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"-- Provided by publisher.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385544238
Branch Call Number: F
PR9387.9.B73 M9 2018
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 20 cm


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LVCCLD_Adults Nov 01, 2018

This slim, scathingly black comedy delves into two sisters’ tenuous dynamic — heightened since one of them is, erm, a serial killer. Such morbidity only sharpens the book’s comic edge, which emerges via Braithwaite’s deadpan prose.

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Dec 05, 2018

Just finished this trippy book and feel like I was shot out of a cannon. I could not put it down. It deserves to be on the many Best of 2018 lists it has landed on. Crisply written, ironic, tragic, deadly. Masterful psychological thriller.

Dec 02, 2018

Another excellent female Nigerian writer whom I've discovered this year. The title attracted me first. Then, I was drawn in by the simple writing style, the complicated relationship between the sisters and they way their family history affected the current events.

Two reasons, I withheld a five-star rating is that despite Ayoola's beauty, I think she gets off way too many times - felt too convenient too many times. The other is the ending. I won't say anything to spoil it; it was anticlimactic and disappointing.

Dec 02, 2018

This book could’ve been so much better for all of the hype that has been surrounding it. My Sister, The Serial Killer is a huge, emphasis on the huge, letdown. The book started out strong and had me hooked from the first few sentences. But none of the characters are likable at all. Ayoola is a spoiled selfish brat who had me rolling my eyes too much and Korede is a rigid Type A self-hating stick in the mud who often had me cringing at her brusqueness. I’ll admit that I liked the writing style and the author’s way way of storytelling, but towards the end the book fell flat and the end was just terrible.

Nov 30, 2018

I have mixed feelings about the overall storyline. None of the characters are very likable but the premise of the story is interesting. Kind of an anticlimactic ending. Still I would recommend if you want a quick, easy read.

KCLSQueennie Nov 27, 2018

Witty and sharp slasher short novel. Korede has great insight of self, her relationship with her sister, Ayoola, and their distinct relationships with men. Great short read.

Nov 26, 2018

My Sister, the Serial Killer by young Nigerian author, Oyinkan Brathwaite, is a really inventive debut! I really enjoyed the darkly comic tone, playful plot, and no-frills writing style. I swear: I enjoyed the heck out of it. HOWEVER, I must say one thing: ultimately, I wasn't dazzled. I'm all about satisfying endings, and if the ending has me disappointed, the whole book's tone and color can change. My feelings toward it change. So, while I can still say I enjoyed reading the book -- I laughed, I was pulled along wanting to know what would happen, even though there isn't much of an element of mystery in this book – something was still off.

It was the protagonist. Korede. Korede is the decidedly uglier, more boring sister. She's the glue to older sister Ayoola's finely-printed, silken wallpaper. I had a problem with her non-stop kvetching about being a Khloe instead of a Kim, because it’s never obvious to the audience WHY Ayoola is so amazing and why Korede isn’t. Ayoola and Korede remain just underdeveloped enough for the comparison between the two to not matter. At all. And without a believable protagonist who self-actualizes at some point – because what is fiction without self-actualization? – I’m lost.

I’m trying to be brutally honest in my reviews, but my intention here is to ENCOURAGE people to read this book. Why? It has a great plot. It’s darkly comic. It’s by a new, young, female author from Nigeria. All good reasons to give this fun read a try.

Despite my tiny criticisms, I’m very excited to see what Oyinkan writes next!

DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

A New & Noteworthy pick. The title alone tells you that this might be something a little different. This delicious, quirky thriller is set in Nigeria and I loved it!


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