My Sister, the Serial Killer
Satire meets slasher in this 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. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening.

My Sister, the Serial Killer Details

TitleMy Sister, the Serial Killer
Author
ReleaseNov 20th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
ISBN-139780385544238
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, Africa

My Sister, the Serial Killer Review

  • Roxane
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 can seem to resist her charm. Or, better yet, her 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 can seem to resist her charm. Or, better yet, her appearance. The thing is that Ayoola bores of her men quickly and when she's done with you she is DONE with you and she may even get a little stabby to prove her point. When Ayoola has these moments of murderous intentions it is Korede to who she calls to help. The always efficient Korede comes to save her time and time again. But what happens when Ayoola sets her sights on the doctor that Korede is infatuated with? You'll have to read it to find out. Oyinkan Braithwaite, I adore you and your humor. You made these characters come alive. And THAT COVER is perfection! I'd like to frame it and hang it in my house. My only gripe is the ending. It was very abrupt and I'm going to spoiler tag this (view spoiler)[WHO IS THE GUY AT THE VERY END? Another of Ayoola's conquests? Was it Muhtar? I wasn't quite clear on this. (hide spoiler)] 4 stab worthy stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for proving me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    "On their one month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to, of course." Braithwaite has written an exquisite dark tale about murder that bind two sisters together. I loved Braithwaite's sense of humor and sass in this mix of murder! Korede has always come to her younger sister Ayoola's side when she needs her even when it involves dead bodies upon dead bodies. The story starts out with a bang.... as we see already a murder that is being covered up by Ay "On their one month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to, of course." Braithwaite has written an exquisite dark tale about murder that bind two sisters together. I loved Braithwaite's sense of humor and sass in this mix of murder! Korede has always come to her younger sister Ayoola's side when she needs her even when it involves dead bodies upon dead bodies. The story starts out with a bang.... as we see already a murder that is being covered up by Ayoola and Korede. Talk about a kicker to this start of a novel! This story definitely packs a punch in this 180 page book! I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone that has an interest in human psyche, murder, and crazy characters! Overall, 4 stars for this unique and dark tale.Huge thank you to Doubleday and Netgalley for a copy of this arc in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date: 11/20/18Published to GR: 10/15/18
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Three, and they label you a serial killer.” Korede has always felt it was her responsibility to look after her younger sister Ayoola. Not only is Korede older, but she’s also the sensible one, the one with the good job. And while she may not be the “pretty” one – at least she doesn’t have a habit of murdering her boyfriends.Thus is the plot behind this compact little slice of fun. If you enjoy the stabby stabby over the bump and gri Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Three, and they label you a serial killer.” Korede has always felt it was her responsibility to look after her younger sister Ayoola. Not only is Korede older, but she’s also the sensible one, the one with the good job. And while she may not be the “pretty” one – at least she doesn’t have a habit of murdering her boyfriends.Thus is the plot behind this compact little slice of fun. If you enjoy the stabby stabby over the bump and grind while sitting poolside, My Sister the Serial Killer might be right up your alley for a fun little time killer.3.5 Stars because that cover deserves at least a half star all on its own . . . . ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
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  • Rincey
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars This was so much better than I expected. See me talk about it briefly in my May wrap up: https://youtu.be/ymb11Zcb248?t=4m36s
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    So happy to have received this - that cover...LOVE IT! This sounds like a unique, fun little tale and I am hoping to get to it by month's end. Sounds like a good October read!
