My Sister, the Serial Killer
As smart and murderous as Killing Eve, My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water...
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...more
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, but it takes a special kind of creativity and bal ...more
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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 irresponsible. Oh, also – did I mention she’s a sociop ...more
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 I mostly read in one sitting. And I was additionally ...more
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 night Ayoola summons Korede to her boyfriend's house. ...more
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 life being adored and indulged due to her great beauty. ...more
“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-minute contemporary, and oh so addictive! The story cen ...more
My Sister, the Serial Killer is a unique novella following the perspective of a young woman, Korede, living in Lagos, Nigeria. Korede is a nurse and seems to lead 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 and then calls on Korede to help clean up the mess!
"You're a big sister now, Korede. And big sisters look after little sisters." Apparently, this is ...more
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 the perfect black widow, beautiful and charming. She ...more
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 ...more
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 dealt with her in many wild situations. Korede is ...more
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. When Ayoola sets her sights on Korede’s secret crush, ...more
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 themselves at her. But....she's crazy and kills them ...more
Honestly, this book immediately drew me in, and has been rolling around in my head since its completion. Yes, it deals with two sisters, and yes, one of them is a serial killer. However, there is something alluring, something so sinister, and something that draws you through this short book to a conclusion that was totally bizarre, perhaps not understandable, and yet seemed to utterly fit.
Ayoola, the younger sister has a penchant for killing her boyfriends, while big sister Koreed, has ...more
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.
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 ...more
“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 ...more
Thoroughly modern and set in Lagos, Nigeria, this is a quick, enjoyable read that is dark, humorous and shows the bond between two sisters that stays strong no matter what....including murder.
Every man falls in love with young and gorgeous Ayoola, the minute they set ey ...more
I had hoped I would never hear those words again.
The most important word in the above sentences is again. Three times now Ayoola has "killed him." And, three times now, Korede has helped clean up the mess.
Korede and Ayoola are about as different as two sisters can be. As Korede puts it, . . . Ayoola looks like a Bratz doll and I resemble a voodoo figurine. Everything about Korede smacks of the utilitarian: her angular shape, and her take ...more
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, ...more
Korede is a nurse, who is obsessed with cleanliness. That is quite useful where her beautiful, younger sister, Ayoola is concerned, as she has now killed her third boyfriend. Indeed, Korede has become adept at cleaning up after such crimes, and disposing of bodies.
So begins this enticing, deliciously dark, novel. As the story progresses, we learn more about the characters, and why, perhaps, Ayoola – so enticing to men – just cannot see ...more
Thus begins Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer. The book has had an interesting history. It first appeared as an ebook in 2017 under the title Thicker Than Water. Publishing rights were then quickly snapped up by Atlantic and it was published, physically, with its new eye-catching title, at the end of 2018. And what a title it is. I must admit that it's what f ...more
THAT'S IT, THAT'S THE BOOK. (Also that whole article by the author is all kinds of amazing and you should read it. Preferably after you've read the book.)
LIKE I CAN'T BELIEVE I READ A 228 PAGES LONG BOOK, A DEBUT, AND FUCKING LOVED IT
My Sister, the Serial Killer is a bit of a mindfuck of a book with the only person who's really having any fund at all (while, ...more
I thought I might try a change of pace and something new for me with this FICTIONAL thriller titled, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Set in Lagos, Nigeria... Ayoola keeps knocking off boyfriends and calling her sister Korede in the night for help. It’s totally getting out of hand and becoming a real problem. Korede is a great problem solver in this instance, because of her job working in a hospital cleaning, she knows how to clean up blood great. ...more
“Victim? Is it mere coincidence that Ayoola has never had a mark on her, from any of these incidents with these men; not even a bruise? What does she wa ...more
Korede and Ayoola are sisters yet they could not be any more different. Korede is a dedicated nurse who puts others needs before her own. "Ayoola lives in a world where things must go her way. It's a law as certain as the law of gravity." Her selfishness is only eclipsed by her beauty. But Ayoola has a problem. Despite her charming ways with men her last three boyfriends have died by her hand. She has only gotten away with it because Korede always cleans up her messes. Literally. She ge ...more
My Sister, the Serial Killer is a fast, fun novel; it tells a dark story but keeps the tone light. Kored ...more