My Sister, the Serial Killer
A NoveleBook - 2018
"The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to."—MARIE CLAIRE
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE
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.
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This is a story about 2 sisters that have a typical sister relationship with ups and downs. They are there for each other when their abusive father gets angry. Korede is the older sister, is the one that tries to take care of everyone and works as a nurse at the hospital in Nigeria. Ayoola is beautiful and everyone loves her and wants to be with her, but she cares mostly about herself. Ayoola calls her sister whenever she gets into trouble and Korede always comes and cleans everything up. She has learned a few tricks working at the hospital. Things change when Ayoola starts dating the man that Korede has her eye on. This book was fast paced and contains dark humor. It was a fun and interesting read.
The bonds of sisterhood are strained in this darkly humorous crime novel. Korede is the complete opposite of her younger sister Ayoola. Ayoola is beautiful, charismatic and charming where Korede is plain and methodical. Korede is a nurse, a key factor is what Ayoola uses her for - cleaning up after she murders the men she is dating. Korede knows Ayoola is out of control, but quietly aids her sister until Ayoola sets her sights on the man Korede is secretly in love with.
Korede was just settling in for the night when she get's a call from her sister; dinner was coming out of the oven, the movie was paused, the night was set. A call from Ayoola means her dinner will get cold, the movie will be removed, bleach and gloves will need to be packed, and a plan to dispose of the body will need to be thought of quick.
Korede, next the her sister, homely and tedious. Ayoola, since birth, attractiveness and "Innocent." Korede and Ayoola are eachother's best friends; the serial killer and the protector. Ayoola kills without remorse, and Korede cleans away the proof and sins.
When Ayoola attracts Korede's crush, Korede begins to question her role as protector, and debates whether or not to let her sister go to jail.
How long can Korede keep up these charades when the police are getting suspicious of all the missing men Ayoola is involved with?
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He once told me you had to feed the cow before you slaughter it; it was the way of life.
I would be more at ease if the Joker were to smile at me.
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