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My Sister, the Serial Killer
My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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. Tade, 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 Tade takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with the reality that dating her sister means certain death, this time for a man she cares deeply about. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening.
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JennyM
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What a great, punchy palate cleanser! I didn‘t think there was much meat to the story, but somehow it worked for me.

TrishB Still on my tbr! 1d
JennyM @TrishB it‘s so short you will read it while brushing your teeth 😆 1d
Tanisha_A @JennyM Hahahaha! That comment on @TrishB 's reading speed. Super! 😀 1d
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JennyM @Tanisha_A @TrishB 😘 😆😘 1d
TrishB @JennyM @Tanisha_A I hadn‘t realised it was so little. Pencil it in for brushing teeth time 😂😂 1d
CarolynM My IRL book group chose this for our next read last night. Looking forward to it. 1d
JennyM @CarolynM I found it quick and entertaining. It‘ll be a good one to discuss x 1d
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This was a quick, fun holiday read.

You can't pick your family.
As the saying goes 'Blood is thicker than water.' 🔪🔪🔪

#LitsyAtoZ letter M

JennyM I‘m just starting this now...so far so good 😊 2d
Rissreads @JennyM I finished it in one night. That's the beauty of being on holidays 💚 2d
JennyM @Rissreads we are back to school today - holidays already seem a long time ago 😩 Enjoy yours and give your 🐶 a cuddle from me. Gorgeous ❤️ 2d
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kindergartenkat
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I said goodbye to San Diego this week 😭 I am hoping to make up for missed workouts this coming week.
#BFCR2
Week 3 goal check-in:

Books - 18 of 20

Workouts - 11 of 24

Gardening - 6 of 12

@Caterina @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 🎉 And who doesn‘t love San Diego! ❤️👍🏻 3d
Crazeedi Wow you're doing awesome!!👏❤ 3d
BarbaraJean Sounds like a great week! 🎉👏🏼Except for the leaving San Diego part! ☹️ 3d
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wanderinglynn Wow, that‘s a deep thought. 5d
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ProfReader

Dumb question: Is the man who brings Korede roses, Muhtar?

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ProfReader
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If you or someone on you know has Type 2 Diabetes, please, please, please follow and/or encourage the person to follow doctor‘s orders.

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ProfReader
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If you or someone on you knows has Type 2 Diabetes, please, please, please follow and/or encourage the person to follow doctor‘s orders.

jb72 I just found out I have diabetes. 6d
ProfReader Diabetes is nothing to play with; please do what the doctor says. 😀 6d
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TheBookbabeblog84
Mehso-so

🤷🏾‍♀️ That‘s really all I got. You can catch my thoughts on this book at https://aspiringwriternicolegbrent.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/is-july-going-to-be-...

Twocougs Everyone I know who‘s read it said the same thing, so my copy is still sitting here waiting... 6d
TheBookbabeblog84 It was enjoyable and a quick read but I felt like so much was missing. I applauded her for the effort. I don‘t know of two many Nigerian authors writing mysteries. (Which now I‘m going to google lol) 6d
charl08 I have this one on the TBR... 6d
Scorpioseah Truthful review of this book which I agree totally. 6d
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TheBookbabeblog84
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The serial killer in this book is an over grown child used to getting her way and having people clean up after her. Ayoola, gives me spoiled millennial vibes! 😬. #books #reader #reading

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Mitch
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It was an interesting premise and a rare experience, in that the violence was, in the whole, orchestrated by women, not men. It didn't live up to my expectations though. I was waiting for a darker under tone, a deeper exploration, a broader understanding of the side characters- but I was left a bit empty. It was quick, fun, with two sisters, who's opposing nature's provide comedy & dramatic clashes, that I enjoyed spending time with.

Cathythoughts Yes I bailed .. I found something ‘empty ‘ about it too ... that‘s a good word you have used to describe it 1w
Mitch @Cathythoughts Its my bookclub book this month - so when we meet next week, it'll be interesting to see what others thought. Lots of people have loved it , but yes - just a bit empty! 1w
Soubhiville I agree with you too. I didn‘t care much for it. 1w
JamieArc I‘m in the middle of listening to it and yes, empty is a good word. Glad I‘m not alone in not loving it! 1w
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HeatherBookNerd
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Clever and not quite what I expected- in a good way. A quick, interesting read. Love the cover!