  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    On their one-month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to, of course. Braithwaite has written a dazzlingly dark novel that pitches the blood of murders against the blood that binds two sisters, sometimes reluctantly together. With perfect pitch, she unrolls a story set in modern-day Lagos as nurse Korede is alarmed to find her serial-killer sister dating the handsome doctor with whom Korede herself has long been in love...One of the things I like about On their one-month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to, of course. Braithwaite has written a dazzlingly dark novel that pitches the blood of murders against the blood that binds two sisters, sometimes reluctantly together. With perfect pitch, she unrolls a story set in modern-day Lagos as nurse Korede is alarmed to find her serial-killer sister dating the handsome doctor with whom Korede herself has long been in love...One of the things I like about this is that Braithwaite doesn't hang around: when so many novels are padded full of waffle, this one gets to the heart of the matter from page 1. Not that that means this lacks depth: on the contrary, we're kept enthralled by both the 'present' story of what's going to happen in this oh-so unconventional love triangle, even while we're also intrigued by Ayoola's psyche and her complicated, layered relationship with her sister. Buoyant and generous, with a welcome dose of humour and some sharp points about gender and power, this is refreshing and intelligent, with a hint of Ottessa Moshfegh's trademark off-kilter storytelling - definitely a writer to watch.Many thanks to Atlantic Books for an ARC via NetGalley
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  • Jamie Canaves
    January 1, 1970
    It was even better than I wanted it to be!A deliciously wicked title for a deliciously wicked book that is equally smart in its tackling of women’s issues. Korede has always come to her younger sister Ayoola’s defense, even after Ayoola has left a trail of dead bodies behind her, but when both sisters set eyes on the same man, Korede’s defense of Ayoola’s murderous ways is going to get put to the test…Love future you and pre-order this title so you can soon thank past you for the awesomely thoug It was even better than I wanted it to be!A deliciously wicked title for a deliciously wicked book that is equally smart in its tackling of women’s issues. Korede has always come to her younger sister Ayoola’s defense, even after Ayoola has left a trail of dead bodies behind her, but when both sisters set eyes on the same man, Korede’s defense of Ayoola’s murderous ways is going to get put to the test…Love future you and pre-order this title so you can soon thank past you for the awesomely thoughtful gift.
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I saw the intriguing title of the book and the beautiful cover, I knew i had to read it. And I'm so glad I did!Korede and Ayoola are sisters. Korede is the older, sensible one and Ayoola is the pretty and reckless one. Sounds pretty ordinary so far, doesn't it. Except...Ayoola is a serial killer who likes killing her boyfriends and then calling her sister to come and help cleaning up. "On their one-month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to As soon as I saw the intriguing title of the book and the beautiful cover, I knew i had to read it. And I'm so glad I did!Korede and Ayoola are sisters. Korede is the older, sensible one and Ayoola is the pretty and reckless one. Sounds pretty ordinary so far, doesn't it. Except...Ayoola is a serial killer who likes killing her boyfriends and then calling her sister to come and help cleaning up. "On their one-month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to, of course." This was an entertaining read that I would describe as a black comedy. I think the book might appeal to a wide range of readers due its wit and great punch lines. "How was your trip?It was fine...except...he died." Many thanks to NetGalley and Atlantic Books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melanie (Perpetually Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    My Sister, the Serial Killer, was a fast-paced read that unexpectedly sucked me in.The story centers around two sisters, Korede (meticulous and calculating) and Ayoola (instinctive and a bit insane), and begins with Korede having to help Ayoola clean up yet another murder. We're left with finding out why Ayoola commits these murders, and how Korede copes with her resentment and jealously towards her sister. I particularly enjoyed this novel because every single character in the story hid who the My Sister, the Serial Killer, was a fast-paced read that unexpectedly sucked me in.The story centers around two sisters, Korede (meticulous and calculating) and Ayoola (instinctive and a bit insane), and begins with Korede having to help Ayoola clean up yet another murder. We're left with finding out why Ayoola commits these murders, and how Korede copes with her resentment and jealously towards her sister. I particularly enjoyed this novel because every single character in the story hid who they truly were from the other characters. Everyone is blinded by the show that they put on for one another, and the reader is left cursing each and every single one of them. Aggravating as it was to read this novel, it was definitely a page-turner, and it was oddly interesting watching the characters destroy/be destroyed by one another. This was a super quick read, and I'd definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the human psyche, crazy/irrational people, and murder.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    A slim, slow-burn of a suspense novel. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did it moves quickly and you can read it in a day without much trouble. This is one of those crime novels that starts with the clean up, but the big question isn't whether the sisters will get caught. It's not even whether beautiful, careless Ayoola will kill again. The question is why Korede cleans up after her. Of course, the book considers these other questions and most of the plot is built around them A slim, slow-burn of a suspense novel. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did it moves quickly and you can read it in a day without much trouble. This is one of those crime novels that starts with the clean up, but the big question isn't whether the sisters will get caught. It's not even whether beautiful, careless Ayoola will kill again. The question is why Korede cleans up after her. Of course, the book considers these other questions and most of the plot is built around them. But what I was really there for were the occasional flashbacks, the glimpses at the family and history that brought these women to the drastically different places they are. I could have used a little more of that, but this is still a smart and satisfying book.
