My Sister, the Serial Killer: WTF? || A Book Review

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Publisher:  Doubleday

Released: November 28th, 2018

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

Pages: 202

Format: e-book

Characters: Korede, Ayoola, Tade, …

“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 realize 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.

Source: Goodreads

After I finished this book, I was like “Okaaaayyyy…”. Then i gave it 4 star. Then, literally seconds after that:

This is going to be a messy review, but I’ll try my best to keep it organised. First thing first, to me, this book is nothing but a series of murders and also sisters supporting one another (or more like elder sister covering up for her lunatic, psycho younger sister). But as I went through some discussion with my friends over Instagram, I realised there is another theme being highlighted. This book also discusses on traumatic childhood experience of the sisters; their father was abusive, hence had caused these girls to have daddy issues.

Spoiler alert

For Ayoola, the younger sister, it’s not just daddy issues that she faced. Her childhood experience has even led her to have trust issues with men and yes, she murdered the men she dates at one point into the relationship. So, from this point onwards, I knew she is just a lunatic, a psychopath with no remorse after killing her boyfriends. It’s kinda scary, really.

Then, comes in the elder sister, Korede, whom basically covers up and cleans up her younger sister’s mess. This is where the theme of sisterhood emerge. Korede feels a great need to protect her sister even though she secretly envies her sister’s beauty. She is portrayed as the character who is inferior and has low self esteem. She’s insecure with the her looks and she hates how the society treats and looks down at her. She lacks that acceptance and sense of belonging. I believe she has OCD too, because she likes everything clean and organised. With Korede, she’s silently depressed and it’s kinda depressing to see her that way. In short, these sisters are MESSED UP.

I have nothing much to say about Tade, except that he’s just a typical dumb asshole. His character is kinda boring and flat to compare to the lunatic and depressive sisters. The sisters’ mother is also very unfair and it’s safe to say, ya’ll gonna hate her and be thinking what kind of mother she is?

This book is neither plot driven nor character driven. Like I said earlier, it’s just a series of murder cases. Nothing develops in this book to be honest. The only thing that makes this book so good is the thrill that it provides and also that cliffhanger ending. I was like, “Oooooo, yesss.” If you want to know why I reacted that way, then go ahead, read this fucked up book.

Also, I like how short the chapters are. It made reading so easy and I finished this book in about 3 hours or so. However, if you haven’t read a book with Nigerian or African characters and language, you might get a bit confused by the dialogues in this book, like I did. But I was lucky I have my friends to explain on what was going on in the dialogue and why the characters speak the way they did.

Overall, this has been a weird ride for me. I like the book but not quite sure why I like it. It’s kinda blurry but all I know is this book did provide a thrilling experience.


4 thoughts on “My Sister, the Serial Killer: WTF? || A Book Review

  1. I really loved this book when I read it. And I totally agree, it has the triller and wanting to know what happens next for it !

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