It’s been a while and that’s because i’m rounding up my national service , i have a project i need to complete.
I looked forward to this book since it came out last year. And then i had brunch with the author and other people.
My review is not in anyway biased because of this.
Tittle: My sister the serial killer
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Publisher: Narrative Landscape press limited
Genre: Thriller, Mystery , crime noir
Rating: 4 stars
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 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 a doctor at the hospital 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
The story starts with a captivating sentence
Ayoola summons me with these words-Korede, i killed him. I had hoped i would never here those words again.
And just liked that i was pulled into the first crime scene.
One thing that i loved about the book is that it is VERY Nigerian. Oyinkan did not need to water down the experience to western views and she gave me that very Nigerian experience i was looking for in the book.
A moment to gush about the writing. She has a straight to the point way of writing and i loved it, there’s no beating around the bush in the book. The chapters are short because of this but it makes so much sense.
The humor is full of Nigerian shadiness, like the one were an aunt you clearly don’t like comes to your house and tell you to get married quickly because you are going to die an old maid. *tears up* she captures it perfectly in the book.
You know what i think, i think you would appreciate reading this book that is different from what you are used to. I mean you might just have your own kind of shadiness going on in your culture ( please feel free to share).
Now the story
Its a very interesting one, it takes sisterhood to another level. Where does the line between loyalty and responsibility blur? and an important question how did it get to that point.
This is one of those books where the title is exactly what the book is. Ayoola the younger sister is a serial killer but you wouldn’t notice because she is pretty an looks innocent ( That’s how all serial killers look tho). She has set her sights on Korede’s crush Tade just to prove a point.
Korede is a mature character, the kind of big sister that swoops in to save the day. The one that mum’s always depend on and whom much is expected from. But in the story you can see how it takes a toll on her while she’s busy trying to protect her crush.
There are many things you can interpret from the story, from ”nice guys” who play on people’s feelings , the comparison between siblings and the pampering of lastborns. They come from a home with abuse written in the background and that too is open to interpretation yes their father was a douche but was he also a killer?
My only thing with the book is the way the book ended, i kind of expected a different turn of events but i understand why it had to be like that.
I recommend this book if you love dark humor, crime and also for you to try Nigerian literature.
How many shady aunties and uncles do you have? Would you be interested to read Nogerian Literature to diversify your reads. Lemme know in the comments.