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  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    January 1, 1970
    This cover appeals so much to me, I don't even know why, but is so stunning!💚💚Also that synopsis, WTF!
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    One sister murders, the other sister cleans up the mess. HELLO, I WANT
  • Valerity (Val)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Rachel (rachandbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."This book was amazing! Like, really, go ahead and preorder this one. Especially if you're interested in a tense modern noir full of murder and sisters and deadpan wit. It is such an impressive debut that will have you flipping pages as fast as you can. You won't regret it.My Sister, the Serial Killer, while on the shorter side, has SO MANY LAYERS to it. It's a sharp as nails and a darkly funny novel about a family going throu "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."This book was amazing! Like, really, go ahead and preorder this one. Especially if you're interested in a tense modern noir full of murder and sisters and deadpan wit. It is such an impressive debut that will have you flipping pages as fast as you can. You won't regret it.My Sister, the Serial Killer, while on the shorter side, has SO MANY LAYERS to it. It's a sharp as nails and a darkly funny novel about a family going through some stuff, to say the least. The eldest sister is Korede, a hardworking nurse who takes out her frustrations by cleaning everything in sight, and the younger sister, Ayoola, is beautiful, carefree, and has a tendency to... kill her boyfriends. While Korede, on the other hand, has a tendency to protect her sister and clean up her messes, bitter and resigned while doing so. When the doctor that Korede has a crush on shows interest in Ayoola, things get complicated quickly. What will Korede do? Who will she protect?The most interesting narrative throughout is the question most readers would have after reading the synopsis: why is Ayoola killing these men? And why does Korede keep helping her sister after it happens? Throughout the story, you learn their history together and come to understand some fundamental things about them individually and as a unit of codependent sisters. It's really a fun ride. You can absolutely feel the tension between the characters and it's fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through the book and read it in nearly one sitting. I found it incredibly engaging and intriguing to the point where you just can't stop reading until you find out what's going to happen next. And the ending stuck the landing. I loved it. My ONLY complaint is that I wish there was more. I was struck when it was over--I wasn't ready even if I loved how it ended.These sisters are something else, and I won't forget them! Part of me wishes I could read another book about them. *crosses fingers* I LOVE MURDERESS STORIES.Oyinkan Braithwaite is a phenomenal writer. Her humor is outrageous in the best way. Her characterization and tone and atmospheric writing are dazzling. I truly admire this edgy, fun and deliciously dark book. I cannot wait to see this novel flourish. I'm already looking forward to her next project.Thank you to Doubleday Books for providing me with an ARC!
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  • Lisa Cleveland
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Doubleday Books, and Netgalley for this arc.I really thought I'd love this book. It had some fantastic reviews on Goodreads. Turns out I hated it. I'm one of those people who have to have somebody to like and root for. I couldn't abide the sister's in this book. One bemoans her fate, and the other is a selfish, spoiled serial killer. One cleans up her sister's messes...ach! To hell with it. The book sucked. The writing was well done, and I'd read something else by this author. But, My thanks to Doubleday Books, and Netgalley for this arc.I really thought I'd love this book. It had some fantastic reviews on Goodreads. Turns out I hated it. I'm one of those people who have to have somebody to like and root for. I couldn't abide the sister's in this book. One bemoans her fate, and the other is a selfish, spoiled serial killer. One cleans up her sister's messes...ach! To hell with it. The book sucked. The writing was well done, and I'd read something else by this author. But, I need to like someone!
