My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- Provided by publisher.
"Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385544238
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 20 cm.


From Library Staff

When she realizes her younger sister is killing her boyfriends, older sister Korede dutifully helps with the coverup. But when someone she cares about becomes the target, who will she choose to protect? Darkly funny.

Beaverton_JennieC Apr 25, 2019

This unassuming little novel packs quite the punch. I'm not usually drawn to books about serial killers, but the premise of this one was too intriguing to pass up. Sisters Korede and Ayoola are close--so close in fact, that Korede, as the oldest, finds herself helping her younger sister clean up... Read More »

The cover made me put this on hold!

Banks_SusanC Feb 13, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. Definitely not your usual murder-mystery. There's murder, but NO mystery! This novel is set in Nigeria, but isn't ABOUT Nigeria, which made it fresh for me. I can't say too much about it without spoilers, so just put it hold and read it.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Jan 20, 2019

I put this on hold when I saw it on our "Library Reads" list. While it was a fun, fast-paced read, it really left me wanting more. That being said, I was once told by a writer for the Oregonian that the best books are the ones that make you think when you're done with them. This one rea... Read More »

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Sep 05, 2019

Short, slight and light. I do not know why this book is on the Booker long list.

Nicr Sep 02, 2019

"There's something wrong with her...but you? What's your excuse?" A tale of two Nigerian sisters: Korede, the angry, repressed, ugly-duckling one--our narrator--and Ayoola, the breezy, beautiful one who seems to have murdered several boyfriends. And now she's set her cap for her sister's crush. Dramatic events, short chapters and a terse, deadpan style set this novel barreling relentlessly and remorselessly to its conclusion. Pitch-black humor. A Booker Prize nominee.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This is truly a breakout year for debut Nigerian authors. First Tomi Adeyemi delivers the first book in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, and now Oyinkan Braithwaite brings to the table a wonderfully crafted family drama.

Despite its dark content, this book was an absolute delight. I often found myself imagining how I would react in the situations Korede found herself in. As someone with two younger sisters, I know how strong and complex the sibling bond can be. To further complicate the relationship, Korede and Ayoola’s bond is forged not only by love (more notably Korede’s), but by shared trauma. As Ayoola’s lifelong protector, Korede shoulders the burden of saving Ayoola from the consequences of her crimes. Ayoola herself is an interesting paradox because her exquisite beauty makes her both a victim and a perpetrator of extreme violence.

At times witty, and at times chilling, this book really had me questioning exactly how far I would go to protect the ones I love.

Jul 29, 2019

Apr 2019: Compelling, excellent, psych thriller, short

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "This is a very short book but every word counts. The story is gripping and the writing is sublime. There’s the additional enjoyment of getting a glimpse of life in Lagos, Nigeria, where the hospital is high tech but a man can still divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” The mix of different religions and cultures and old traditions and new social media enforces the idea that the world is unstable, morality is a moving target, and sisters should band together. "

Jun 01, 2019

A quick, fun read that asks where we should place our loyalties and is there a line we cannot cross?

May 30, 2019

The blurb for this book sounded really exciting, and the plot did move quickly, but overall I found it a bit annoying and I was unhappy with the ending.

May 15, 2019

It was a really great read but super disappointed in the ending! Don't read unless you have nothing else to do.

May 14, 2019

This is a work of fiction by a woman from Africa about her sister who kills her boyfriends. The protagonist then is left to clean up her sister's mess. It's a dark and interesting read.

May 06, 2019

This was a fun, quick read but something was off and missing in this book.

View All Comments


Add a Quote
ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 26, 2019

He once told me you had to feed the cow before you slaughter it; it was the way of life.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 26, 2019

I would be more at ease if the Joker were to smile at me.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at WCCLS

To Top