Book Review: My Sister, The Serial Killer

At times Oyinkan Braithwaite’s first novel is a classic sibling story, marked by all-too-familiar feelings of frustration, admiration, rivalry and duty. On the other hand, there’s an awful lot of blood.

Serial killer content might have readers and viewers around the world hooked, but for nurse Korede, answering late night calls to dispose of the men her younger sister Ayoola has dispatched is just the latest grievance in a long line of messes she has had to clean up.

Through their relationship and starkly contrasting personalities and appearances, Braithwaite pens a sharp, satirical look at a patriarchal world – and the different kinds of men who populate it – that unfailingly prizes the beautiful and charismatic but shallow and self-centred Ayoola even as she continues to butcher them.

These are men who will drop everything to bask in Ayoola’s youth and beauty, leaving wives, sisters and co-workers to pick up the pieces. It might be Ayoola who finds herself at the non-pointy end of a knife, but she’s not the only one to play fast and loose with people’s lives.

A brisk, often funny read that cuts out just as it begins to gather momentum, My Sister, The Serial Killer is a smartly written debut.

Oyinkan Braithwaite will appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2019

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Cover of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister The Serial Killer


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