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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Oyinkan Braithwaite (Tekijä)

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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- "Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Oyinkan Braithwaite (Tekijä)
Info:Doubleday (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 240 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 182) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I really enjoyed this! Well maybe enjoyed is the wrong word, but this was very compelling and I really enjoyed the writing.

As the title suggests, this is a book is about Korede, who is dealing with her sister Ayoola who seems to always end up killing the boys she dates. This book definitely isn't a typical thriller in that it isn't super fast-paced or high action but the author did a great job setting up the tension and release cycle that you see a lot in Southern Gothic terror. I actually would describe this more as being terrifying, in that the suspense comes from the feeling that something might happen, rather than thrilling, where it seems the suspense comes from action.

I really enjoyed the care that was taken with setting up the familial relationships in this. I think the author did a great job describing the pressures an older sister might feel to take care of a younger sister. I'm an older sister and even through there wasn't a ton of pressure put on me to take care of her, you still end up worrying and feeling the need to protect them. And my sister hasn't ever killed anyone as far as I'm aware so I imagine the pressure for Korede is even greater!

I really enjoyed the writing style in this book. I loved the way Braithwaite wove the family history and the sisters background into the current plot line. All the chapters were pretty short and almost felt like little short stories. I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author. The only plot thread that felt a bit weaker for me was the one with Korede and the coma patient. There were parts of that I liked but that was the most predictable part of this book for me and tied in the least to the other stuff. I'm glad I finally picked this up. This was a super short read and so if you're thinking about picking it I would recommend this, just know that it's not super thrillerish in a traditional sense. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
***Read for the Magical Readathon year 2020***
OWL Herbology - Mumbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an M

THIS WAS SO CREEPY!

But very satisfying. I actually liked the ending. Also somewhat realistic? Maybe that's where the creep factor comes in.

I was the oldest sister in a Carribbean household. While some of the culture aspects are very different than the one described in this book, some of the family aspects echoed strongly with me. Not in a good way but I've come far. It's weird to nod when I recognize some of the things but don't feel the despair. Korede's actions felt so real. Mind you I'm nothing like her. But I still saw something of me in her. The same with her family members. I saw my family members in them.

CREEPY RIGHT?

I also really liked the interview with the author at the end.

But how to rate it? I read it in 3 hours? And couldn't stop. Had some very strong emotions. Wanted to know how it ended... And the ending satisfied me. I think if it didn't I couldn't give it any stars. Some books do that. But I can see myself re-reading this. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
The saying blood is thicker than water really implies for this book. Randomly finding a book and buying it to than discovering that you like it is an amazing feeling. I bought this book at work. As I am always looking for a way to make my reading more divers this book was a perfect place for me to start a thriller. I’ve really fallen out of love with thrillers lately. So if I have to pick between a thriller form a debut author, I would rather pick up a POC author.

This book is about Korede. She works as a nurse in a hospital. She’s the assistant to a new doctor that took her heart the minute he stepped into the office. Korede is certain she doesn’t stand a chance. One night she gets a phone call from her sister, the third call to be precise with the same message as she previously received. Korede is expected to clean up after her sister. Korede is a family person, she loves her sister so she has no other option to help her. Ayoola killed three men. Killing three people makes you a serial killer. With Ayoola killing boyfriends, Korede has to keep the new doctor safe before he becomes Ayoola’s next victim.

What I was most looking forward in this book was the family dimensions. Boy did I get want I wanted! For a debut novel I really liked this one. It being a debut novel was its only flaw. The characters were there, the setting in Africa was there, the story was there, something was just lacking for me. Not sure what is was but sometimes the feeling of not being complete took over. What I really liked about this book was the family dynamic. You get to see the way siblings interact and what they do for one another. The way that Korede leaps to the rescue for something Ayoola did was always grounded and true. You get to see her struggling and not knowing if she’s doing the right thing. The relationship between Korede and her mother on the other hand was something that was not as fleshed out as I would like it to be. I really liked the parts that were set in the hospital. The characters there were amazing and I wish we got to see more of them.

Overall I really liked this thriller. I’m not the biggest fans of thrillers so take it from me when I say this is a good one. ( )
  luclicious | Sep 20, 2021 |
The initial setup for the story was great - how do you deal with a sister who's a serial killer? - but it slowly devolves into a personal, angst-driven story about problematic sibling relationships and father issues. While these issues are handled quite well by Braithwaite, they weren't exactly what I was expecting. Also, the story doesn't do anything interesting or goes anywhere with the promising premise.

The characterization is good, especially Korede. The author expertly crafts the narrative from her perspective, giving us a biased view towards her sister and father. Initially, it seemed more of a rivalry, but it soon goes into jealousy and pride, marked with a dash of doubt. It would've been interesting if the author did something sneaky - like pull off a twist? - yet, as you might have guessed, Braithwaite goes nowhere.

I liked the depiction of Ayoola. She's the hot girl who knows she's hot, always getting what she wants. She has men groveling at her feet and can get away with anything. Anything. And that's where the narrator's perspective came into play. Even with Ayoola's flaws, the narrator does not seem to want to hate her, perhaps subverting our expectations from the book. And yet, there's a tension throughout, which, as you might have guessed, doesn't go anywhere.

It's a quick read, something that can be wrapped up in an afternoon. It could've been great, a memorable piece if the narrative had been bolder and more confident in carving its way forward. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Clever, witty and dark. Korede works as a senior nurse in a Nigerian hospital by day. By night, she is an unwilling accomplice to her beautiful, but murderous sister, Ayoola, by helping her dispose of the bodies of her boyfriend victims. I liked Braithwaite's characters, and was amused, especially when a coma patient, to whom Korede has confessed the crimes, suddenly awakens and Korede worries about what he knows. When the doctor Korede likes falls for her sister, she tries to warn him off, but of course, she fails, leading Korede to have to choose between the two. I think I prefer the original title, Thicker Than Water. 3.5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 182) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Without aiming for a grand narrative or stuffing the prose with political history as Nigerian novelists are often tempted, Braithwaite entertains. Braithwaite does provide a candid take on under-discussed social issues but in place of grand commentary about the government and public life, she looks inward and forces a reflection on the problems of the family, and how families can distort people’s lives.
 
It’s strikingly original. Braithwaite sets the Offspring-like inner workings of the hospital, and an almost Mills & Boon style – sisters squabbling over the central love interest, the too-good-to-be-true Dr Tade – against a ruthless examination of a culture where Korede’s father beats his daughters and wife as he tries to sell Ayoola off to a local chief, who points out the 14-year-old girls he wants to marry with his bejewelled cane. At its heart is the idea of beauty and how far it can take you, how quickly it morphs into ugliness.
 
In one respect, it’s classic noir: actions have consequences that are inevitable – but the ending is worlds away from that bleak style, and the pitch-black humour, coupled with the sweltering heat of Lagos, gives a very different feel.
 
With a deadly aim, Braithwaite lobs jokes, japes and screwball comedy at the reader. Only after you turn the last page do you realize that, as with many brilliant comic writers before her, laughter for Braithwaite is as good for covering up pain as bleach is for masking the smell of blood.
 
Braithwaite leaves the reader wondering which of these two sisters is more damaged: the killer, or the killer’s faithful rescuer.
 

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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"-- "Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--

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