My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite
Reading Challenge Category: A Richard and Judy book club pick
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...
This book is so crazy. It’s exactly what I expected but not at the same time. It’s really hard to explain. I was so trepidatious going in as it had such fantastic reviews. It had won so many reviews, and when I was preparing for my new reading challenge, it was everywhere in all the research I was doing. It would have fit into so many categories. I just knew I had to read it to find out what all the fuss was about. Well, after reading it I can see. It is stark raving bonkers! However, I somehow expected it to be somewhat more serious, even knowing the premise. Ayoola is such a brilliant character; you just don’t know what to expect. You are on tenterhooks the entire book as she could just act without thinking and no remorse. The repercussions for her actions are so high for both her and Korede, but that doesn’t seem to bother her. I loved the devil may care attitude; it was just so fresh. There was no angst, no fretting and no second-guessing herself. It was such a pleasant read. It was such an easy read, too. I’d been reading some real duds of books lately so really needed one to blow me away, and this certainly did that. It was refreshing and different and such a pleasant surprise. I can certainly see why it has taken the reading world by storm. I love Nigerian books; it is really lovely to be in such a different world and culture from my own. There are a lot of Nigerian phrases (not sure of the correct language that is used), so there are some times where you are left a bit confused. Broken English is also used when Korede wants to dumb herself down a bit, again this is confusing, but if you read it out loud I found this helped to hear it and understand it. Loved the authenticity this brought to the book. I believe this is the author’s debut novel, but I am intrigued to see what else the author will bring us in the future. I think she will have a bright career ahead of her.