My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385544238
Branch Call Number: FIC BRAITHWAITE, O.
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 19 cm


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Jan 05, 2021

4/5 stars!! if you're thinking about reading this book please do! it's about 200 pages and you can finish it in a day and you probably will. just grab it and give it a chance. also support women especially black women authors. I have a feeling I'll think of this book for s long time. the chapters are short but don't leave you hanging either. you will tear through this book I know I did . would highly recommend

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.

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.

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.

Sep 13, 2020

Couldn’t finish

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.

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.

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Nov 17, 2020

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.

Sep 23, 2020

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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