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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – Book Review



My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Publisher : Atlantic Books

Published: Due 3 January 2019

Genre : General Fiction


“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realise they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.


This is the tale of Korede, she has a sister, Ayoola, who is stunningly beautiful, but has a secret. she has killed three men. So far !

Korede has helped Ayoola dispose of the bodies and keeps her secret, but she is concerned as the man she loves, Dr Tade,  is now besotted with Ayoola. Will he end up the same way as the others? 

I liked the insight into Nigerian culture and it did remind me a little of the Purple Hibiscus, as in a brutal father figure, but without the murders !. It also has references to the current obsession with social media, which gives this a feel of reality.

Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a marvellously dark story, and is so blasé about murder. With its touches of humour it makes you smile at times even though you know you shouldn’t. Just how far will a sister go to protect her younger sibling. It is a quick read but packs a lot into it and I enjoyed it immensely.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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, a Nigerian publishing house, and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria…(details from Goodreads)