My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer

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...


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TitleMy Sister, the Serial Killer
ISBN9780385544238
Author
Release DateNov 20th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary, Crime, Audiobook
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Reviews My Sister, the Serial Killer

  • Roxane
    2018-10-24
    Clever novel about two sisters, one of whom is a serial killer, the other the resentful, yearning enabler. The satirical bent works really well here because it walks that fine line of being, given the contretemps, entirely plausible. Interesting observations about social media, men and what they want, and women who see right through them. Well worth a read.
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    2019-11-30
    OMG! This is dark! This is incredibly funny, entertaining! This is wild! This is incredibly smart, sarcastic and sardonic! Why did I wait too long? (Bang! Bang! Bang! Nope, I didn’t hit my head against the wall, this time my husband practiced his squash training with my head using oranges! I think I’m going to punch him so bad after his practice’s finishing!)So let’s take a look at this provocative, unique, mind bending and hilarious crim...
  • Julie
    2019-01-19
    My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a 2018 Doubleday Books publication. Genius! That provocative title and amazing cover art certainly piques one's curiosity. Noticing all the positive reactions the book received, I just had to see for myself if it was worth all the kudos. Well, I have to say, this is my kind of book!! Seriously, I really, really, really love satire and dark humor. I do understand it is often an acquired taste,...
  • Miranda Reads
    2019-10-11
    CLICK HERE for a Booktube Video about:Ten Fabulous Book Reviews and One That Will Make You Go - doesn't that belong to Miranda Reads?Now that you know this one made the list check the video review to see the rest (and find the stolen surprise)! The Written Review 4.5 stars It’s because she is beautiful, you know. That’s all it is. They don’t really care about the rest of it. She gets a pass at life. Ayoola, the beautiful, younger sister...
  • Felice Laverne
    2018-11-18
    Femi makes three, you know. Three, and they label you a serial killer. In case you haven't noticed, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer has been taking the social media scene by storm the past few weeks. And I get it; the cover art is (pardon my pun) killer and the title exudes a certain titillation that will make a reader quickly reach for the book on the shelf. For me, My Sister, the Serial Killer, was an easy, brisk read that ...
  • elena
    2019-06-08
    She killed him on the first strike, a jab straight to the heart. But then she stabbed him twice more to be sure. He sank to the floor. She could hear her own breathing and nothing else. A line like that is enough to grip the reader and their attention into a disturbing read of a serial killer and her sister. Being transported to Nigeria, where the sister of a nurse has just called her letting her know she has killed another one of her boyfrien...
  • Bibi
    2019-01-26
    Now, that’s what I call a damn good story!Wow. Where do I even start? Firstly, the story, coupled with the setting, alongside the characters, all resonate at a level only a fellow Nigerian would understand. Besides all that, the plot itself is unique, the prose is crisp and evocative; the characters, multilayered. Then there’s that dry sardonic humour that Braithwaite sprinkles throughout the story that made me cackle out loud where I probabl...
  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-03-08
    Set in Nigeria, My Sister, the Serial Killer follows dependable Korede and her younger sister, Ayoola, who - oops - occasionally murders people. Braithwaite's debut ranges from wry and macabre to predicable and stale. She lures her audience with two striking opening lines, and the first few chapters promise a sinster tale of deadpan humor and sly coverups, but the book quickly succumbs to familiar tropes: the beautiful, can-do-nothing-wrong young...
  • jessica
    2020-06-10
    definitely overhyped, but i actually enjoyed this more than i thought i would.this is a super short, fast-paced novel. and due to its length and pacing, there really is no opportunity for complex characterisation. both korede and ayoola feel very one-dimensional and do not live up to the dichotomy their characters are meant to represent. there is a decent foundation present in this story, but lacks impressive building. what i did enjoy was the wr...
  • megs_bookrack
    2018-11-17
    **3.5-stars rounded up**A unique novella following the perspective of a young woman, Korede, living in Lagos, Nigeria.Korede is a nurse and initially it seems she lives a fairly normal life; she is on the straight and narrow, if you will. Normal, until you discover that Korede's younger sister, Ayoola, kills all of her boyfriends.I'm speaking literally. She kills them and then calls Korede to clean up the mess.You're a big sister now, Korede. And...
