#BookReview: My sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Can you tell me how you can resist to not pick up a book with such a title? I know I couldn’t help myself. Also, the cover is STUNNING! Whoever did the cover design needs a raise.

“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 favourite 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.

Goodreads blurb.

Genre: Fiction , Mystery
Year Of Publication: November 20th 2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Pages: 225
My rating: 2.5 stars

*Thank you Netgalley and Atlantic Books for a copy of this book!*

My sister, the serial killer starts with murder from the get-go as we follow Korede helping her sister clean up the mess and get rid of the body of the man that Ayoola has stabbed, claiming self-defence. I really enjoyed the journey of discovery the character is forced to take whilst she goes on about her daily life and trying to cope with the guilt of the present and the demons of the past.

I really liked Korede to begin with and her flashbacks offered more insight into the why’s and how’s of the present. However, towards the end I started feeling frustrated with her as she was not able to see Ayoola’s manipulations and the web of lies in which she was caught up without even realising. It was plain to see Ayoola’s character and her continuous refusal to accept the truth irked me. I disliked Ayoola from the start; beautiful, manipulative and selfish.

The plot flowed well and the writing was keeping me intrigued the whole time, continuing to flick the page to see what will happen next. The short chapters help with the quick pacing, although sometimes made it just tiny bit too jittery and disconnected. I thought it was really clever how we get to find out more about the girls via memories and enjoyed how this was interlaced with the present day story.

I initially thought I would give it at least 4 stars because I can appreciate the satyr of this novel and the expose on corruption, etc, however, the ending was a major disappointment for me. I was expecting the ending to be quite different and Korede’s character lost points with me as the conclusion of the story was nearing. I can see why this choice was made, however I would’ve liked some actual sacrificed to have been made at the end.

What did you think? Have you read it? What do you think of the topic?

Xoxo
Jane

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