My Sister, The Serial Killer

My Sister, The Serial Killer

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Realizing that her beautiful, beloved younger sister has murdered yet another boyfriend, an embittered Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from the family, until a handsome doctor she fancies asks for her sister's number.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385544238
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 19 cm


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Oct 09, 2019

Short size hard cover. Short chapters. Short pages. Short substance. Short ending. Long on hype. Glad I had a chance to see for myself. It was OK..

Sep 05, 2019

Short, slight and light. I do not know why this book is on the Booker long list.

Nicr Sep 02, 2019

"There's something wrong with her...but you? What's your excuse?" A tale of two Nigerian sisters: Korede, the angry, repressed, ugly-duckling one--our narrator--and Ayoola, the breezy, beautiful one who seems to have murdered several boyfriends. And now she's set her cap for her sister's crush. Dramatic events, short chapters and a terse, deadpan style set this novel barreling relentlessly and remorselessly to its conclusion. Pitch-black humor. A Booker Prize nominee.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This is truly a breakout year for debut Nigerian authors. First Tomi Adeyemi delivers the first book in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, and now Oyinkan Braithwaite brings to the table a wonderfully crafted family drama.

Despite its dark content, this book was an absolute delight. I often found myself imagining how I would react in the situations Korede found herself in. As someone with two younger sisters, I know how strong and complex the sibling bond can be. To further complicate the relationship, Korede and Ayoola’s bond is forged not only by love (more notably Korede’s), but by shared trauma. As Ayoola’s lifelong protector, Korede shoulders the burden of saving Ayoola from the consequences of her crimes. Ayoola herself is an interesting paradox because her exquisite beauty makes her both a victim and a perpetrator of extreme violence.

At times witty, and at times chilling, this book really had me questioning exactly how far I would go to protect the ones I love.

Jul 29, 2019

Apr 2019: Compelling, excellent, psych thriller, short

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "This is a very short book but every word counts. The story is gripping and the writing is sublime. There’s the additional enjoyment of getting a glimpse of life in Lagos, Nigeria, where the hospital is high tech but a man can still divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” The mix of different religions and cultures and old traditions and new social media enforces the idea that the world is unstable, morality is a moving target, and sisters should band together. "

Jun 01, 2019

A quick, fun read that asks where we should place our loyalties and is there a line we cannot cross?

May 30, 2019

The blurb for this book sounded really exciting, and the plot did move quickly, but overall I found it a bit annoying and I was unhappy with the ending.

May 15, 2019

It was a really great read but super disappointed in the ending! Don't read unless you have nothing else to do.

May 14, 2019

This is a work of fiction by a woman from Africa about her sister who kills her boyfriends. The protagonist then is left to clean up her sister's mess. It's a dark and interesting read.

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He once told me you had to feed the cow before you slaughter it; it was the way of life.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 26, 2019

I would be more at ease if the Joker were to smile at me.

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