  • Larry H
    2018-11-23
    "I can't pinpoint the exact moment I realized that Ayoola was beautiful and I was...not. But what I do know is that I was aware of my own inadequacies long before."Korede is a nurse in Nigeria, dedicated to her patients and well-respected by her superiors. But no matter what her achievements are, she knows she'll always play second fiddle to her younger sister, Ayoola. Ayoola is the pretty one, the favorite—and she's a psychotic murderer.One ni...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    2018-12-20
    4, the sisterhood of the traveling...serial killer stars!!!Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!I finished this quite a bit ago, so I’m going to do my best to remember everything I thought about this book. This is at it’s heart a story about two sisters, Korede and Ayoola. Korede is pragmatic, level headed and sensible. Her sister Ayoola, is none of these things. Ayoola is rash, beautiful, vibrant, the favored child and deeply irre...
  • Cindy Pham
    2019-12-18
    3.5 stars. I was hooked from the beginning of this book and loved the subtle, dark humor ingrained in Braithwaite's writing. I found the characters and sister dynamic to be super compelling, which incentivized me to read the rest of the story pretty quickly. Halfway through the book though, my interest started dwindling as the narrative ended up pretty straightforward. I wish there was more development with the plot points and relationships; this...
  • Adina
    2019-03-18
    4.5* rounded up. I discovered this novel by accident while I was browsing the longlist for Orange Women Prize. I had no intention to read any of the proposed books since this year I don't feel I have the time to follow awards but the title immediately caught my eye. After reading the blurb I just knew I had to buy it and I left everything else I had started for this one. I am so glad I did because it was such a pleasant surprise. I should let mys...
  • Robin
    2018-12-24
    This book reads like a bowl of popcorn. Fresh, light, hot and salty. Each very short chapter going down with a crunch, my hand already reaching greedily into the bowl for the next. It's so very easy to read - but it contains complexity that satisfies. All at once it is mysterious, funny, disturbing. The current of feminism-gone-awry runs through it. Family ties that strangle. Korede is the responsible sister. Ayoola is the serial killer. She's th...
  • j e w e l s
    2018-12-08
    FIVE STARS I LOVE THIS!!“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”Ok, truth here--this is not a suspenseful thriller, despite the enticing title. It IS a novel about family dynamics, love between sisters and loyalty to the ones that matter in your life. The minute I started this short, richly dark and funny book, I was HOOKED! It is elegant and lovely, all gorgeous words on a page. Set in Nigeria, very up-to-the-m...
  • Paromjit
    2020-03-06
    An unusual, fabulous, short, but cracking read from Oyinkan Braithwaite, at the heart of which is the dysfunctional relationship between two sisters set in Nigeria. In this entertaining, satirical and fun story, Korede is the elder sister, living under the shadow of her beautiful, selfish, murdering psycho of a younger sister, Ayoola, with men who flock towards her, finding her just so unbelievably irresistible. Korede, as a nurse has the skills ...
  • JanB
    2019-01-09
    If you appreciate dark humor with a side of social commentary this is the book for you! The novel is set in the author’s birthplace of Nigeria, and follows two sisters, Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola is beautiful, irresponsible, and has a habit of killing off her boyfriends. Korede is the older, less attractive sister who literally cleans up the messes her sister makes and protects her at all costs. Ayoola lacks self-awareness and goes about her lif...
  • Debbie
    2019-03-11
    Hot diggety, dog diggety, oh what you do to me…Oh what this book did to me!! Yes, I’m singing away as I bounce along on my pogo stick. This edgy little book is a favorite of the year and yes, it made my all-time-favorites list too! Oh brother (I guess I should say, oh sister). What a fantastic read this is! Smart, dark, irresistible, and so well written! I honestly didn’t want to start my next book because I wanted to keep the taste of this...
  • emma
    2020-06-28
    if she won't clean up the corpses of your sh*tty boyfriend, is she even your sister?review to come / 2.5 or 3 stars---------------brb, have to ask my sisters whether they're down to start a serial-killing team---i am spending this month reading books by Black authors. please join me!book 1: The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2: Homegoingbook 3: Let's Talk about Lovebook 4: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5: The ...
