Book Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer

My sister the serial killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Published: 2018

Publisher: Penguin random house

Pages: 240

Imagine having a sister who carries a knife on dates. Imagine that she has a habit of murdering her boyfriends. Imagine being the one she calls for help in cleaning her mess i.e. clean the blood, dispose of the body etc. Imagine knowing that she has murdered 3 men so far?

Would you turn her in to the police? Probably not. After all, she is your blood, right? And didn’t she say it was in self-defense? She is your sister, you can’t possibly turn her in.  

Now imagine that your sister starts dating a guy you have a crush on. What do you do then?

Do you continue keeping her secret knowing that he will end up just like the others- lying lifeless with a knife in his stomach?  

But if you out her secret, she will go to jail.

So who do you choose to save?  This guy that makes your blood pump wildly, or your sister with whom you share that blood with?

This is the dilemma that Korede, the narrator in this novel faces.

Her sister, Ayoola has killed three men so far, in quote, ‘self-defense’.

My review

Contrary to what the title suggests, this novel is not heavy. Its a fun and humorous read. This is because Oyinkan Braithwaite did not make this a story about those murdered men. Rather, this is a story about a relationship between sisters and all the dynamics that usually accompany such.

Although siblings, Korede and Ayoola are as different as day and night in every aspect. From their physical appearance to their personalities.

While Ayoola is stunning with a face that men swoon over and curves in all the right places, Korede is built like a boy.

‘You’re Korede’s sister?’ Yinka squeaks. I can see her trying to make the connection, measuring Yoola’s looks against mine. The resemblance is there-we share the same mouth, the same eyes- but Ayoola looks like a Bratz doll and I resemble a voodoo figurine.

Extract from the book

Ayoola is their mother’s favourite daughter…

Ayoola also happens to be care-free much to the chagrin of Korede. Her sister takes life casually, and considering what she likes to do to the men she dates, Korede has no choice but to cover her sister’s tracks.

Understanding these three factors, its not hard to imagine that Korede will start to resent her sister which she does. To top it up, Ayoola starts dating the doctor from the hospital that she works at, the same doctor whom Korede has been drooling over for a very long time.

So here is a lethal sister whom she has come to slightly resent, dating a man she-Korede herself- is in love with. But is this enough reason to turn on her sister?

Just how far is she willing to go for Ayoola? This is the central theme of this novel- how far can people go for the people they love.

They were a lot of thing that I loved from this novel.

Despite the deaths surrounding them, Korede and Ayool have a typical sister relationship. A relationship filled with love, looking after each other and the occasional jealousy.

I love how modernized the story is. The use of the internet and social media by the characters makes it plain that this is a 21st century story, which is something that you rarely come across in most written work.

And I loved the unconventional way in which Oyinkan chaptered her book. The chapters do not comfort to the traditional length, she has really short chapters which make it easy for a reader to continue flipping the pages. One chapter was only a quarter a page long (I kid you not). Lke I said, unconventional.

As much as I loved the book, however, I have to say that I felt like she could have done more with the story. Reading the book, you come to understand that the girls’ relationship with their father and how he died is a trigger to Ayoola becoming a serial killer. However, despite his significance, we are not given much information of the guy which makes the story not deep enough. That’s the one thing I felt was missing in this novel.

But other than that, I really loved the story. I think the author did a good job of exploring the question ‘how far can we go for people we love’.

So would I recommend this book? The answer is Yes. In fact I have already recommended it to a couple of friends.

Are you looking for something fun and light to read? Then you should give My sister the serial, killer a try.

You can buy on Amazon through this link: My sister, the serial killer 

Till next time,

Yamie

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