Friday 27 January 2023

Book Review | My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | prettylittlewriter

 '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, quote, 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 the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...'

This is a brilliantly clever and hilarious story, based around a deadly sisterly bond. 

I had a lot of empathy for Korede, especially when Ayoola seemed to show no remorse for what she'd done after each murder, and when she started having a relationship with the guy that Korede really liked, I was very concerned for her, as it was quite clear that he was going to be Ayoola's next target. 

The relationship between the two sisters was quite toxic at times, mainly stemming from Ayoola's selfishness, and what I can only describe as a fucked up past surrounding their father. 

I liked that the chapters were short and snappy, it kept me wanting to read on, and I ended up finishing the novel in just a few hours. 

There are some funny moments, Korede's dry humour and sarcasm keeping me entertained, and I liked her authority around the other members of staff at the hospital, it allowed for some funny scenes. I also liked her relationship with the coma patient (I've forgotten his name already, oops), and how she gave him strength to say no to his own family. 

The only thing I would say is that I would have liked to have seen a bit more growth with Korede's character. She did so much for everyone around her, and was constantly taken advantage of, so it would have been nice to see her put her foot down and say no herself for once, and to put herself first for a change. 

Overall though, a brilliant story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

4.5/5 stars

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