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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel (2017 original; edició 2018)

de Oyinkan Braithwaite (Autor)

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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)
Membre:illmunkeys
Títol:My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
Autors:Oyinkan Braithwaite (Autor)
Informació:Doubleday (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 240 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:read-2021

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

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Korede is a nurse in Lagos, Nigeria. Her younger sister, Ayoola, has managed to murder each of her last three boyfriends and Korede is always there to help her out. But when Ayoola sets her sights on a doctor Korede works with… a man Korede has a crush on herself, she needs to figure out what to do.

This was good. Short chapters and a short book overall, so fast to read. But I was certainly interested. The book also looks back in time at the sisters’ relationship with their father (who died ten years earlier). ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 5, 2021 |
Super quick book that I really enjoyed. The story follows Korede and her younger sister Ayoola (the serial killer). The book opens with Korede covering up another one of Ayoola's "mistakes." One of the things I really enjoyed about the book was not only do we have a truly unapologetic scary ass female killer who comes off as normal but the entire book also discusses the relationships between sisters, expectations and family pressures.

I really recommend this one a lot. Even if it didn't end the way I wanted it to, it ended the way it should. It is really a creepy and fantastic book. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
WOW! What an amazing book. The writing is beautiful and the characters are so flawed that you can't help but feel for them (what you may feel will change from reader to reader).

I would say that the marketing for this book is a little misleading. While it is about a serial killer and her sister tormented with the questions of "what is right" versus "how far do I go to protect my sister," this is not a thriller or suspense by any means. For me, I never really cared about the mystery of why or who was next. This story is about character development and is a beautiful piece of literature.

Also, the book itself is so small and cute! And the chapters are nice and short, which I personally love.

I've found in recent years that Nigerian literature really speaks to me. And this novel just solidified that. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
Easy and fun but shallow. The fleeting glimpses of an abusive father were insufficient to act as believable motivation for serial killing. Ayoola’s characterization felt cliché at times, with her innocent, youthful beauty belying her murderous intent. Korede’s relationship with her sister was also underexplored by the end of the book – the polar pulls of jealousy and protectiveness ultimately give way to her needing to save her own neck. Many characters were one-dimensional while gender dynamics were pretty bleak. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
3.5
Easy and fast read. I just can't believe the serial can get away with murder just by being charming. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 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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For my family, whom I love very much:

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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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