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAyoola's beauty and charm have made her spoiled.  She's used to getting everything she wants and that makes her sister Korede a little bitter.  Especially when Korede has to clean up her sister's murders. ...Wait, what? It's true.  Korede and Ayoola both suffered abuse at the hands of their father who is now thankfully dead.  So when Ayoola tells her sister that she was defending herself against a boyfriend, Korede rushes to help dispose of the body and all evidence to protect her.But t 3.5 starsAyoola's beauty and charm have made her spoiled.  She's used to getting everything she wants and that makes her sister Korede a little bitter.  Especially when Korede has to clean up her sister's murders. ...Wait, what? It's true.  Korede and Ayoola both suffered abuse at the hands of their father who is now thankfully dead.  So when Ayoola tells her sister that she was defending herself against a boyfriend, Korede rushes to help dispose of the body and all evidence to protect her.But then more die at the hands of Ayoola who swears self defense and there are more boyfriends to dispose of and messes to clean up for Korede, who is growing not only tired but suspicious.When a handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works as a nurse sets his eyes on Ayoola, Korede must deal with her jealousy and the fear of what her sister has become.This was a short book that packs a huge punch!  I would describe it as a slasher satire with heart.  The dark humor envelops the intense relationship between two sisters who have supported one another through childhood abuse at the hands of a parent.  Korede and Ayoola have extremely different personalities but are compelled to protect one another through some satirical situations, bringing the bond of sisterhood and abuse to the forefront of the story.I would've enjoyed more back story to further the character development but this was overall a wildly entertaining tale that takes readers to Nigeria with some brief cultural descriptions and dialogue that added to the setting I'm completely unfamiliar with.Many thanks to Doubleday Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  My Sister, the Serial Killer is scheduled for release on November 20, 2018.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Andre
    January 1, 1970
    If you are going to read this book-And I suggest you do-for the fun and frivolity that the title proposes, you will be very pleased. I was grabbed right after the first two sentences, “Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.” And three or so hours later I was basking in the enjoyment I had experienced by reading My Sister, the Serial Killer. It was such a crazy, frolicking joyride of time spent with the pretty Ayoola who has a pe If you are going to read this book-And I suggest you do-for the fun and frivolity that the title proposes, you will be very pleased. I was grabbed right after the first two sentences, “Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.” And three or so hours later I was basking in the enjoyment I had experienced by reading My Sister, the Serial Killer. It was such a crazy, frolicking joyride of time spent with the pretty Ayoola who has a penchant for killing her boyfriends. This isn’t due to any declared or diagnosed mental defect, indeed happenstance seems to be as major a culprit in her killing ways as any other explanation.Ayoola is not a pre-meditated kind of girl, she is simply an accident prone beauty. “Ayoola’s loveliness is a phenomenon that took my mother by surprise. She was so thankful that she forgot to keep trying for a boy.”Korede is the poor unfortunate big sister often left to clean up after Ayoola’s murderous mishaps. Korede, out of love for her sister is complicit in Ayoola’s strange and fatal interactions with men. Korede really has no concrete plan to stop her sister, though she is troubled enough to keep counsel with a coma patient at the hospital she works at, as a nurse. If you have to vent and confess, what better foil than one who can’t reveal any of your secrets, and you can’t really be sure he can hear you through a coma. When the doctor, that Korede is secretly crushing on meets her sister and quickly falls for her, Korede is concerned for his safety, she clearly understands, that his interest in Ayoola could be deadly. What’s a loving sister to do? So at the base of this novel, is sibling love and loyalty. Author, Oyinkan Braithwaite explores the question of how far one would go for a sibling? Does sisterly love override morality, ethics and the rule of law?There are several instances where Korede contemplates turning her sister into the authorities, but love conquers all, even Korede’s latent jealousy and envy. And as Ayoola once blatantly told her, “You can’t sit on the fence forever.”Quite a creative undertaking by Oyinkan Braithwaite, she obviously has a wild sense of humor and for readers who are humor-challenged this book will help you get laughed-up. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I’m smiling as I think of the possibilities. Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for an advanced DRC. Book will be published Nov. 20, 2018.
