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Book Thoughts: My Sister, The Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite)

Braithwaite, Oyinkan - My Sister, The Serial Killer


Title: My Sister, The Serial Killer
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First published: 2018
Edition: paperback, published by Atlantic Books in 2019

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.

For a shortish novel, this sure packs a nice punch!

I went into reading this book, fully expecting to love it after seeing so many raving reviews about it from people I trust! Luckily, it completely lived up to my expectations.

This novel is sassy and original and I truly savoured every page. The chapters are short and snappy and it is easy to think you will just read one more, thus I ended up reading this within 24 hours, which pretty good for me and says something about how it kept me reading.

I liked how this novel is set up and told. It is not quite a thriller, not a mystery, but it does involve murder and I kind of love that. I also thought the characters were really well presented and the way they interacted was just so well written.

The ending did not quite hit the mark for me and I found it a tad predictable, but that did not bother me that much on a whole, as I simply enjoyed the ride. Did I mention it is set in Lagos, Nigeria?

If you are looking for a short read with a bit of sass and a likeable main character that does not always make the right choices, look no further. 

6 out of 7 stars

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