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My Sister, the Serial Killer

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  13,908 ratings  ·  2,543 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Doubleday Books
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Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clever novel about two sisters, one of whom is a serial killer, the other the resentful, yearning enabler. The satirical bent works really well here because it walks that fine line of being, given the contretemps, entirely plausible. Interesting observations about social media, men and what they want, and women who see right through them. Well worth a read.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a 2018 Doubleday Books publication.


That provocative title and amazing cover art certainly piques one's curiosity. Noticing all the positive reactions the book received, I just had to see for myself if it was worth all the kudos.

Well, I have to say, this is my kind of book!! Seriously, I really, really, really love satire and dark humor. I do understand it is often an acquired taste, but it takes a special kind of creativity and bal
Christina - Traveling Sister
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4, the sisterhood of the traveling...serial killer stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

I finished this quite a bit ago, so I’m going to do my best to remember everything I thought about this book. This is at it’s heart a story about two sisters, Korede and Ayoola. Korede is pragmatic, level headed and sensible. Her sister Ayoola, is none of these things. Ayoola is rash, beautiful, vibrant, the favored child and deeply irresponsible. Oh, also – did I mention she’s a sociop
Navidad Thélamour
Femi makes three, you know. Three, and they label you a serial killer.

In case you haven't noticed, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer has been taking the social media scene by storm the past few weeks. And I get it; the cover art is (pardon my pun) killer and the title exudes a certain titillation that will make a reader quickly reach for the book on the shelf. For me, My Sister, the Serial Killer, was an easy, brisk read that I mostly read in one sitting. And I was additionally
Larry H
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I can't pinpoint the exact moment I realized that Ayoola was beautiful and I was...not. But what I do know is that I was aware of my own inadequacies long before."

Korede is a nurse in Nigeria, dedicated to her patients and well-respected by her superiors. But no matter what her achievements are, she knows she'll always play second fiddle to her younger sister, Ayoola. Ayoola is the pretty one, the favorite—and she's a psychotic murderer.

One night Ayoola summons Korede to her boyfriend's house.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now, that’s what I call a damn good story!

Wow. Where do I even start?

Firstly, the story, coupled with the setting, alongside the characters, all resonate at a level only a fellow Nigerian would understand. Besides all that, the plot itself is unique, the prose is crisp and evocative; the characters, multilayered. Then there’s that dry sardonic humour that Braithwaite sprinkles throughout the story, causing me to laugh out loud when I probably should have been aghast.

Additionally, what Braithwa
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you appreciate dark humor with a side of social commentary this is the book for you!

The novel is set in the author’s birthplace of Nigeria, and follows two sisters, Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola is beautiful, irresponsible, and has a habit of killing off her boyfriends. Korede is the older, less attractive sister who literally cleans up the messes her sister makes and protects her at all costs.

Ayoola lacks self-awareness and goes about her life being adored and indulged due to her great beauty.
j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Ok, truth here--this is not a suspenseful thriller, despite the enticing title. It IS a novel about family dynamics, love between sisters and loyalty to the ones that matter in your life.

The minute I started this short, richly dark and funny book, I was HOOKED! It is elegant and lovely, all gorgeous words on a page.

Set in Nigeria, very up-to-the-minute contemporary, and oh so addictive! The story cen
Lucy Langford
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

"You're a big sister now, Korede. And big sisters look after little sisters."

Korede: nurse, responsible, plain, big sister.... and a meticulous cleaner.
Ayoola: flirtatious, beautiful, reckless, selfish, a manipulator of men.... and a serial killer.

Ayoola has killed before and each time, Korede has been there to clean it up. After the third kill, Korede wonders whether her sister did kill all these men in self-defense... but of course, she's the younger sister, of course it would be in self-d
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a unique novella following the perspective of a young woman, Korede, living in Lagos, Nigeria. Korede is a nurse and seems to lead a fairly normal life; she is on the straight and narrow, if you will. 'Normal' until you discover that Korede's younger sister, Ayoola, kills all of her boyfriends and then calls on Korede to help clean up the mess!

"You're a big sister now, Korede. And big sisters look after little sisters." Apparently, this is
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book reads like a bowl of popcorn. Fresh, light, hot and salty. Each very short chapter going down with a crunch, my hand already reaching greedily into the bowl for the next.

It's so very easy to read - but it contains complexity that satisfies. All at once it is mysterious, funny, disturbing. The current of feminism-gone-awry runs through it. Family ties that strangle.

Korede is the responsible sister. Ayoola is the serial killer. She's the perfect black widow, beautiful and charming. She
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This book is a complete gem and I enjoyed every moment I spent with Korede and Ayoola!

Firstly, I have never read a book that took place in Africa...Lagos Nigeria to be precise and it made this book much more interesting for me.

Korede and Ayoola are sisters. Korede is the sensible one that makes her living as a nurse and also cleaning up after her sister Ayoola. Ayoola is flighty, addicted to social media, but mostly Ayoola is beautiful. No man can seem to resist her charm. Or, better yet, her
Holly  B
Campy, weird, and off-beat

I've struggled with how to review this oddly addictive book. I listened to the Audible version and the narrator was really enjoyable.  Her Nigerian accent added to the allure of the sister bond that was built into the plot and I loved how she pronounced their names, Korede and Ayoola.

It isn't so much about Ayoola's little problem of killing her boyfriends, but more about the relationship of the two sisters and how she dealt with her in many wild situations. Korede is
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
How could you not be interested in this one? The title, the cover, the subject matter. I was sold immediately. I got the audio, rather quickly too from my library, and jumped right in.

