Book: My Sister, the Serial Killer
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Rating: 4 Psycho Stars
Book hang-o-ver (hang-oh-ver)
1. The inability to start a new book because you are still living in the old book’s world
2. The inability to function at work/school because you were up all night binge-reading
If you’re not familiar with the term “book hangover,” you will understand by the time you finish My Sister, the Serial Killer. It snatched me up right from page one. I read this in a little over 3 hours because I was consumed! Listen, the title gives you a lot of information…so it’s not like you’re spending the book trying to figure out who did it. You’re spending the book wondering if she’s going to get caught. Is she going to kill again before the end of the book? Is her sister going to turn her in? Will her sister be in trouble too, because she obviously knows? It was really intriguing and even a little bit heartbreaking.
Korede is a hardworking nurse at a hospital in Lagos. Her family runs in high society circles, but everything is not what it seems behind closed doors. Ayoola, the “beautiful” sister, is wild and unpredictable…and also has a bad habit of killing all her boyfriends. Korede comes to her sister’s aid each time. But when Ayoola sets her sights on Tade, Korede’s long time crush and co-worker, Korede finds herself torn.
This story is crazy, y’all! Ayoola is, without a doubt, a sociopath. Korede is a control freak. They clash, but they support each other. It’s such a rich complicated sibling relationship, and that is really the focus more than the girls’ romantic interests. The storytelling is unique in that each chapter is not necessarily in chronological order, however, you never feel lost even when you’re reading something out of order. The way Oyinkan chose to reveal information to the reader was genius!
When I finished I couldn’t even pick up another book. I was just stuck thinking about that ending and those sisters’ jacked up relationship. Major book hangover, y’all! I recommend it if you like thrillers, or family dramas. And you can read it in a weekend, it’s not a huge time commitment.
Krystle Goodman is a crazy cat lady, who loves to drink exorbitant amounts of coffee, and read a shocking amount of books. She lives in Benton with her husband Josh, her son Roman, and their two cats Roxanne and Abby. When she isn’t reading, you’ll find her cooking, painting, or watching true crime shows. Watch for Krystle’s book reviews every other Friday. Send fanmail to: [email protected]
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