My Sister the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite – Thriller – 2018
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 “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 a doctor at the hospital 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…
Things I liked about this book:
I thought the best thing about this book was how believable it was. Despite being about a situation that I’ve never read about before, never mind heard of in real life, the prose made the story seem believable. Korede would speak about mundane things, and then it would be interjected by a thought of a man who her sister had previously killed, but in such a natural way.
I really liked that the book was set in Nigeria with a Nigerian family at its centre. Book lists are so full of Western centric books, and I never go out of my way to search for books that are diverse in location (I probably should do!) so to read something from Africa was a different experience.
The cover is gorgeous! I love the lime green font, and I just think the photo is great because she looks like a normal woman and yet there is something sinister in the sunglasses as if the character is hiding something.
Things I wish could have been different:
I feel like this book is neither plot nor character driven – it’s more like we are just looking at a moment in time for these characters. In a way that was great because it was a unique reading experience for me, but I do wish there had been some character development. The way we find the main character at the beginning and end of the book are very similar, and it feels like she hasn’t learned anything.
I gave this book 5/5. If you love fast moving, fun thrillers I’d definitely recommend My Sister the Serial Killer.