Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Title: My Sister, the Serial Killer
Author: Oyikan Braithwaite
Format: Hardback, 226 pages
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Release Date: November 28, 2019

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What Popped: I really enjoyed the structure. It had short chapters and it was really fast paced, but not to fast.

What Flopped: It’s hard to say what flopped because there were a lot of things that didn’t work for me. Things that left me puzzled and wanting more. That could be good, but there were some things I needed some closure on and didn’t get. Probably a personal preference. Also, there were no serial killer scenes only clean up and not much of that either.

My Thoughts: I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it. Braithwaite’s writing is good; but it left me wanting more. I expected or had hoped that we would learn more about the serial killer – how she came to be? Braithwaite didn’t include any gory serial killer details. No how she snapped in order to kill. No real police investigation. Not sure this should be listed as a Mystery or Thriller because there was no mystery to be had and it was not suspenseful at all. The reader didn’t have to try to figure out who the murderer was. I mean, after all we are told in the title of the book.

I didn’t particularly care for the main characters and “coma guy” seemed to be the only logical character in the whole story when he woke up. The voice of reason.

For me there are quite a few holes that could have been filled in. Despite that it was still an enjoyable read. Recommend for a quick weekend or beach read.

Goodreads Summary:

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…

2 thoughts on “Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

  1. bathandbooks March 16, 2019 / 5:42 pm

    I know what you mean about the unanswered questions but I quite liked that it left it up to my imagination. I feel like this was more a character study of some interesting characters rather than a thriller too.


  2. Jean @ Howling Frog March 16, 2019 / 1:48 am

    I just checked this out today! It will probably be a little while before I get around to actually reading it, but I read the first couple of chapters.


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