Susannah This is the next selection for my book club. I hope I like it too! 1w
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DGRachel
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#unpopularopinion I don‘t understand the hype. It was a super fast read, but that‘s about the best I can say about it. I HATED Ayoola, she was completely despicable and unrepentant, and I found Korede pathetic. Maybe if I had siblings, I‘d understand the bond and motivations, but I don‘t. 🤷🏻‍♀️#Bailey was kind enough to pose with the book for me. #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #readingbuddy #pibble

Hooked_on_books Such a sweet face! 1w
Soubhiville I didn‘t care for it either. Your pup is cute though! 1w
Slajaunie Look at that sweet face! 💙🐾 1w
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DGRachel @Hooked_on_books @Slajaunie She is my everything. 😍 @Soubhiville Thank God I‘m not the only one! 😆 1w
JamieArc I‘m currently listening to it and not finding it as spectacular as others. I found myself thinking I was glad it‘s almost finished already. Don‘t think I‘d want to spend a whole 8 or 9 hours in this story. 1w
LeahBergen 👉🏻 *boop* 1w
Mitch Just finished this for my bookclub and didn‘t like it either! 2d
DGRachel @Mitch I was so disappointed as I had really high hopes going into this one. 😔 2d
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ProfReader

I already can tell that Ayoola is not the one to mess with!

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Ms_T
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For a relatively short audiobook (4 hours 30 minutes) this story packs a big punch. Telling the tale of the relationship between two sisters, one of whom is a serial killer, this book is a quick and engaging listen with excellent narration from Weruche Opia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

inmegslibrary Oh this book 😍 1w
MarriedtoMrT I thought he narration was fantastic! 1w
batsy So good! I really enjoyed it. 1w
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Melissa_J
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This may be the shortest book I‘ve read this year, but it isn‘t short on quality content. I loved Braitwaite‘s writing, and her characters are fantastic. I‘m looking forward to what‘s next. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sarahbarnes Agreed!! 1w
Joe_Jones I picked this up based on the title and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I can‘t wait to see what the other does next. 1w
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Melissa_J
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It has finally cooled off enough that I can sit out on my back patio without melting. So this afternoon‘s plans involve the two books pictured and my giant glass of iced tea. Tagged book is first up.

ReadingOverSleeping I loved this book! Enjoy!! 1w
Tamra Ahhhh, summer reading. 😌 1w
Pricel101 @ReadingOverSleeping agreed! Enjoy your reading time! 1w
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cherinium I actually just came in about an hour ago, because my window of cooler temps was coming to a close. The rest of my day will be spent indoors with my glorious air conditioning. 1w
Melissa_J @ReadingOverSleeping @Pricel101 I‘ve just finished and agree with you both. It was fantastic 😊 1w
Melissa_J @Tamra @cherinium well, I think I‘m about ready to head inside LOL My dog has decided to sit on my lap and she‘s not likening the heat 😂 1w
rabbitprincess We opened the windows last night and have been able to keep them open today! Ahhhh 😎 1w
LibrarianRyan I liked the awakening but felt book 3 was really rushed. But they added two more books so maybe it ends better now b 1w
Melissa_J @LibrarianRyan this one is book six, the final book in the series. I remember not liking the third book as much as the first two, but have been happy since then. 1w
Melissa_J @rabbitprincess and then today the AC went right back on 😂 1w
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Fun book. Wonderful writing, wicked characters and I really liked the way it ended. Describing Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' as the musical equivalent of a pack of M&M's, brilliant.

britt_brooke All right. I keep seeing good things about this. Moving it up in my TBR! 1w
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Bookzombie
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Two sisters, one a serial killer and one who cleans it all up. How far would your loyalty go? I enjoyed this story when I listened to it in March and have almost convinced myself that I need to revisit it. #LLB19 #FromLibertysFeed

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Mitch
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This months Bookclub pick - think I might devour it on the commute today