Two sisters. One a nurse, one a psychopathic serial killer. Korede works hard as a nurse. She is very frustrated, to say the least, with her sister. Her sister, Ayoola, is beautiful, she stops men in their tracks. Though, she is quite aloof. Men practically throw themselves at her. But....she's crazy and kills them
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Honestly, this book immediately drew me in, and has been rolling around in my head since its completion. Yes, it deals with two sisters, and yes, one of them is a serial killer. However, there is something alluring, something so sinister, and something that draws you through this short book to a conclusion that was totally bizarre, perhaps not understandable, and yet seemed to utterly fit.

Ayoola, the younger sister has a penchant for killing her boyfriends, while big sister Koreed, has
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
Nifty debut novel for Braithwaite - and love that crazy book cover!

Korede and Ayoola are sisters in Lagos, Nigeria. Korede is the older sister; sensible, practical, plain. Ayoola is the younger sister; flighty, charming, spectacularly beautiful. Ayoola has an unfortunate habit of murdering her admirers and depends on Korede to help her conceal her crimes. Only Ayoola doesn’t think of them as crimes, because Ayoola is a narcissistic sociopath. When Ayoola sets her sights on Korede’s secret crush,
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was tremendous fun from start to finish. Sure, certain elements could have withstood a bit more depth and detail, and it's destined to disappoint anyone expecting a proper thriller, but for a quick and pacy character study it was extremely satisfying. Braithwaite toes the line between satire and realism so deftly that you manage to get properly invested in these sisters even as their actions shock and horrify.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 star !

I found this mostly repulsive. In what kind of world is serial killing and psychopathy funny ?

A feminist arse !

The one star is for the very interesting cultural and social setting.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"On their one month anniversary, she stabbed him in the bathroom of his apartment. She didn't mean to, of course."

Braithwaite has written an exquisite dark tale about murder that bind two sisters together. I loved Braithwaite's sense of humor and sass in this mix of murder!

Korede has always come to her younger sister Ayoola's side when she needs her even when it involves dead bodies upon dead bodies. The story starts out with a bang.... as we see already a murder that is being covered up by Ay
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, poc-author
4.5 stars This was so much better than I expected.

See me talk about it briefly in my May wrap up:
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“Three, and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede has always felt it was her responsibility to look after her younger sister Ayoola. Not only is Korede older, but she’s also the sensible one, the one with the good job. And while she may not be the “pretty” one – at least she doesn’t have a habit of murdering her boyfriends.

Thus is the plot behind this compact little slice of fun. If you enjoy the stabby stabby over the bump and gri
Umut Reviews
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, it's true that this book is marketed so well , and has a very striking title and cover, which will grab your attention immediately. I was one of these people, who was beaten by this curiosity.
While this book is a quick, fun read, I don't think the blurb is entirely correct.
I was expecting this book to be darker, but in a humorous way. I was also expecting it to be about the sister being a serial killer, more. However, it reads like more of a contemporary to me.

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut
Lark Benobi
Update: Powells Books has listed this novel in their "Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of 2018". So Powell's evidently thinks this novel is "Horror." Not farce. Not feminist satire. I agree with Powell's. The lightness of the novel, physically and semantically, makes it easy to forget that it is fundamentally a horror story, and the tension between the lighthearted writing style and the horrific story is what made this such an unsettling read for me.

original review:

Miriam Smith
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readers-first
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 ey
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
My thanks to Doubleday Books, and Netgalley for this arc.
I really thought I'd love this book. It had some fantastic reviews on Goodreads. Turns out I hated it. I'm one of those people who have to have somebody to like and root for. I couldn't abide the sister's in this book. One bemoans her fate, and the other is a selfish, spoiled serial killer. One cleans up her sister's messes...ach! To hell with it. The book sucked. The writing was well done, and I'd read something else by this author. But,
Audio – 5 stars. The narrator was incredible. She totally had the deadpan thing down pat. I had to mask so much of my laughter with fake coughing because I was listening at work.

Story - 3.5 stars

It was entertaining but not what I was expecting. I see the word serial killer in a title, and I expect a lot of bloody/violent scenes, disturbing thoughts and/or some level of suspense, but they were minimal.

As stated in the blurb, Korede cleans up after her serial killer sister’s kills. As much as she
Barry Pierce
Ayoola summons me with these words — Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.

Thus begins Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer. The book has had an interesting history. It first appeared as an ebook in 2017 under the title Thicker Than Water. Publishing rights were then quickly snapped up by Atlantic and it was published, physically, with its new eye-catching title, at the end of 2018. And what a title it is. I must admit that it's what f
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quirky little book with touches of dark humour. Korede, a sensible and pragmatic nurse is constantly called in to clean up after her younger sister Ayoola kills her latest boyfriend (she claims self-defence but Korede's starting to have doubts). While Korede is plain and unattractive, Ayoola is beautiful, the sort of woman who stops conversations and has all the men in the room staring at her - a true femme fatale. Due to their abusive father, Korede is used to protecting Ayoola but wh ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ayoola summons me with these words - Korede, I killed him.
I had hoped I would never hear those words again.

The most important word in the above sentences is again. Three times now Ayoola has "killed him." And, three times now, Korede has helped clean up the mess.

Korede and Ayoola are about as different as two sisters can be. As Korede puts it, . . . Ayoola looks like a Bratz doll and I resemble a voodoo figurine. Everything about Korede smacks of the utilitarian: her angular shape, and her take
'Let's not just assume that a woman isn't capable of doing certain things, because perhaps she is, and perhaps we should watch out for her.'

THAT'S IT, THAT'S THE BOOK. (Also that whole article by the author is all kinds of amazing and you should read it. Preferably after you've read the book.)


My Sister, the Serial Killer is a bit of a mindfuck of a book with the only person who's really having any fund at all (while,
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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, a Nigerian publishing house, and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She ...more
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