#allthebookreviews – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Happy Wednesday – that feels like a Monday! Anyone else messed up with their week already?

Thanks to Doubleday Books for the copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER – Oyinkan Braithwaite (out now!)

Spoiler, we both LOVED it!

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars

The book community is fantastic. One of the many reasons is that your book friends will send you a book (thank you, Stacey) and then another will buddy read it with you (thank you, Robin)! This was the fastest buddy read ever!

This book is packed full of goodness at just over 200 pages. I don’t have any siblings but those that I consider family have my fullest loyalty – I could only imagine what I would do for an actual blood related sibling knowing how far I’d go for the others I consider family.

Here’s the thing – this book reads fast – it’s easily a one sit read even for those who normally don’t read that voraciously. Two sisters. One killer. One clean up. Lots of craziness. And that ending. Look, I had to go back and reread it because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Thank goodness for discussions! I’ll just give you the same advice I received… don’t overthink it.

I highly recommend this book. Pick it up and don’t plan to put it down until you’re finished.

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Talk about a quote to get you in the head space of this novel. This starts out at the scene of the crime – Korede is bleaching the bathroom floor of her sister, Ayoola’s, boyfriend’s home. Why? Ayoola has stabbed him to death. No spoilers here, that’s the first page!

The short chapters made this a quick read and I finished in one sitting. I’m amazed that this was Brathwaite’s first novel. The characters were well-developed, the setting was well laid out for us, and you really felt for Korede. Imagine having to keep this secret for your sibling? It really makes you sit and wonder, how far would you go to protect your brother or sister?

This isnt the thriller the synopsis and title makes it sound like, but this more so focuses on family dynamics and the moral dilemmas you can face when protecting those you love. I would highly recommend this!

 

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