Family always comes first: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

f04c42fa-3236-4064-9449-b3410f610c4dIt’s a funny one to write a review on, this one. I really enjoyed reading it, it was DEFINITELY a fun read- but I was confused about the motive of the novel – why it was the way it is.

Certainly dark but shiny, this is a novel for one sitting -I read a lot of those lately, I know, I know, I love them!- a dialogue heavy, fast paced story set in Lagos, Nigeria. Told from the view of Korode; it’s about the bond of family, the male dominated culture of Nigeria, a little bit of social media and I think also about how physical beauty of women effects their lives.

Warning: Despite the name, this is not a crime novel, or thriller, not a serial killer – whodunit. 

Korede gets a phone call from her sister one night: Ayoola, the beautiful young sister has killed another boyfriend. She claims they hurt her, and asks her sister to help: Korede, the older, the loyal, the less pretty sister, will clean up her Damsel-in-distress sister’s mess.

Then one day, Ayoola sets her eyes on Korede’s crush. Korede is torn in between her feelings for Tade, the attractive doctor and her loyalty to her sister. In the background, the loud and sharp features of Nigerian culture and Lagos makes Mexican waves through out this short novel.

I liked the ending. I liked Korede. I liked- YES- I even liked Ayoola. She had her reasons, I guess. I think the only problem I had with this novel was Ayoola’s reasons not being opened up. I would have loved to learn a bit more about what has been going on in her head.

It was a quick, and short read. A book difficult to dislike.  Long listed for Women’s prize for fiction 2019.

4 stars.




  1. I’m really excited to read this one! Everything I’ve heard about it – including this review – just gets me more and more excited for it. I love how it takes a kind of rom-com premise beyond its logical extreme, and it sounds really fun and funny! Thank you for sharing!

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