My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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"--
"Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--
Published: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385544238
Branch Call Number: F BRA
Characteristics: 226 pages ;,20 cm


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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.

Oct 09, 2019

Short size hard cover. Short chapters. Short pages. Short substance. Short ending. Long on hype. Glad I had a chance to see for myself. It was OK..

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.

Jul 29, 2019

Apr 2019: Compelling, excellent, psych thriller, short

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


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