Friday, January 14, 2022

"My Sister, the Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite

"My Sister, the Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite is the January selection for the Gateway Women/NoMo book club (which focuses on books where pregnancy and motherhood are NOT the main event). 

The story revolves around two very different Nigerian sisters -- Ayoola, the pretty younger one and her mother's favourite, who has an inconvenient habit of offing her boyfriends, and Korede, the responsible older one, who is simultaneously annoyed by her sibling and helps cover up for her. 

Then Ayoola starts dating the handsome young doctor that Korede secretly loves herself... 

This was a short, quick book -- 230 pages on my Kobo e-reader. I read it in just a few hours' time after supper tonight. It's... interesting. Some reviewers have called it "funny." I'm not sure I'd describe it like that. If there's humour in the book, it's very (VERY) dark. It IS well written -- sharp, vivid, unsettling, full of twists -- a stunning debut novel by a young Nigerian writer. The ending is... well, I'll let you judge for yourself, if you read it. I can easily see this one being made into a movie. 

I debated how I should rate this one. I settled on 4 stars. I'll be thinking about it for a while...! 

This was Book #3 read to date in 2022 (and Book #3 finished in January), bringing me to 7% of my 2022 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 45 books. I am (for the moment, anyway...!) 2 books ahead of schedule. :)  You can find reviews of all my books read to date in 2022 tagged as "2022 books."  

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book! It was so different. I agree, could totally be a movie.