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My Sister, the Serial Killer

af Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Krimi. Den smukke søster har det med at slå sine kærester ihjel. Den kedelige søster har det med altid at hjælpe med at fjerne dem og slette alle spor. Da den smukke søster udser sig den mand, som den kedelige er lun på, bliver søsterloyaliteten sat på prøve.
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Raised by an abusive father, the younger and irresponsible sister finds herself incapable of having a relationship without murdering the man, and her duty bound elder sister feels resigned to helping clean up the mess, most literally. Somewhere between drama and black comedy, it’s a quick and fun read with a couple of memorable and well done characters. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
Two sisters live together in their family home in Nigeria. Korede and Ayoola. The older sister is a hardworking nurse in a hospital and her sibling is a killer.

Ayoola is beautiful and manipulative and when things go wrong she calls her big sister Korede to help her 'fix it'. Korede has a crush on a doctor at work, but when he meets Ayoola and falls for her instead, it creates a painful wedge between the sisters.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite has a brilliant and engaging premise but I'll admit reading it was a little stressful. Ayoola's conduct was incredibly frustrating and I really felt for Korede and the complicated relationship with her narcissistic sister; seething with sibling jealousy yet bonded by familial love.

Braithwaite successfully ramps up the tension and it seems as though she took out all the stops to make the reader squirm. I don't recall squirming so much for the main character since reading Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater and wanting to shout out some pointed life advice at one of the characters.

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a quick read packed with dark humour as Korede must decide where her loyalties lie. Is she an enabler, an accomplice after the fact or her sister's willing victim? Will she choose family or justice? Can she choose both? The setting in Nigeria was refreshing and I enjoyed the scenes taking place in the hospital and in particular, the relationship Korede has with a coma patient.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite was popular when it was published in 2018 and reading it more than 5 years later, I can see what all the fuss was about. If you enjoy your domestic thriller light with a dash of black humour, you'll enjoy this!

And if you like books about sisters, check out my post entitled 4 Books About Sisters on my TBR (https://www.carpelibrum.net/2023/10/4-books-about-sisters-on-my-tbr.html) One down, three to go! ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Feb 20, 2024 |
Fast read about two sisters in Nigeria and how their lives are forever entwined for better or worse.

I’d characterize this as a dark Lifetime movie in book form where, for once, the men are not the villains.

Thumbs up! ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
I listed to this as an audio book.

My Sister, The Serial Killer is billed as a dark comedy. It isn't. It's just dark. Very dark. This short novel is about two Nigerian sisters, one is a shallow beauty and the other a no-nonsense nurse. One has a habit of killing all her boyfriends and her sister aids in the clean up. That's where the novel begins anyway. What follows is a family drama where the nurse is conflicted over what to do about her sister's "problem", especially as they begin to adore the same man. It's a sad story with a lot going on. Men are definitely not painted in a good light. No one is really. Looking forward to discussing in book club. The audio was a pleasure. Love the accent! ( )
  technodiabla | Jan 10, 2024 |
I have no idea why so many reviewers are categorizing this as a comic horror/thriller. It's not really about the serial killer or her victims, not a whodunnit or who-gets-it-next, but really more a gradual reveal of a complex sister relationship and the pull of family loyalties vs self. It's not really light reading, and it doesn't have a neat ending.

And despite none of the primary characters being particularly likeable, I was able to empathize with them all at the end, at least a little. I love it when a writer can do that. Even if Korede doesn't make all the decisions I wanted her to, in the end, I really felt her pain over them and understood why.

Also, this book is one of those rare exceptions: written in first person, present tense, but done so well that it absolutely suited the narrative and the style never intruded on my consciousness.

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Adepero Oduye's performance is outstanding. Definitely will seek out more books by author and narrator. ( )
  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
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Without aiming for a grand narrative or stuffing the prose with political history as Nigerian novelists are often tempted, Braithwaite entertains. Braithwaite does provide a candid take on under-discussed social issues but in place of grand commentary about the government and public life, she looks inward and forces a reflection on the problems of the family, and how families can distort people’s lives.
 
It’s strikingly original. Braithwaite sets the Offspring-like inner workings of the hospital, and an almost Mills & Boon style – sisters squabbling over the central love interest, the too-good-to-be-true Dr Tade – against a ruthless examination of a culture where Korede’s father beats his daughters and wife as he tries to sell Ayoola off to a local chief, who points out the 14-year-old girls he wants to marry with his bejewelled cane. At its heart is the idea of beauty and how far it can take you, how quickly it morphs into ugliness.
 
In one respect, it’s classic noir: actions have consequences that are inevitable – but the ending is worlds away from that bleak style, and the pitch-black humour, coupled with the sweltering heat of Lagos, gives a very different feel.
 
With a deadly aim, Braithwaite lobs jokes, japes and screwball comedy at the reader. Only after you turn the last page do you realize that, as with many brilliant comic writers before her, laughter for Braithwaite is as good for covering up pain as bleach is for masking the smell of blood.
 
Braithwaite leaves the reader wondering which of these two sisters is more damaged: the killer, or the killer’s faithful rescuer.
 

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