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My Sister the Serial Killer

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 My Sister the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker and difficult to get out of the carpet than wat. Now that s what I call a damn good storyWow Where do I even start Firstly the story coupled with the setting alongside the characters all resonate at a level only a fellow Nigerian would understand Besides all that the plot itself is uniue the prose is crisp and evocative the characters multilayered Then there s that dry sardonic humour that Braithwaite sprinkles throughout the story that made me cackle out loud where I probably should have been appalled Additionally what Braithwaite does with the titular characters the ditzy yet extremely manipulative serial killer Ayoola and her long suffering perpetually angsty sister Korede is nothing short of magical Love love love

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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 uote self defence and the third mess that. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a 2018 Doubleday Books publication Genius That provocative title and amazing cover art certainly piues 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 acuired taste but it takes a special kind of creativity and balance to pull it off Dark humor and satire are often very subtle and if you aren t in on the joke it can sail right over your head It reuires a little effort from the reader too on occasion and that is the case with this bookFamily is supposed to help one another out right Set in Nigeria amid a corrupt system of law and order Korede is forever coming to the aid of her beautiful but kooky younger sister Ayoola who has a bad habit of killing her boyfriends She always claims self defense but she s never injured and her conscience never seems to suffer Korede is a borderline antisocial nurse comfortable around her comatose patient to whom she bears her soul than with anyone else She has a crush on Tade a doctor she works closely with However when Ayoola shows up at the hospital to visit her sister Tade is immediately smitten with her So not only is Korede hurt emotionally with her sister s history with men to consider this development is uite troubling Deep down Korede is angry jealous of her beautiful favored sister but she always comes to her rescue Ayoola is self absorbed flaunting her beauty and appears not to notice the stress and strain she causes Korede Both sisters are flawed with abominable character traits but at the same time they both managed to inconceivably elicit sympathy from me The author creates a uniue brand of suspense an ever present sense of dread while toying with the readers emotions The social commentary could be at the core of the story perhaps playing a key role in the sisters pathos I cannot imagine her resorting to stabbing if that particular knife were not in her hand almost as if it were the knife and not her that was doing the killing But then is that so hard to believe Who is to say that an object does not come with its own agenda Or that the collective agenda of its previous owners does not direct its purpose still There s much to ponder on in this amazing debut novel Kordede s stoic inner thoughts stole the show for me though The story is meant to be dark meant to be taken seriously but so sardonic it is morbidly funny at times But one thing is for certain this author has done an incredible job creating these wickedly entertaining characters adding rich layers to the story while keeping the prose pointed and sharp even minimal and still manages to add the rarity of humor into the mix with perfect balance and poise I simply could not tear my eyes off the pages It is also a rarity for me to say I liked a book better than I thought I would but this one caught me completely off guard Overall I am mightily impressed with this stunning but unsettling debut and yes it deserves the kudos

