My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: as gripping as it gets

Why should you read this book?

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is such an entertaining and witty book! This novel has been everywhere. It was Belletrist’s December’s pick and it’s an Elle Books to Watch in 2019!

As the title indicates, this book follows the story of Korede and her serial killer sister Ayoola. One day, Korede is interrupted by a call and the request is clear. She has to go help her sister get rid of a body. The man was Ayoola’s boyfriend.

I really liked this book. It’s a super quick read! It’s the perfect choice if you’re too busy and want a book that will keep you hooked! This book definitely has a satirical tone and it brings to the table so many current and important questions. For starters, Braithwaite explores certain topics like family and ethical issues. If a sibling stabs and kills not one person but several, should we protect him/her? Or should we just go to the police and report the crimes? My Sister, The Serial Killer also portrays family roles in the Nigerian culture, emphasizing a disparity between siblings in terms of responsibility.  Then, it also approaches our behavior towards social media. I don’t want to give much away but I loved how this book ended. Such a bittersweet ending!

I’d like to thank Atlantic Books for this review copy.

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Summary

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

Book Details:

Publisher: Atlantic Books
Published on: January 2019
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Price: £12,99

4 stars

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