I’ve had my eyes on this book for a long time! So I was super happy to see a copy in the bookstore I visited in Chicago and immediately bought it. The lady at the bookstore told me she loved it so I was super excited to read it. And this summer I finally did! Did it live up to my expectations? Let’s dive in!
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, quote, self-defence and the third mess that 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. 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 more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water...
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
“It takes a whole lot longer to dispose of a body than to dispose of a soul, especially if you don’t want to leave any evidence of foul play.”
The synopsis of this story has always intrigued me, as does the title. I think the title is what drew me in initially actually. A sister who has been cleaning up after her younger sister killed her boyfriends, sounds pretty dark so you know I’m interested haha.
The story is set in Nigeria. I don’t know a lot about the land or the culture and it was interesting to learn more about it through this story. The author lives in Nigeria so I’m assuming the representation is pretty good.
I love reading about complex female characters and especially their relationships. These sisters have a twisted relationship with each other for sure and it was super interesting to see the choices they kept making. We also get some flashbacks so you see the relationship develop into what it is now.
“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.”
The present day storyline isn’t really a mystery, it’s much more a look into the relationship between the sisters and what someone is willing to do for love. There was a little bit of a mystery in the flashbacks but it was pretty clear where we were heading from the beginning.
I don’t mind the lack of mystery at all. You just have to know what you’re getting into. I love it when a book makes you think about what you would do and this one definitely did just that. While I don’t have a sister, I do have a brother. Those relationships are very different I think but it was interesting to think about what either of us would do in a similar(ish) situation.
I also have to mention the writing style! The chapters were really short and I flew through them. I really enjoyed the writing, it was pretty straightforward and in a way that made me want to keep going.
This was a great read and one I would highly recommend. I would love to read another book by this author. Have you read this book? Or another one by this author? Let me know in the comments!