Oyinkan Braithwaite Í 7 summary

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. She killed him on the first strike a jab straight to the heart But then she stabbed him twice to be sure He sank to the floor She could hear her own breathing and nothing else A line like that is enough to grip the reader and their attention into a disturbing read of a serial killer and her sister Being transported to Nigeria where the sister of a nurse has just called her letting her know she has killed another one of her boyfriends is without a doubt something disturbing I would be up for reading Unfortunately the plot of that took a different turn and did not live to its praise I strongly feel like I m on the minority here but the author did not manage to make me laugh at the humor and I did not find anything disturbing besides the beginning Oyinkan Braithwaite starts off the book in an effective way We meet Korede who is a nurse caring for her patients in charge of other nurses and is pretty fond of cleaning up after the mess of her sister who has killed two of her boyfriends When she is interrupted one night by her sister she knows what it s about her sister has killed another boyfriend Femi She didn t know much about him besides the fact that he wrote poetry and was with Korede s sister Ayoola for one month Korede is of course on her way to her sister to clean up the mess With the practice she had with Ayoola s other boyfriends Korede can dispose of the body of Femi clean up the room and make it seem like nothing ever happened for there to be no suspicion Set up with bleach gloves soap brushes and other euipment Korede wants her sister to stop but she s her sister after all so she needs to lean on her side That is until Ayoola begins a relationship with the doctor Korede herself has had a crush on for a long timeSee Ayoola and Korede are dramatically different Ayoola is flirtatious witty and is known as the beauty of the family and she knows it She can walk into a room where everyone will lay their eyes on her whereas Korede is dedicated to her work has not been in a relationship and is not like her sister curvaceous with luscious hair getting what she wants when she wants it When Tade asks Ayoola for her sister s number she can t feel anything but anger and jealousy As she tries her best to hide it she fakes her happiness and smiles and although sometimes her rudeness is apparent she continues her work as a nurse even when the most unexpected turn of events come into play Unknown who to talk to Korede feels close to a patient who has been in a coma for a very long time now expected to die one day His family has not visited him in a long time so Korede feels like its right for her to care for him since no one else will Although this patient is in a coma Korede didn t expect him to remember everything she has told him including the darkest secret she is hiding from everyone The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces they force us to destroy the person we really are a subtle kind of murder Oyinkan Braithwaite started the novel strongly The title itself is exciting and something a thriller fan would want to pick up On another note there are a few tiny things I can point out that Oyinkan did well For example although the novel is very short little and each chapter s pacing is uick she gives us enough information to understand the reasons behind the actions of both sisters Ayoola and Korede Through flashbacks and memories recalled and told by Korede we learn a little about how their father was what their mother went through and how all three survived those tough times Some of Ayoola s actions such as being flirty and a selfish beauty at times we learn that she became like this due to some of the trauma she received when she was little Korede on the other hand always helped her sister and looked out for her which is why she always feels like she needs to be the older sisterI personally think the author did a good job of portraying the flaws of the family especially the sisters When you have a sibling the moments of comparison always rise Personally I would always follow my brother being a little follower and helper always looking up to him I thought he was the greatest and smartest person out there Ayoola and Korede are like this and it s shown a lot Korede constantly gets jealous and angry and that is something that is common around siblings Aside from Korede it was also obvious that Ayoola needed her sister and not only to clean up her mess Although Ayoola s personality got in my nerves a lot I can see why else she would need her older sister She was the younger one but she was also being saved by Korede and she would always be the one blamed for everything With that being said this was the only thing I actually liked about the book Although there are a couple of other things I didn t like related to the sisters the flaws felt real and refreshing especially because we got to see why this family is basically unable to communicate with each other The book is labeled as a disturbing thriller but there is nothing thrilling nor disturbing in this It felt like I was just reading out of pure boredom Said to be disturbing the novel does nothing but disturb you in the beginning The title and synopsis can also be uite misleading We know that Ayoola has killed before and when she calls her sister for help we know that this is her third boyfriend that she has killed Not to be a violent person but after reading that I really thought there was going to be violence I really thought Ayoola was going to be a serial killerassassinmurderer I think the fantasy has gotten to me Femi makes three you know Three and they label you a serial killer I think what bothered me the most from this was how I thought this would be a thriller but there is nothing teeth shattering and fist clenching about My Sister the Serial Killer I didn t get it didn t get the satire the dark humor the psychological emotions and feelings I didn t feel anything towards anyone or anything besides neutrality In fact I m confused as to what about this is actually funny and satirical Perhaps I missed it after reading out of pure boredom when I was trying to just finish thisAll characters made it to the point where I was actually fist clenching and teeth shattering because of how bored and uninterested I was in everything Both sisters are selfish because they both cared about themselves only Although it may not seem that way on Korede s perspective it s noted when she gets angry and jealous over the fact that her sister has begun dating the man she s in love with On the other hand Ayoola would only call Korede when she needed her help show up to her work when she was working and would always bother her even when it was obvious that Korede wanted nothing from her The other characters well the only one I liked what Muhtar He was in a coma but his brain was still proceeding so he remembered everything that Korede told him He was sweet sympathetic and kept her and her sister s secret safe It was sad to see that the only person who truly cared for him was Korede since his family was also selfish as they only cared about themselves Tade was only interested in Ayoola because she was so beautiful and that made her special The mother also praised Ayoola too much lying wishing for Tade and Ayoola to get married already Information from the nurses and workers was unknown but from what is known they were all lazy and unproductive compared to KoredeAfter all the events I wish Korede would have had some character development I wish she had sided with herself instead of her sister The whole Older sisters look up for their younger sisters was utter bullshit and I had hoped Korede would have seen that In the end Korede made a decision that I think she should have thought through and I mean throughI understand now that My Sister the Killer is about sisterhood and who should believe who but I wish there was to it 226 pages were not enough and the small chapters didn t make it any different Although this was not something I usually read I was hoping it would get me on the track of reading something similar but it failed in doing everything it promised humoring and shocking me She cries for her youth her missed opportunities and her limited options She does not cry for me she cries for herself

10 thoughts on “My Sister the Serial Killer

  1. says:

    OMG This is dark This is incredibly funny entertaining This is wild This is incredibly smart sarcastic and sardonic Why did I wait too

  2. says:

    Clever novel about two sisters one of whom is a serial killer the other the resentful yearning enabler The satirical bent works reall

  3. says:

    My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a 2018 Doubleday Books publication Genius That provocative title and amazing c

  4. says:

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  5. says:

    Femi makes three you know Three and they label you a serial killer In case you haven't noticed Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Si

  6. says:

    She killed him on the first strike a jab straight to the heart But then she stabbed him twice to be sure He sank to the floor She co

  7. says:

    Now that’s what I call a damn good storyWow Where do I even start? Firstly the story coupled with the setting alongside

  8. says:

    Set in Nigeria My Sister the Serial Killer follows dependable Korede and her younger sister Ayoola who oops occasionally murders people Braithwaite's debut ranges from wry and macabre to predicable and stale She lures her

  9. says:

    Honestly I had fun thinking about me and my sisters forming an elite team of serial killers than I did reading thisI will never und

  10. says:

    definitely overhyped but i actually enjoyed this than i thought i wouldthis is a super short fast paced novel and due to its length and pacing there really is no opportunity for complex characterisation both korede and ayoola feel very one dimensional and do not live up to the dichotomy their characters are meant to represent there is a decent foundation present in this story but lacks impressive building what i did enjoy was the writing

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