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My Sister the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 and what can only be called an intriguing and exciting book cover, I was really looking forward to reading this.

This was one of the easiest books I've read in a while. SO interesting and uncomplicated with a compelling and interesting plot - i really have flown through this.

It is unlike any crime/thriller novel i have read before. The plot centres around two sisters, Korede the elder sister whose life appears to be dominated and plagued by her younger sister Ayoola. Attractive, erratic, selfish, and well... a serial killer. The novel opens with the sisters covering up the third boyfriend which she has killed in 'self defence'. Korede appears to have become resigned to this being a facet in their lives all until Ayoola starts dating Tate a doctor who Korede has long been in love with. Will he survive or become another victim of her pyscho sister?

It felt totally refreshing to read a crime novel which centred wholly around female characters. It reinvigorated the typical female victim narrative and instead positioned male characters as sitting ducks at any moment ready to be written out of the narrative.

This book was short and punchy. I really admire Braithwaite for not over embellishing or over complicating this novel. She knew the book she wanted to write and executed it above and beyond my expectations.


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