My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Title: My Sister, the Serial Killer
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: eBook
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Overall: 5 out of 5
Source: Purchased

Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

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

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.

My Sister, the Serial Killer was an absolutely fascinating read. Korede was such an intriguing character, and her sister Ayoola was just flat out crazy. Ayoola is without a doubt a sociopath and definitely a serial killer. What made this book so enthralling was the dynamic between Korede and Ayoola. Korede is absolutely aware of what her sister is, but years and years have taught her that she will be blamed for whatever Ayoola chooses to do. Therefore it makes more sense to just clean up Ayoola’s messes.

I was really curious about what would happen when Ayoola starts dating the cute, kind doctor. He is Korede’s boss and secret crush. Watching Korede struggle with her own morality, while wanting to protect both Tade and Ayoola was such an odd dynamic. It was heartbreaking, funny, and definitely gripping. Korede turns to confiding in a coma patient and that adds a whole different dimension to the book.

The author is a wonderful writer, I really felt like I was getting the culture and flavor of Nigeria. I know there has been criticism of the short chapters and the way they were broken up, but I actually wasn’t bothered by it. The story was so fascinating that it didn’t even register for me. The ending was very interesting and I would be so curious what everyone thinks! A full 5 out of 5 stars!

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
 “That’s how it has always been. Ayoola would break a glass, and I would receive the blame for giving her the drink. Ayoola would fail a class, and I would be blamed for not coaching her. Ayoola would take an apple and leave the store without paying for it, and I would be blamed for letting her get hungry.”
― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer