My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water...

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.

Book Review
Korede-nurse, bitter, big sister, accessory, enabler, the "ugly" sister
Ayoola-narcissistic, sociopathic, spoiled, delusional boyfriend killer, the "beautiful" sister

Ayoola was a black widow who met man after man and disposed of them. That is until a young doctor is left standing to tell the tale. Korede was there to help clean up after each killing. It is never clearly stated what prompted Ayoola to begin killing. Yes. The girls had a tyrant for a father and had a hand in his demise, even though it is not clearly stated. I kept wondering what was the catalyst that prompted the first killing. There was no rhyme or reason for the killings. It was just Ayoola went out on a date and someone was killed.
Quite honestly this was an odd listen. It was definitely dark and dramatic, but I found no humorous or witty exchanges to lighten the tone. I take that back there was one passage that made me chuckle. The way Ayoola delivered the outcome of her trip to Dubai was the best moment of the entire book. Maybe the rest of those "humorous" moments were lost in translation from written word to narration. The narrator's voice was clear and she did an excellent job with the African dialect. All the characters were delivered with the accent except the two sisters. They had no accent of any kind, which I found odd.
I think this was a decent dark drama with good production quality in regards to the audio. What this was not was witty, humorous or fun. Unfortunately, I feel that maybe I listened to a different story than all of the "credible" reviewers listed. ...

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