My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and

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When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach.

This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away.

She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first.

Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse.

Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…


13 Dec 2019


An extremely well written book based in Nigeria. It’s not your traditional crime read but a story of family and moral dilemmas with lots of dark humour.
The short chapters make it a speedy read.

28 Aug 2019

Enjoyed this darkly comic and well-paced story - very original. Quite surprised to see it long listed for the Booker Prize (it seems decidedly 'un-bookerish'), but good to see a wider variety of genres included than usual.

06 May 2019


A very quick and easy read yet full of dark humour, satire and social commentary. I'm left thinking I should be horrified and outraged but somehow I'm smiling at the audacity. Great characters, simple plot and slick writing make this an excellent book. Good one for a readiing group as there are lots of issues arising that could be argued about for ages from all kinds of perspectives. Why only 3 stars not 4 or 5? Not nearly literary enough for 5 stars and too short for 4. Would go to 3.5 though.

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