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As smart and murderous as Killing Eve, 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... 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... 'Feverishly hot' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 'Lethally elegant' Luke Jennings, author of Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle 'The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to' Marie Claire



Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersHumour Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 03/01/2019 ISBN-13: 9781786495976  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam. www.oyinkanbraithwaite.com

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This was my first read of 2019 and it was a 5/5 star read for me! Ordinarily, I wouldn't choose this book because it isn't the kind of genre that I tend to reach for. This year I wanted to broaden my choices in genre and I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this choice! This has become one of my favourite books of all time and I would really love if a follow up book came out to expand on the plot and characters. However, I don't know if this is because I struggle to read inconclusive endings that are open ended. I like to have answers rather than be left wondering but I suppose that is dependant on what style of story you prefer. I also loved that it was written by a woman of colour and contained characters who were relatable to many people. More of this should be around!

- 18/02/2019
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A clever, fast-paced and dark tale about sisterly love and murder. My Sister, The Serial Killer is an original and witty story about a selfless and stoical nurse named Korede and her alluring yet lethal younger sister Ayoola, who has a habit of killing her boyfriends. Set in modern-day Lagos, Nigeria, it is an edgy tale with razor-sharp prose, strong female protagonists and a brisk pace that kept me racing through the short chapters. The novel is both dark and light in that it explores a range of sinister yet thought-provoking themes while remaining a quick, easy and humorous read. Oyinkan Braithwaite's fluid and engaging writing style oozes confidence and respect; it is hard to believe that this is her debut novel. She is a talented new voice in contemporary fiction and is definitely one to watch. Highly recommended. (I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway)

- 18/02/2019
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Darkly comic, throughly compelling & refreshing original tale of a serial killing sister! Set in modern day Lagos, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is a short, slyly sardonic tale of two Nigerian sisters and the small matter of murder that threatens to come between them. At just over two-hundred-pages, Braithwaite’s look at sisterly bonds and family loyalty cracks along at a terrific pace and courtesy of deadpan first-person and older sister narrator, nurse Koreda Abebe, and her world-weary acceptance of everything from the Nigerian class system and gender inequalities, it really packs a punch. Expertly plotted, no-nonsense and meaningful chapters all either add to the family backstory or explore the complicated layers of the two sisters relationship. Can pretty girls really get away with murder? It certainly seems that breathtakingly beautiful and frustratingly capricious Ayoola can get away with most other things and her older sister, Korede, a responsible, hard-working nurse has become practically immune to it. From breezing through high school to being given an excuse for her flippant behaviour, no one can quite believe that Ayoola is related to physically gawky and rather staid Korede. But despite Korede’s growing bitterness, blood is thicker than water and when Ayoola phones her with the not entirely surprising news that she has killed a man (her third victim to date), a resigned sigh is Korede’s only response. Told entirely though the jaded Korede’s voice as she is summoned into clean-up mode she is also the one responsible for covering their backs and keeping Ayoola out of jail. But having met the last of Ayoola’s men to bite the dust, Korede is starting to worry that her sister’s familiar plea of self-defence is not entirely credible, especially when just hours later she has to clamp down on her younger siblings gleeful Instagram updates! For Korede, her diligence and professional attitude to the job that she has held for a year at St. Peter’s hospital is a much needed escape and despite her lazy fellow nurses, the sensitive and thoughtful Dr Tade Otumu makes her job wholly worthwhile. Dreaming of a romantic future with Dr Tade and living for the moments of his undivided attention, Korede uses the comatose patient, Muhtar, as a dutiful listener on whom she can pour out her stories of Ayoola’s murderous exploits and her own part in protecting her. But when Ayoola swans into the hospital and charms Dr Tade in the blink of an eye, Korede is forced to choose whose side she is really on and work out if saving one means sacrificing the other... Alongside flashbacks that explore the origins of the sisters behaviour with instances from their upbringing with a violent and bullying father, many of the chapters are moments of genuine situational comedy with the absurdity of just what Korede is faced with hitting home. Keeping their mother in the dark is an added source of tension and Korede’s vivid dreams of Femi, the last man Ayoola dispatched, make clear just how much her own guilt for protecting her sister weighs upon her. Whilst the ending may not be entirely unexpected for many readers and simply feel inevitable, My Sister, the Serial Killer is a satire that combines enough psychological suspense to keep the reader tearing through the pages and leave a satisfied smirk on the face! Highly recommended for a blast of dry wit, pithy moments of social comedy and musing on just where the burden of culpability lies and the extent of the sisters co-dependency. Without explicitly setting out to educate, the unexpected upshot of Braithwaite’s superior debut novel is how much it informs on aspects of the Nigerian culture, and everything from dress to addressing those in positions of respect. It also seems that regardless of country and continent, some things do remain, from the fascination with social media to gender imbalances and the class system having the power to antagonise! From Korede paying a bribe to traffic officials and speaking in broken English in order not to betray her “good” upbringing, these snapshots are telling insights into modern Lagos life. For such a slim volume I was impressed that the story did not skimp on depth and after such a bold debut I look forward to reading more of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s work.

- 06/02/2019
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect with "My Sister, the Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite but once I'd started to flick through it and read a couple of pages I was hooked and before I knew it, I was a third of the way through! Thoroughly modern and set in Lagos, Nigeria, this is a quick, enjoyable read that is dark, humorous and shows the bond between two sisters that stays strong no matter what....including murder. Every man falls in love with young and gorgeous Ayoola, the minute they set eyes on her. Fatally for them though, when she has grown bored of them she kills them and then calls her sister Korede to help clean up the mess. Crazy right? But with her sister a neat freak and a hospital nurse who better to call on to keep her secrets? This mad but exciting and thoroughly enjoyable read is addictive and has characters you can't help but endear to, both sisters have unusual qualities and the story was a pleasure to read. A completely original and unique premise that offers the reader a touch of humour to an otherwise dark and twisted tale, you can't help smiling at many of the quirky chapters and is guaranteed to have you turning the pages quicker than you can read them. If you're into intelligent, complicated and descriptive literary novels this won't be for you - this story is easy to follow with a simple storyline that's fast, enjoyable and leaves you feeling so glad that you've found such a fun read. 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

- 30/12/2018
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