My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Book Review

★★★★☆
March 28th – April 1st

I wish I remembered where I was recommended this book. It may have been an algorithm, or a human, or a video, or something, but somewhere I stumbled upon this strange little gem and I’m really glad that I did.

This book is weird, and not the type of thing that I would usually enjoy, mostly because it has romance and love at the base of its motivation.

The story follows Korede, a Nigerian nurse whose sister has killed several men, and had Korede help to pick up the pieces. But when she begins a relationship with the doctor that Korede has feelings for, she begins to question her loyalty to her sister.

I liked the relationship between sisters. I was less interested in the romantic aspect, but the entire plot seemed more based in jealousy that Korede feels for Ayoola.

I was mostly interested in the setting of this one. I don’t know that I’ve ever read another book set in Nigeria, and if I have, it definitely was not in a modern-day setting. I was hoping it would have a bit more humor, and a bit more nuance than it did. It felt very formulaic.

I’d love to read more by this author to see what other relationships they explore in the future, because that’s definitely where Braithwaite’s strengths are.

-Siobhan