This week I’m reading: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I grabbed this from my wife’s bookshelf today; I read the whole thing in one sitting, on the beach, with the sounds of my children playing in the sand in the background.

My Sister, the Serial Killer is Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel and it won several awards when it was published in 2019. It’s easy to see why; this is a witty, clever and funny take on sibling relationships.

Set in Nigeria, this is the story of two sisters: Korede (the older, sensible one) and Ayoola (the youngest, pretty and serial killer one). The novel opens with Korede helping Ayoola to clean up blood after she’s murdered another boyfriend…

The blurb:

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…

Best described as: darkly comic. A very entertaining book!

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