My Sister, the Serial Killer : Review and Summary

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Book Title: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Number of Pages: 226

Audiobook Narrated by:  Adepero Oduye

Listening Length: 4 hours and 15 minutes

Goodreads rating: 3.69  (265,173 ratings)

Published in: 2018

 My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Summary

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan, audiobook scribd
  • Booker Prize Nominee
  • Winner of the La Times Book Prize for Mystery/thriller
  • Finalist for the Women’s Prize

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-defense 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 from 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.


Praise for My Sister, the Serial Killer

Pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan…This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember.”NEW YORK TIMES

The wittiest and most fun murder party you’ve ever been invited to.”–MARIE CLAIRE

“A taut, rapidly paced thriller that pleasurably subverts serial killer and sisterhood tropes for a guaranteed fun afternoon.” HUFFINGTON POST

“Braithwaite’s writing pulses with the fast, slick heartbeat of a YA thriller, cut through by a dry noir wit. That aridity is startling, a trait we might expect from someone older, more jaded—a Cusk, an Offill. But Braithwaite finds in young womanhood a reason to be bitter. At the center of these women’s lives is a knot of pain, and when it springs apart, it bloodies the world.” NEW REPUBLIC

“This riveting, brutally hilarious, ultra-dark novel is an explosive debut by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and heralds an exciting new literary voice… Delicious.” NYLON

“You can’t help flying through the pages..” BUZZFEED

Quotes from My Sister, the Serial Killer:

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”
― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

t’s because she is beautiful, you know. That’s all it is. They don’t really care about the rest of it. She gets a pass at life.”
― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

I know better than to take life directions from someone without a moral compass.”
― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

It takes a whole lot longer to dispose of a body than to dispose of a soul, especially if you don’t want to leave any evidence of foul play.”
― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer: The Creative Muggle Review 

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oynikan Braithwaite is a twisted and hilarious rollercoaster ride! This book is clever, satirical, and got just the right amount of dark humor.

Right off the bat, I was hooked on the messed-up relationship between Korede and Ayoola, the two sisters at the center of the story. Ayoola has this weird habit of murdering her boyfriends, claiming self-defense every time. And guess who’s left to clean up the mess? Yep, poor Korede. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from their messed-up dynamic.

The author does a killer job (pun intended) of balancing humor and darkness. The witty one-liners had me cracking up, even in the midst of some seriously messed-up situations. It’s like the author took absurdity and cranked it up to eleven. I

Yet, while the book kept me entertained and emotionally invested, I have to admit it fell a tad short in the thrilling department. Sure, there were moments of suspense, but they didn’t quite give me that heart-pounding, can’t-put-it-down feeling. I wanted more twists and turns, more edge-of-my-seat excitement. That being said, the exploration of sisterly dynamics and the complexity of Korede’s character kept me engaged and rooting for her.

It’s a rather short book with easy-to-follow language, so it’s perfect for anyone looking for a fun and accessible read. 

All in all, My Sister, the Serial Killer left me with mixed feelings. It’s a unique and creative story that didn’t quite reach the thrilling heights I was hoping for, but it had its own charm. 

If you’re into dark humor and exploring the complexities of family ties, without much gut-wrenching suspense My Sister, the Serial Killer is for you. 

The Creative Muggle Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


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About the Author Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite completed her studies in Creative Writing and Law at Kingston University. After finishing her degree, she started working as an assistant editor at a publishing house called Kachifo in Nigeria. Since then, she has been working independently as a writer and editor.

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