My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"Pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan...This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember."—NEW YORK TIMES
"The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to."—MARIE CLAIRE
A 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.
Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite's deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.
Published: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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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.

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.

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.

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.

PawsFurBooks Nov 04, 2019

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

Sep 05, 2019

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

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He once told me you had to feed the cow before you slaughter it; it was the way of life.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 26, 2019

I would be more at ease if the Joker were to smile at me.


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