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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Book – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Pages – 240 pages, Paperback

Genre – Thrillers and Suspense, Humour

Publisher – Atlantic Books

Rating: 3/5 starts

About The Book

When Korede’s sister Ayoola interrupts dinner with a distress call, Korede knows she must clean up another mess: Ayoola’s third boyfriend dispatched in “self-defense”. Despite knowing she should involve the police, Korede prioritizes family loyalty. 

However, when Ayoola starts dating Korede’s love interest, a doctor at her workplace, Korede faces a dilemma: saving one means sacrificing the other. 

What happens next?

Book Review

The book is not that funny that you would actually laugh out loud. Smirks? Sure. But it is humorous at times and definitely a page turner. 

Oyinkan Braithwaite surely will have your attention and won’t let you put the book down unread. A very very gripping read. Also, the short chapters will help you read it fast. But the book was neither disturbing, nor that thriller. It is a gripping story about family dynamics and sisterhood.

This book missed to make a mark on me. It was very anticlimactic with many loopholes and misses which could and should have been looked upon. Few things which I find weirdly missing is how the topic of why Ayoola killed or kept murdering was not covered properly? It would have been so much more interesting if pondered on. 

Also, there was no character development. I did not feel any kind of attachment for any one. Especially Ayoola, an interesting one. You cannot really read into her. What kind of person is she? Is she really innocent (a question which pops in your head despite knowing very strongly that she isn’t). What is she upto? What is going on in her head? She is a character you really can’t decode.

Nigerian culture subtly surfaces in the narrative. Elements like the intricate carvings on the sister’s father’s wooden cane were highlighted.

Would I recommend this Book?​

It was a decent and a quick read. Once can easily finish it within 3-4 days. Might be a good pick to come out of reading-slump. Or if you have only started reading books recently.

Though, I fail to understand why was this book shortlisted for Women Prize for Fiction 2019 and longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019?

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My Favorite Quotes From My Sister, The Serial Killer

“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”

― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

“Is there anything more beautiful than a man with a voice like an ocean?”

― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

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Kinjal Parekh

Book Blogger || Finance Blogger || Mumbai, India || Indian Booktuber. Kinjal Parekh is highly passionate about reading books and learning about history. Her favorite genres include historic fictions, history non-fiction, mind-body-spirit and poetry books. She loves when a book makes her cry and make her feel vulnerable and emphatic. Apart from books, Kinjal loves to explore and understand how the financial and the economic world works for which she keeps reading economic, financial and business books. One book at a time, she aims to motivate non-readers cultivate the reading habit. She can talk about books all day and night and often tends to cancel out-side plans to stay back home and read a book.

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