My Sister, ​The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Book Review

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Synopsis: “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.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.


Review: My Sister, The Serial Killer is a short but refreshing tale of murder.

Braithwaite wastes no time to capture the reader’s interest and succeeded at it. This is the story of two sisters -one of whom is the Serial Killer, and another will go to any length to protect her.

It starts with a cleanup. We see Korede who has arrived to clean up after her sister Ayoola knifed her recent boyfriend. It becomes pretty obvious that Ayoola will kill one of her boyfriends again, but the kicker here is “Why does Korede help her every-frickin’-time?”

My Sister is told entirely from Korede’s perspective, and we see moments from both past and future. It’s dark, funny, described as a satire and I would highly recommend it.

Since it is a short read, I kept my review short and sweet. Although the back and forth from past to present day was a bit confusing at first, I quickly sped through the book. You won’t be disappointed with Oyinkan Braithwaite’s writing either.

\\\ I received an advanced readers copy from Atlantic Books in exchange for an honest review.

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5

Author: OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date: December 2018
  • Paperback: 240 Pages

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