Full of biting dark humor, this week’s book of the week – My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite examines the relationship between two sisters, one of whom is possibly sociopathic.
About the Book
Korede, a nurse and older sister to the beautiful Ayoola, is conflicted. We meet her as she and her sister are cleaning up after Ayoola fatally stabbed her boyfriend. Korede is calm and methodical, and the reader quickly discovers that this is not the first but the THIRD time she has helped her sister cover up a killing. She thinks, “Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”
Ayoola, for her part, claims self defense (again) and immediately puts the murder out of her mind. Korede thinks that Ayoola should lie low, but that’s not exactly her sister’s style. Constantly posting conspicuously to social media when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend, Ayoola eventually visits Korede at work. There she meets Tade, a handsome doctor, with whom Korede is secretly in love. Now, Korede must try to protect Tade with out betraying her sister, because she knows what will happen if she doesn’t.
Set in Nigeria, My Sister, The Serial Killer looks at what it means to be a woman in Lagos, familial obligations, and the bonds and rifts between sisters. In less than 300 pages. Braithwaite managed to create two complex, realistic women. You see their history. You want to shake Korede for being so complict. Or is she being manipulated? Either way, you’ll keep reading until the end!
About the Author
Oyinkan Braithwait lives in Lagos, and you can feel it in her work. Currently a freelance writer and editor, this is her first novel. I while I liked the general plot, I LOVED learning more about Nigerian culture. I’ll definitely look out for her work in the future!
To wrap up, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read that isn’t just fluff. For last week’s review, click here!