My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
226 pages | Published Nov 20th, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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 they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
This was the first read for my Reading the Shortlist project, and I couldn’t have started on a better note! I listened to My Sister, the Serial Killer on audiobook, which is actually quite the accomplishment. This was the first audiobook I ever finished, since I usually can’t even pay attention to what is being narrated. However, this one had me hooked from the beginning.
In Braithwaite’s debut we follow Korede, whose sister, Ayoola, is a serial killer. She has a hard time dealing with this fact, and mentions how disturbing it is that her sister is, by definition, a serial killer, since she has killed three of her boyfriends – though, she claims, in self-defense. There is a little detail we should note, though: any time Ayoola kills, Korede comes to the rescue and helps clean everything up.
The author focuses a lot on the sibling relationship between Ayoola and Korede, which is an aspect that I very much appreciated. I have a little sister myself, and sometimes I feel the same way Korede describes feeling, so the story really resonated with me. Another aspect that I enjoyed in this read was the Nigerian culture, which is present throughout the whole novel. Furthermore, the audiobook narrator is Nigerian herself, so a true Nigerian accent is also featured in the audio version.
As I listened on, I was in awe of Braithwaite’s writing and how she would subtly weave in descriptions as she went on with the prose. Additionally, this book is filled with wit, and I laughed out loud at times. The author sure has a sense of humor!
Overall, this is an outstanding debut, filled with crime, wit, and family dynamics. I can’t wait to read whatever Braithwaite comes out with next!
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