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My Sister, the Serial Killer (2017)

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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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"--… (more)
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The author's portrayal of a gorgeous, captivating psychopathic killer made this psychological thriller a book I could not put down. It explores family secrets, sibling rivalry and loyalty. How far would you go to protect those you love? ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
Engaging and zippy, with a darkly comic undertone. ( )
  arewenotben | Jul 31, 2020 |
This was a fast and excellent read.
About halfway through I was convinced that she was going to be arrested and convicted for her sister's murders, and her sister wouldn't do anything about it! But it went another way, and I'm happy/sad it did! ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
Quick read about 2 sisters in Nigeria. Korede is the eldest, and is a nurse at the local hospital. She is kind and competent, but she is not beautiful. Ayoola, tge younger sister, is a beauty, but she is shallow. She is swayed by wealth, and men are enthralled by her. She is also a serial killer, who kills and then calls Korede to help her clean up the mess.
Korede wants to tell someone, but doesn’t want to live without her sister.
This is an interesting tale on the relationship of sisters, their attitudes towards men and each other, and their life shaped by an abusive father.
I liked the authors writing style, the quick chapters, and the way she told Korede and Ayoola’s story.
#MySisterTheSerialKiller #OyinkanBraithwaite ( )
  rmarcin | Jul 17, 2020 |
It was a nice book to read. I don't know much about Nigeria and it's customs. I thought I might be learning something new from this book, but that wasn't really the case.
It was more a book about family relations, the bond between elder and younger sister, having lived with (and dealt with) an abusive father and a mother that favours the younger, more pretty sister. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jul 5, 2020 |
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Without aiming for a grand narrative or stuffing the prose with political history as Nigerian novelists are often tempted, Braithwaite entertains. Braithwaite does provide a candid take on under-discussed social issues but in place of grand commentary about the government and public life, she looks inward and forces a reflection on the problems of the family, and how families can distort people’s lives.
It’s strikingly original. Braithwaite sets the Offspring-like inner workings of the hospital, and an almost Mills & Boon style – sisters squabbling over the central love interest, the too-good-to-be-true Dr Tade – against a ruthless examination of a culture where Korede’s father beats his daughters and wife as he tries to sell Ayoola off to a local chief, who points out the 14-year-old girls he wants to marry with his bejewelled cane. At its heart is the idea of beauty and how far it can take you, how quickly it morphs into ugliness.
In one respect, it’s classic noir: actions have consequences that are inevitable – but the ending is worlds away from that bleak style, and the pitch-black humour, coupled with the sweltering heat of Lagos, gives a very different feel.
With a deadly aim, Braithwaite lobs jokes, japes and screwball comedy at the reader. Only after you turn the last page do you realize that, as with many brilliant comic writers before her, laughter for Braithwaite is as good for covering up pain as bleach is for masking the smell of blood.
Braithwaite leaves the reader wondering which of these two sisters is more damaged: the killer, or the killer’s faithful rescuer.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Braithwaite, Oyinkanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oduye, AdeperoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Windsor, Michael J.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my family, whom I love very much:

Akin, Tokunbo, Obafunke, Siji, Ore
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Ayoola summons me with these words -- Korede, I killed him.
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