My Sister, the Serial Killer
By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Book 71/100 Pages: 226
Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel describes the relationship between two sisters, Ayoola and Korede. Their relationship is far from normal, everyone Ayoola seems to date and she ends up killing them and sister Korede is left to clean up the mess. The novel covers the bond of sisterhood, childhood abuse, and a possible love story in the unique setting of Nigeria.
The book is written in extremely short choppy sort of sentences and chapters, so cramming that amount of information can be difficult. It’s more of a stop and full throttle rather than slowly building a smooth pace. What I did enjoy was Braithwaite’s ability to coincide the narrative of a serial killer murdering her boyfriends to on a dime switching to the same killer’s humor and feigned naïveté. .
The novel is current, featuring narrative tools such as Instagram and Snapchat. A humorous example is Ayoola wanting to post updates to her followers about her life when she should be mourning her missing boyfriend whom she killed. The narrative setting in Nigeria made it feel unique, though the subject matter feels heavy there are light points and humor sprinkled throughout.