Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer

Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him.

Between the book's title and its opening lines, you know what you're going into with this read.

Happily, there's no gore. No horror. So if you're squeamish, no need to worry. It's just a darkly delicious read that verges, knife's edge, on being funny but is also just realistic enough, razor blade thin, to be chilling.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Doubleday, 2018
Copy from public library

Our heroine, Korede, is serious, responsible, deliberate. Her sister Ayoola is gorgeous, irresponsible, and unrepentant.

Recently, Ayoola's developed a habit of killing her boyfriends.

The deaths all seem accidental enough, but Korede is worried. Her family weathered trouble and all Korede wants is to protect her sister and mother, do her job, and find love -- hopefully with the dreamy doctor at the hospital where she works. So when Ayoola notices that dreamy doctor, well...

I inhaled this read -- which should be made into a miniseries immediately, by the way -- in about a day because it really is un-put-down-able. I couldn't decide how I wanted the book to shake out nor who I was rooting for -- everyone is awful and fabulous in equal part.

This is an absolutely perfect summery beach read for the middle of winter!


  1. You've convinced me I need to get hold of this book.

  2. I really need to pick this one up. I'm not usually a fan of serial killers, but this sounds different and fun - in a creepy way.

    1. I'm a total wimp but as this was more about the relationship and not about gore and torture, it really worked for me. It's deliciously wrong!

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    1. This book is basically a novella -- it's about 220 pages -- and reads soooooooooo fast. It's great for a weekend when you want to entertained and feel smug about finishing a book.

  4. I'm excited to read this one!! It looks bananas bonkers, and I am INTO IT, especially now that I know you like it too. I love having the vote of confidence from you. <3