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My sister, the serial killer : a novel (2017 original; edició 2018)

de Oyinkan Braithwaite

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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "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. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- "Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--… (més)
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Títol:My sister, the serial killer : a novel
Autors:Oyinkan Braithwaite
Informació:New York : Doubleday, [2018]
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Valoració:****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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My Sister, the Serial Killer de Oyinkan Braithwaite (2017)

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Easy and fast read. I just can't believe the serial can get away with murder just by being charming. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
While the ending wasn't what I wanted and there were no likeable characters, I really enjoyed my read of this! ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
This is set in Lagos, Nigeria. When Korede's younger sister, Ayoola, calls and asks for her help after killing a man, Korede is more resigned than shocked. The man is Femi, Ayoola's boyfriend, and he's the third person she has killed. Ayoola says that he was angry with her, that she killed him in self-defense. She said that before about the other two, and Korede is no longer sure she believes her. But Ayoola is her sister, so she helps her clean up all traces of blood and dispose of the body.

Ayoola quickly moves on, but Korede can't stop thinking about Femi. She copes by focusing on her job (she's a nurse) and confiding in the one person she knows who won't spill her secrets, a coma patient at her hospital. However, when Ayoola's dangerous beauty threatens to ensnare Tade, a doctor Korede is secretly in love with, Korede must decide how far she's really willing to go to protect her sister.

The first thing I thought of when I started this was Natsuo Kirino's Out, which also featured murder cleanup, rising tension, and exploration of feminist issues. Although in the end the two books weren't that similar, both have blurbs and reviews that make them sound like black comedies, and I really don't understand it. There is nothing in the tone of either book that says "black comedy" to me. Both are more bleak and painful than darkly funny.

Considering the title and description, I had thought My Sister, the Serial Killer would feature more murder and gore than it did, but it was actually pretty tame in that respect, and nothing that did happen was on-page. No, the book's real focus was on Korede - her motivations and relationship with her sister.

Ayoola was always the beautiful, beloved, and impulsive sister. Men were naturally drawn to her, like moths to a flame. Korede was the ugly sister (or so she tells us - the entire book is her POV) who was always expected to be the responsible one, the one who looked out for her little sister. That never changed, even after they became adults.

Korede's feelings about her sister were complicated, to say the least. She recognized what Ayoola was and knew that her sister didn't really care about anyone but herself, but she was also bound to Ayoola by their shared childhood experiences and a lifetime of being told that she must always take care of her. It was an unsettling relationship that had helped them both survive, up to this point, but I wondered how Korede would react when Tade, a man she cared about, caught Ayoola's eye.

I don't know that I liked any of the characters in this book, but I could empathize with Korede and even Ayoola to a certain extent. Although he'd been dead for years, their abusive father continued to be an inescapable part of their lives. He ruled their household with an iron fist, and anyone who might have been able to help them was either useless, didn't know, or refused to believe what was going on. The only people they could rely on were each other.

Still, the ending was tough. I don't think Korede had any good choices - there was ample evidence that any decision she might have made would have turned out badly for her and at least one person she cared about - but I do think she had a right choice, and it was painful to watch her spend the entire book circling around it and then not go that route.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Mar 21, 2021 |
I loved the idea of this book but, maybe because of the length, I found it very hard to engage with. The main character was a bit lacklustre, the sister was just irritating and the doctor was frustratingly naive for a grown man... never mind a supposedly highly educated one! A little more character development would have gone a long way in my opinion.
Very well narrated though (listened to on Audible) ( )
  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |
I loved the idea of this book but, maybe because of the length, I found it very hard to engage with. The main character was a bit lacklustre, the sister was just irritating and the doctor was frustratingly naive for a grown man... never mind a supposedly highly educated one! A little more character development would have gone a long way in my opinion.
Very well narrated though (listened to on Audible) ( )
  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |
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Without aiming for a grand narrative or stuffing the prose with political history as Nigerian novelists are often tempted, Braithwaite entertains. Braithwaite does provide a candid take on under-discussed social issues but in place of grand commentary about the government and public life, she looks inward and forces a reflection on the problems of the family, and how families can distort people’s lives.
 
It’s strikingly original. Braithwaite sets the Offspring-like inner workings of the hospital, and an almost Mills & Boon style – sisters squabbling over the central love interest, the too-good-to-be-true Dr Tade – against a ruthless examination of a culture where Korede’s father beats his daughters and wife as he tries to sell Ayoola off to a local chief, who points out the 14-year-old girls he wants to marry with his bejewelled cane. At its heart is the idea of beauty and how far it can take you, how quickly it morphs into ugliness.
 
In one respect, it’s classic noir: actions have consequences that are inevitable – but the ending is worlds away from that bleak style, and the pitch-black humour, coupled with the sweltering heat of Lagos, gives a very different feel.
 
With a deadly aim, Braithwaite lobs jokes, japes and screwball comedy at the reader. Only after you turn the last page do you realize that, as with many brilliant comic writers before her, laughter for Braithwaite is as good for covering up pain as bleach is for masking the smell of blood.
 
Braithwaite leaves the reader wondering which of these two sisters is more damaged: the killer, or the killer’s faithful rescuer.
 

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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "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. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- "Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--

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