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  • Lisa Cleveland
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Doubleday Books, and Netgalley for this arc.I really thought I'd love this book. It had some fantastic reviews on Goodreads. Turns out I hated it. I'm one of those people who have to have somebody to like and root for. I couldn't abide the sister's in this book. One bemoans her fate, and the other is a selfish, spoiled serial killer. One cleans up her sister's messes...ach! To hell with it. The book sucked. The writing was well done, and I'd read something else by this author. But, My thanks to Doubleday Books, and Netgalley for this arc.I really thought I'd love this book. It had some fantastic reviews on Goodreads. Turns out I hated it. I'm one of those people who have to have somebody to like and root for. I couldn't abide the sister's in this book. One bemoans her fate, and the other is a selfish, spoiled serial killer. One cleans up her sister's messes...ach! To hell with it. The book sucked. The writing was well done, and I'd read something else by this author. But, I need to like someone! I don't know, but I'm pretty sure it's not just me who has to leave 2 criking reviews on one damned book. Goodreads needs to fix this shit. I reviewed this book on Netgalley, but it didn't show up on my yearly count. I know a lot of people care about their likes and stuff and I'll admit it tickles my fancy. But, I love knowing and remembering what I've read every year.
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  • Jack Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this!
  • Gail (The Knight Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I don't think I've ever read a book like My Sister, the Serial Killer before. It was an addictive read that I could not put down.We are ushered into the lives of two sisters with the opening line "Ayoola summons me with these words - Korede, I killed him." The tale spins on from there, describing the past and present of these two main characters that have formed a support system between themselves. Brathwaite provides snippets of the sisters' past along with com I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I don't think I've ever read a book like My Sister, the Serial Killer before. It was an addictive read that I could not put down.We are ushered into the lives of two sisters with the opening line "Ayoola summons me with these words - Korede, I killed him." The tale spins on from there, describing the past and present of these two main characters that have formed a support system between themselves. Brathwaite provides snippets of the sisters' past along with commentary from Korede (not the serial killer) RE her sister's destructive behavior, love lives, being the black sheep of the family and her father (a quite significant driving force in a lot of the sisters' life decisions.. or so a psychologist would argue).As a reader I became invested in the sisters' story and truly wondered where Braithwaite would take me. It had an interesting end, just a bit weaker than I would have predicted given the strong story preceding it. But still, I loved this book! It would make a great movie/series.I would like to thank Atlantic Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andre
    January 1, 1970
    If you are going to read this book-And I suggest you do-for the fun and frivolity that the title proposes, you will be very pleased. I was grabbed right after the first two sentences, “Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.” And three or so hours later I was basking in the enjoyment I had experienced by reading My Sister, the Serial Killer. It was such a crazy, frolicking joyride of time spent with the pretty Ayoola who has a pe If you are going to read this book-And I suggest you do-for the fun and frivolity that the title proposes, you will be very pleased. I was grabbed right after the first two sentences, “Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.” And three or so hours later I was basking in the enjoyment I had experienced by reading My Sister, the Serial Killer. It was such a crazy, frolicking joyride of time spent with the pretty Ayoola who has a penchant for killing her boyfriends. This isn’t due to any declared or diagnosed mental defect, indeed happenstance seems to be as major a culprit in her killing ways as any other explanation.Ayoola is not a pre-meditated kind of girl, she is simply an accident prone beauty. “Ayoola’s loveliness is a phenomenon that took my mother by surprise. She was so thankful that she forgot to keep trying for a boy.”Korede is the poor unfortunate big sister often left to clean up after Ayoola’s murderous mishaps. Korede, out of love for her sister is complicit in Ayoola’s strange and fatal interactions with men. Korede really has no concrete plan to stop her sister, though she is troubled enough to keep counsel with a coma patient at the hospital she works at, as a nurse. If you have to vent and confess, what better foil than one who can’t reveal any of your secrets, and you can’t really be sure he can hear you through a coma. When the doctor, that Korede is secretly crushing on meets her sister and quickly falls for her, Korede is concerned for his safety, she clearly understands, that his interest in Ayoola could be deadly. What’s a loving sister to do? So at the base of this novel, is sibling love and loyalty. Author, Oyinkan Braithwaite explores the question of how far one would go for a sibling? Does sisterly love override morality, ethics and the rule of law?There are several instances where Korede contemplates turning her sister into the authorities, but love conquers all, even Korede’s latent jealousy and envy. And as Ayoola once blatantly told her, “You can’t sit on the fence forever.”Quite a creative undertaking by Oyinkan Braithwaite, she obviously has a wild sense of humor and for readers who are humor-challenged this book will help you get laughed-up. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I’m smiling as I think of the possibilities. Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for an advanced DRC. Book will be published Nov. 20, 2018.
