My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – review.


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…

About the author

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self-published work.

In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam.

In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

My thoughts

Oh my, oh my! Korede really is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes Ayoola. Ayoola is her younger sister, her own blood, and Korede proves that she’ll do anything to protect her regardless of the doubt she carries.

Opening with a bang, this book made my day vanish in a whoosh as if I’d entered a time slip. One minute, I’d just finished breakfast, the next – damn, I was burning the dinner in a race to finish the book.

This really is a fresh take on the serial killer genre and I must say, I love it. All told in snappy chapters from nurse, Korede’s point of view, I got a deep sense of who she was as the details of Korede’s and Ayoola’s past was revealed.

I felt for their house girl, such an uninspiring role in life but the author slaps the reader with these class differences. I don’t think she was even called by her name. Other references to this would be Mohammed the cleaner – you’ll have to read it. There was so much to explore between these pages. Other thoughts that come to mind after reading this book are misogyny, patriarchy, not facing up to consequences, expectation, deceit and corruption. Whoah! You might think that’s a lot for a shorter novel but believe me, not a word is wasted.

Definitely one to add to the list if you love your psychological thrillers and crime reads. I think it will suitably appeal to readers who enjoy a little light horror too. This book is tense, slick and it’s boldness in style is impressive! A must read.

Thanks for reading!

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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