My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

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
0385544235
Branch Call Number: FIC BRAI
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 20 cm

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RueK
Jul 10, 2020

Mostly fluff. Lacked depth in the characters. Predictable in story. Quick read though, if you want something light to pound out.

WPL_Najeeba Jun 08, 2020

This was a quick read, pretty high-paced and entertaining. The author did a great job of portraying the balance between sibling rivalry with a need to protect one's siblings - either because of a feeling of responsibility or sheer love for them. The best part of the book is the moral predicament that the main character Korede finds herself in after discovering that Ayoola has murdered again. The end was a little bit abrupt for me.

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FloraWest
Jun 05, 2020

Quick, dark, witty. Good summer read if you enjoy this genre.

CALS_Lee Apr 29, 2020

Raised by an abusive father, the younger and irresponsible sister finds herself incapable of having a relationship without murdering the man, and her duty bound elder sister feels resigned to helping clean up the mess, most literally. Somewhere between drama and black comedy, it’s a quick and fun read with a couple of memorable and well done characters.

JCLJENNYT Mar 20, 2020

This book flew by, Braithwaite's writing style is super engaging and its easy to connect with Korede and even to some degree empathize with said serial killer sister Ayoola. Ayoola has somewhat of a manic pixie dream girl vibe to her which mixed with serial killer made me think of Villanelle from "Killing Eve".
What I really liked about this book was the comment on how these men just want Ayoola for her pretty face and it doesn't really matter about what's going on with her internally. Even Tade the character framed by Korede as being the ideal guy falls into the same trope.
Another question the book brings up is who is more at fault, Ayoola the girl committing the murders but clearly isn't right in the head or Korede who knowing it's wrong covers up her sister's mistakes time and time again. As someone with a sister its easy for me to understand the unconditional love that comes with that bond but I don't know if I could go along with her killing people. Braithwaite does a great job with subverting the serial killer thriller genre.
Now what I didn't like was this book I know was short but at the same time it didn't seem like it fully came to a head. The climax fell flat for me. I wish that we got more of what was going on with their father because that part of the narrative didn't feel fully developed.
Overall I would recommend this book because I think that it was a pretty decent story and the characters were interesting and well written and it is a quick read.
Really awesome to see more Nigerian writers entering the main stream.

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BioCook
Mar 13, 2020

Quick, engrossing read about a twisted relationship between sisters. It was a fun book for a day in!

Groszerita Feb 29, 2020

Dark and quick read.

Where does loyalty end when it comes to family? Is murder or several murders an ending to a relationship? Should family always back family up?

CCPL_Carly Jan 15, 2020

With dark humor and a unique premise, this quick read is both disturbing and fascinating. Korede’s honest examination of her sister, and how she came to be what she is, will immerse readers in her moral dilemma. Addictive and surprisingly relevant, this debut novel might appeal to readers of psychological suspense.

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kaprice01
Dec 31, 2019

Very fast read. Predictable tropes but satisfying. Recommend!

AndreaG_KCMO Dec 09, 2019

I appreciated the unusual plot premise, the careful unfolding of backstory, the setting details, and introspective but humorous narration. I struggled to understand the narrator's response to the string of murders until the last few illuminating chapters and was left contemplating my own sibling relationships. Overall a quick and fun read.

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