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  • JoScho
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a short thrill ride that I couldn’t get enough of. I wish it was longer because I was invested in the characters and didn’t want their story to end. Korede and Ayoola are sisters that support each other through all things-murder, hiding bodies, abuse. This is set in Lagos, Nigeria and one is a beautiful killer and the other a controlled nurse. Towards the end, I thought of Merricat and Constance and their complete devotion to one another. I loved this book. Thanks to Netgalley and t This book is a short thrill ride that I couldn’t get enough of. I wish it was longer because I was invested in the characters and didn’t want their story to end. Korede and Ayoola are sisters that support each other through all things-murder, hiding bodies, abuse. This is set in Lagos, Nigeria and one is a beautiful killer and the other a controlled nurse. Towards the end, I thought of Merricat and Constance and their complete devotion to one another. I loved this book. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this advanced reader copy in return for my honest review.
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  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    “I take a deep breath so as to not say anything I’ll regret. Ayoola is inconsiderate and selfish and reckless, but her welfare is and always has been my responsibility.”How far would you go to protect your sibling or loved one? It’s the question that is posed in this short new book by Braithwaite. As the oldest of three sisters I could relate with Korede. Okay, maybe not that my sister is a serial killer but that she felt the need to protect her sister. There were so many times I just wanted to “I take a deep breath so as to not say anything I’ll regret. Ayoola is inconsiderate and selfish and reckless, but her welfare is and always has been my responsibility.”How far would you go to protect your sibling or loved one? It’s the question that is posed in this short new book by Braithwaite. As the oldest of three sisters I could relate with Korede. Okay, maybe not that my sister is a serial killer but that she felt the need to protect her sister. There were so many times I just wanted to shake Ayoola. What a brat! Yet the ever faithful Korede stood by her side and cleaned up her messes.“First, they gather supplies.Second, they clean up the blood.Third, they turn him into a mummy.Fourth, they move the body.Fifth, they bleach.”I really enjoyed this bloody mess of a story and I loved how it all came together in the end. I would highly recommend adding this to the top of your fall reading stacks. 4 1/2 stars
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    Told mostly in fragments and compulsively readable, this book instigates a strong sense of foreboding right from the start. It was everything I had expected but not gotten out of a much-hyped summer thriller, Something in the Water, and the writing is similar to and on par with Stay with Me. Couldn't put it down.Korede is too often cleaning up her sister Ayoola’s messes, and for the 3rd time that mess is a dead suitor. Dark and cheeky, this short family drama is brutally honest in the complicati Told mostly in fragments and compulsively readable, this book instigates a strong sense of foreboding right from the start. It was everything I had expected but not gotten out of a much-hyped summer thriller, Something in the Water, and the writing is similar to and on par with Stay with Me. Couldn't put it down.Korede is too often cleaning up her sister Ayoola’s messes, and for the 3rd time that mess is a dead suitor. Dark and cheeky, this short family drama is brutally honest in the complications of sisters and how the corruption of Nigerian policing usually allows beautiful Ayoola to slip through the cracks, until now.Much thanks to Doubleday & NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    So, I haven’t read a ton of modern Nigerian Lit. Mostly because much of it seems to be very literary, and I’m no lit fic girl (the horror!).Instead, I like genre lit: thrillers, suspense, and horror (oh my!).So when I got a chance to read My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, I was right on it. And, oh, I’m so happy I read this.This is a delicious and devious little suspense thriller set in Lagos Nigeria. It’s sharp, suspenseful, and simply drenched in atmosphere.Setting aside our So, I haven’t read a ton of modern Nigerian Lit. Mostly because much of it seems to be very literary, and I’m no lit fic girl (the horror!).Instead, I like genre lit: thrillers, suspense, and horror (oh my!).So when I got a chance to read My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, I was right on it. And, oh, I’m so happy I read this.This is a delicious and devious little suspense thriller set in Lagos Nigeria. It’s sharp, suspenseful, and simply drenched in atmosphere.Setting aside our suspense thriller for a minute, the Modern Nigerian setting is wonderful. I really felt like Braithwaite put me on a plane and dropped me right into Lagos society. And rather than ‘literary puffery’ we got to see what it’s like for a single woman living there. So much more relevant than something your college professor might make you read! It’s cutting, contemporary, and even from my suburban living room, easy to relate to. Now, back to our Serial Killer. That was awesome! Edgy, fun, and I so much wanted to see what would happen next. I’ll simply say that the author thoroughly surprised me.I think this is her debut book, but I hope there are many more to come!