My Sister, the Serial Killer by Okinyan Braithwaite
Published by: Anchor Books on July 30th, 2019
Genre: Fiction, Africa, Contemporary, Mystery
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Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: Well, this took a different path then I thought it would! With a title like this I knew I had to pick it up without reading too much into it. As well, I’ve seen it across many blogs and outward facing in bookstores for a while.
The plot and characters of this story pack so many relationship, friendship and family dynamics and other themes around woman, marriage, and family in just over 200 pages. The story is told from the perspective of Korede a nurse who cleans up after her sister Ayoola when things don’t go as planned in her relationships.
The story really picks up when Ayoola sets her sights on a doctor and Korede’s hospital whom she has been infatuated with for ages. You keep flipping through the pages to see what happens between the three of them and if Korede is going to have to clean up another one of her sisters messes.
This was weird. This went places I didn’t expect and was also not what I was expecting with a title like this. Excited to pick up another book by Braithwaite.
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