Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Published: November 20, 2018
My Copy Came From: The Overdrive App via my local library
Read Via: Kindle
My Like Level: 4 out of 5
Genre: Satire, Murder, Crime, Family, Africa, Contemporary
Book Synopsis from Amazon:
“Pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan…This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember.”–NEW YORK TIMES
“The wittiest and most fun murder party you’ve ever been invited to.”–MARIE CLAIRE
A 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.
Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.
This was such a fun book! It’s weird to say that a book about a serial killer is fun, but this totally was. It is smart, current, and very self-aware. The main character Korede is honest, and is someone very likeable. You root for Korede to find her voice, and at the same time you need to her to stay quiet so she can protect her crazy ass sister! This book has layers, it isn’t just a thriller or a creepy murder mystery. You know from the beginning who the bad guy (girl in this case) is, yet you don’t want her to get caught. There is a ton of family baggage here which is fun to unpack.
I don’t want to spoil this books unique story, so my review is going to be short. Bottom line, read this!! I know you will really enjoy it like I did.
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