  • Anne
    2020-02-13
    Well, I think you kind of have to be ok with somewhat rooting for the doormat sister of a serial killer, who (quite literally) cleans up her messes for her.That? Most serial killers that we know about are predominately white and male, which is one of the things that makes it easier for the stunningly lovely Ayoola to go about her business, happily stabbing away.But her sister, Korede, knows. Or at the very least, she suspects that it is very unli...
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    2019-05-19
    4 Strong StarsI really enjoyed this story; but, most of all, I enjoyed the writing. Many people probably believe that longer sentences and flowery prose is the sign of good writing. And sometimes it is; however, I am always more impressed by writers who can write concisely and without any fat. In many ways, it's actually harder to write with such brevity. To have each word and sentence be meaningful and without filler or bullshit. To have what is...
  • Jen
    2020-06-16
    A breath of fresh air.This was one clever, quirky, quick read. The story takes place in Nigeria - love African ones. The young beautiful spoiled sister has a passion for killing her boyfriends. The older sister is left cleaning up her mess and protecting her. Until the one man she loves loves the younger sister. And like every romance, it turns savage.Such a delicious dark read. Not sure if it was just my copy but the last 10 pages were oddly ups...
  • PorshaJo
    2019-01-12
    How could you not be interested in this one? The title, the cover, the subject matter. I was sold immediately. I got the audio, rather quickly too from my library, and jumped right in.Two sisters. One a nurse, one a psychopathic serial killer. Korede works hard as a nurse. She is very frustrated, to say the least, with her sister. Her sister, Ayoola, is beautiful, she stops men in their tracks. Though, she is quite aloof. Men practically throw th...
  • Lucy Langford
    2019-01-24
    4**"You're a big sister now, Korede. And big sisters look after little sisters."Korede: nurse, responsible, plain, big sister.... and a meticulous cleaner. Ayoola: flirtatious, beautiful, reckless, selfish, a manipulator of men.... and a serial killer.Ayoola has killed before and each time, Korede has been there to clean it up. After the third kill, Korede wonders whether her sister did kill all these men in self-defense... but of course, she's t...
  • Jaidee
    2019-01-11
    1 star ! 2019 Read I was Most Afraid to Hate Award I found this mostly repulsive. In what kind of world is serial killing and psychopathy funny ?A feminist satire...my arse ! The one star is for the very interesting cultural and social setting.
  • Michelle
    2018-11-02
    This book is a complete gem and I enjoyed every moment I spent with Korede and Ayoola! Firstly, I have never read a book that took place in Africa...Lagos Nigeria to be precise and it made this book much more interesting for me. Korede and Ayoola are sisters. Korede is the sensible one that makes her living as a nurse and also cleaning up after her sister Ayoola. Ayoola is flighty, addicted to social media, but mostly Ayoola is beautiful. No man ...
  • Holly B
    2019-01-07
    Campy, weird, and off-beat I've struggled with how to review this oddly addictive book. I listened to the Audible version and the narrator was really enjoyable.  Her Nigerian accent added to the allure of the sister bond that was built into the plot and I loved how she pronounced their names, Korede and Ayoola.It isn't so much about Ayoola's little problem of killing her boyfriends, but more about the relationship of the two sisters and how she ...
  • Dianne
    2018-12-27
    Nifty debut novel for Braithwaite - and love that crazy book cover!Korede and Ayoola are sisters in Lagos, Nigeria. Korede is the older sister; sensible, practical, plain. Ayoola is the younger sister; flighty, charming, spectacularly beautiful. Ayoola has an unfortunate habit of murdering her admirers and depends on Korede to help her conceal her crimes. Only Ayoola doesn’t think of them as crimes, because Ayoola is a narcissistic sociopath. W...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-03-13
    Maybe more of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up to a 4 because I really enjoyed this! It wasn't quite as thrilling as I expected it to be, but I think that has more to do with the marketing than with the book itself. This was really unlike anything else I've ever read and I cannot wait to hopefully read more from Braithwaite in the future.