she's set her cap for her sister's crush. Dramatic events, short chapters and a terse, deadpan style set this novel barreling relentlessly and remorselessly to its conclusion. Pitch-black humor. A Booker Prize nominee.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This is truly a breakout year for debut Nigerian authors. First Tomi Adeyemi delivers the first book in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, and now Oyinkan Braithwaite brings to the table a wonderfully crafted family drama.

Despite its dark content, this book was an absolute delight. I often found myself imagining how I would react in the situations Korede found herself in. As someone with two younger sisters, I know how strong and complex the sibling bond can be. To further complicate the relationship, Korede and Ayoola’s bond is forged not only by love (more notably Korede’s), but by shared trauma. As Ayoola’s lifelong protector, Korede shoulders the burden of saving Ayoola from the consequences of her crimes. Ayoola herself is an interesting paradox because her exquisite beauty makes her both a victim and a perpetrator of extreme violence.

At times witty, and at times chilling, this book really had me questioning exactly how far I would go to protect the ones I love.

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jul 29, 2019

Apr 2019: Compelling, excellent, psych thriller, short

RandomLibrarian Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "This is a very short book but every word counts. The story is gripping and the writing is sublime. There’s the additional enjoyment of getting a glimpse of life in Lagos, Nigeria, where the hospital is high tech but a man can still divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” The mix of different religions and cultures and old traditions and new social media enforces the idea that the world is unstable, morality is a moving target, and sisters should band together. "

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/my-sister-the-serial-killer-by-oyinkan-braithwaite/

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betsymarzoni
Jun 01, 2019

A quick, fun read that asks where we should place our loyalties and is there a line we cannot cross?

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Linyarai
May 30, 2019

The blurb for this book sounded really exciting, and the plot did move quickly, but overall I found it a bit annoying and I was unhappy with the ending.

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nalahblueberry5
May 17, 2019

This book is fun to read and it really sucks you in. I would like to read her other work.


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