My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

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Book - 2018
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Nigeria. Korede's sister, Ayoola, is the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. One day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice, asking Korede for Ayoola's phone number. Now Korede must reckon with what she will do about her sister. -- adapted from publisher info
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385544238
Branch Call Number: FIC BRAI
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 20 cm


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Nigeria. Korede's sister, Ayoola, is the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome do... Read More »

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RCL_Jenna Apr 08, 2021

This book hits so many notes for me: an apathetic female lead, dark humor, sisterly bonds, murder. Did I just say I like to read books about murder? Yes, yes I did. Don’t @ me. Unlike other suspenseful novels with unreliable narrators, Korede is a straight-forward, honest narrator which allows the reader to inhabit her world to a greater degree. Her sister is a straight-up killer (who always cries self-defense) and Korede cleans up after her time and again. This delightfully dark novel is short and compelling. A great novel for people looking to wade into the darker side of fiction but don’t know where to start. Highly recommend.

Mar 30, 2021

Had to check this book out after reading Nikita-Kiran Singh's review of it in The Wandered. Was not disappointed.

Mar 16, 2021

What a fun, maddening read!

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

I actually really loved this story. My hatred of Ayoola is real and my frustration with Korede is overpowering. I just wanted to shake her the entire novel. Well written and definitely leaves you with a sense of unease and dissatisfaction, but in the best way.

Feb 23, 2021

It was a decent book, pretty fast-paced. The ending surprised me however.

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.

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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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