*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog!I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This will be published November 13th!3.5/5CW: death, murder, child abuse, and hint at possible pedophiliaThis book was and wasn’t what I thought it would be. And it was a ride. I nearly read all in one day. I started it mid-afternoon when things were slow at work and for the rest of the day, I tested how far I got in it. And, boy did I get far into it.The story follows Korede, sister to This review can also be found on my blog!I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This will be published November 13th!3.5/5CW: death, murder, child abuse, and hint at possible pedophiliaThis book was and wasn’t what I thought it would be. And it was a ride. I nearly read all in one day. I started it mid-afternoon when things were slow at work and for the rest of the day, I tested how far I got in it. And, boy did I get far into it.The story follows Korede, sister to Ayoola. She gets a call in the middle of the night from her sister saying that something had happened to her boyfriend. It isn’t her first call like this either. No, it’s the third. In a row.And, as she has done for her whole life, Korede helps clean up Ayoola’s mess.Until it starts getting closer to home.It took some odd turns that I wasn’t that into, although I could see the literary merit of including certain scenes and subplots. However, for me, the story seemed to be about a sisterly relationship that is strained in the oddest of ways.I never really liked either sister. Ayoola was interesting but the usual psychopath. Not that interesting to me. Then, Korede also was interesting but, ultimately, I didn’t see any growth as a character.The plot was quick and easy. That’s why I rated it so high. Everyone else just fell flat and the subplots and some of the information the flashbacks introduced didn’t pan out or matter. I saw where it was going, but it never had a pay off.Good and fast plot, but I wasn’t in love with the story.
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  • Out of the Bex
    January 1, 1970
    THE BOTTOM LINEIn her debut novel, Oyinkan Braithwaite delivers a devilish tale of sisters and what it takes to truly test the blood-bond of family, questioning whether we can ever truly escape our fate with a wry wit and dark humor entirely her own. The short chapters in this 240-page novel make the pages fly by with ease and leaves the reader habitually whispering, “Just one more chapter…”VERDICT: Buy it4/5Full Review on outofthebex.comhttp://outofthebex.com/my-sister-the-...
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Oyinkan Braithwaite's writing style. I love short chapters and she was able to really use them effectively. I flew right through this book because I was never able to say "just one more chapter" and actually mean it. Full review to come.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Elegant yet campy, My Sister, the Serial Killer is poppy, frothy fun packed into a tight little book. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, the story begins with two sisters at the scene of a bloody crime—Ayoola, the younger of the two, has just murdered a third boyfriend, making her officially a serial killer. Her older sister Korede (our narrator) is bitter yet mysteriously resigned to this new reality, busying herself with the bloody cleanup job and her sister's social media postings. But things take a diff Elegant yet campy, My Sister, the Serial Killer is poppy, frothy fun packed into a tight little book. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, the story begins with two sisters at the scene of a bloody crime—Ayoola, the younger of the two, has just murdered a third boyfriend, making her officially a serial killer. Her older sister Korede (our narrator) is bitter yet mysteriously resigned to this new reality, busying herself with the bloody cleanup job and her sister's social media postings. But things take a difficult turn when Ayoola becomes suddenly interested in a handsome doctor at Korede's work; a man that, up until that point, Korede has been secretly pining for. Will he become Ayoola's next victim?The premise for My Sister, the Serial Killer is absurd, and the novel follows suit with its snarky prose and comic setups. My only quibbles are with the book's length and character development. It is such a little novel that it wraps up far before I was ready for it to, leaving several narrative threads still dangling. It is the perfect length for the beach or a lazy afternoon, but I still found myself enfolded in these characters. When they left me so soon I felt a bit stood up. Regardless, this is a fun read that looks at the ways that sisters both enable and protect one another, even if at the bloody expense of all else. It is well worth the ride.
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