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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel (udgave 2019)

af Oyinkan Braithwaite (Forfatter)

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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." 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. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- "Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--… (mere)
Medlem:Rachel97
Titel:My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
Forfattere:Oyinkan Braithwaite (Forfatter)
Info:Anchor (2019), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
Samlinger:Skal læses
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The initial setup for the story was great - how do you deal with a sister who's a serial killer? - but it slowly devolves into a personal, angst-driven story about problematic sibling relationships and father issues. While these issues are handled quite well by Braithwaite, they weren't exactly what I was expecting. Also, the story doesn't do anything interesting or goes anywhere with the promising premise.

The characterization is good, especially Korede. The author expertly crafts the narrative from her perspective, giving us a biased view towards her sister and father. Initially, it seemed more of a rivalry, but it soon goes into jealousy and pride, marked with a dash of doubt. It would've been interesting if the author did something sneaky - like pull off a twist? - yet, as you might have guessed, Braithwaite goes nowhere.

I liked the depiction of Ayoola. She's the hot girl who knows she's hot, always getting what she wants. She has men groveling at her feet and can get away with anything. Anything. And that's where the narrator's perspective came into play. Even with Ayoola's flaws, the narrator does not seem to want to hate her, perhaps subverting our expectations from the book. And yet, there's a tension throughout, which, as you might have guessed, doesn't go anywhere.

It's a quick read, something that can be wrapped up in an afternoon. It could've been great, a memorable piece if the narrative had been bolder and more confident in carving its way forward. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Clever, witty and dark. Korede works as a senior nurse in a Nigerian hospital by day. By night, she is an unwilling accomplice to her beautiful, but murderous sister, Ayoola, by helping her dispose of the bodies of her boyfriend victims. I liked Braithwaite's characters, and was amused, especially when a coma patient, to whom Korede has confessed the crimes, suddenly awakens and Korede worries about what he knows. When the doctor Korede likes falls for her sister, she tries to warn him off, but of course, she fails, leading Korede to have to choose between the two. I think I prefer the original title, Thicker Than Water. 3.5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
suspense fiction - a fast read with short chapters and tons of suspense for fans of Gone Girl and other runaway bestsellers. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
3,5. Nice book to listen to, but nothing special. ( )
  tmrps | Jul 1, 2021 |
3.5 stars

Korede is a nurse in Lagos, Nigeria. Her younger sister, Ayoola, has managed to murder each of her last three boyfriends and Korede is always there to help her out. But when Ayoola sets her sights on a doctor Korede works with… a man Korede has a crush on herself, she needs to figure out what to do.

This was good. Short chapters and a short book overall, so fast to read. But I was certainly interested. The book also looks back in time at the sisters’ relationship with their father (who died ten years earlier). ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 5, 2021 |
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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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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." 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. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- "Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--

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