Friday, 28 June 2019

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

My Sister, the Serial Killer- the name made me pick up the book as soon as came across it. And I had very high hopes from it. The cover page did not reveal a lot about the story and I had to rely on the interesting title to plunge into it right away. And I am glad I did. I was hooked to it right from the word go. 

Korede receives a call from her sister, Oyoola that she has stabbed her boyfriend in self- defence. Korede being the caring elder sister rushes to her help and manages to put away the dead body of Femi, the boyfriend. However, Femi is not the first boyfriend who has died in the company of Oyoola. Although the fact did disturb Korede to some extent, she did not think about it a lot till the time Oyoola involved herself with the doctor with whom Korede is obsessed. Now she has to choose between her sister and the man she likes. 

The story is different from most of the stories I have read so far- a sister going to extreme ends to protect her sister who in turn has some ideas of her own. The story is fast paced and really a page turner. The characterization is sharp and every character stands out. There are little bits of crude humour strewn here and there that make you chuckle even as you are anxious about what happens next. The climax develops wonderfully and brings an interesting twist to the layers of the story which were being developed gradually. It was an entertaining and a gripping read overall. 

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About the Author:- Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self-published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is the author of My Sister, the Serial Killer, which won the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, the 2019 Morning News Tournament of Books and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. My Sister, the Serial Killer has been translated into five languages and has also been optioned for film. (Source: https://oyinkanbraithwaite.com/about-the-author/)

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