If you are a fan of black comedy look no further. Shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Fiction, My Sister the Serial Killer by Uyinkan Braithwaite is a novel take on the thriller genre which will make you question how far you'd go to protect the ones you love.
Through the voice of Korede we hear about the exploits of her murderous sister Ayoola, a beautiful feme fatale who leaves a trail of murdered boyfriends in her wake, just how many we aren't entirely sure but there are at least three. A lot of Nigerian culture is embedded in the book, in particular the corruption, which makes the fact that the sisters keep getting away with murder feel more realistic than if it was set in say London or Paris. The story isn't really about the murders, it's about the relationship between the two sisters who are a polar opposites of each other: Korede the plain, practical sister and the younger Ayoola, a carefree, knife wielding vixen. The punchy short chapters pull us through the story and the tension is built as the sister clash over the same man. Will Korede follow her heart or protect her sister yet again?
The ending was abrupt but I think ultimately satisfying. You know exactly what will happen after the pages stop.
A brilliant and highly recommended read.
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