GypsyKat Loving your nail polish color! 2w
Mitch @GypsyKat thank you ( I always admire yours too!🤣) - it‘s called NY Islander! One of my dream jobs is being the official namer of nail polish colours! 2w
Aimeesue The audio for this book was amazingly well done. 2w
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GypsyKat @Mitch Ha! Yes! That would be an awesome job! That and naming lipsticks! 😁 2w
readordierachel It's a good one! 2w
lauren.lerner I LOVED this one!! 2w
youneverarrived It‘s brill 👍 2w
juliaTF88 Loved this! So much fun 2w
BridgetteM I enjoyed this one quite a bit! It reminded me of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. 2w
CatalinaSimona18 I am currently reading this book. I found it on Emma Robert's book club and it's great. 2w
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Rachel_nyc
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It‘s been so fun seeing everyone‘s #top6reads of the year so far! Thanks to @BarbaraBB for tagging me to share mine. I‘ve only had five 5 star reads for the year so it was the 6th book that was really difficult. I ultimately included the tagged book because it has really stuck with me months after reading.

MarriedtoMrT I loved My Sister the Serial Killer! 2w
Rachel_nyc @MarriedtoMrT Wasn‘t it wonderful? So much packed into such a short book! 2w
MarriedtoMrT @Rachel_nyc Yes! I listened to the audio and the reader was fantastic. I think my heart was in my throat for most of it. 2w
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MelissaSue81 A Place for Us is on my list too. I am in the Minority that didn‘t much like Sister the Serial Killer 2w
Rachel_nyc @MelissaSue81 I can see how it‘s not for everyone. A Place for Us was so good at depicting relationships between family members. It‘s hard to believe the author is so young and that it was a debut. 2w
Cinfhen Fabulous list!!! Still need to read 2w
vivastory @Cinfhen I really want to read it too. I've had it on my TBR ever since @barbarabb posted about it 2w
Cinfhen SAME @vivastory !!!! And @BarbaraBB put it on her #Top6Reads list too!!!!! 2w
vivastory @Cinfhen I saw that. I took a screenshot of her post, was intrigued by all of the titles. I think I'm going to try to read it in a couple of weeks. 2w
Cinfhen I don‘t have a copy yet @vivastory but if I pick it up, in the next few weeks I‘ll let you know. I think my next book is going to be 2w
vivastory @Cinfhen You're in for a real treat! I hope you love it. If you don't, can you please pretend you do? J/k 😄 2w
BarbaraBB Fab list! My Sister was my number 7, and I loved Cutting For Stones and A Place for Us (read them last year)! 2w
BarbaraBB @vivastory @Cinfhen You flatter me, don‘t have your hopes up too high, I don‘t think everyone loves it as much as Rachel and I do! 2w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Cassandra was my #7. Tough choice between the two. @vivastory @Cinfhen I hope you love The House of Broken Angels! This reminds me I need to read more from him. 2w
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BarbaraBB Loved both Home Fire and My Sister! 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did awesome! 💖📖💖 2w
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Emma3
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book and got through it quickly. It was interesting and I liked reading stories that are set in other cultures

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TheRegular_coffeeandbooks
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Smashed this one out in 2 sittings. It‘s sharp and snappy. I loved it. Definitely recommend.

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I loved this book! I wasn't going to read it, but one of my favorite podcasts (Black Chick Lit) was doing an episode on it so I decided to read it. 3w
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MEGR
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Such a fun, quick read. I read it in two sittings over 24 hrs. I haven‘t read a page turner like this in a long while! 🖤🔪🧽🏥🚨🌹

Nute Stunning! 3w
RachelO Beautiful! 3w
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BooknerdsLife
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For all my Aussie Littens🙌🏼📚 This book is now at reduced price of AUD $4.74 on Amazon-AU!!! Go get it if you haven‘t yet.
Just bought my copy and can‘t wait to read it 🤗📚💖

#ebooks #Kindle #kindlebooks #mystery #fiction #WomensPrizeFiction #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #AussieReaders #readinglife #newbook #bargain #booksales

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sarahbarnes
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Pickpick

An afternoon of thunderstorms at Telluride bluegrass was a perfect reason to read this book. Such a fun psychological portrait where you‘re not sure which character is the most crazy. Both, probably.

Flaneurette Some of my favorite places are Cosmopolitan, Rustico, Butcher and the Baker, and the New Sheridan chophouse. Brown dog pizza really good too. Have a great time, I love Telluride! Almost forgot cowboy coffee cart is great too! 3w
merelybookish Hope you're having fun. And a great book to squeeze in between shows! 3w
sarahbarnes @merelybookish It was amazing!! Thank you! 😃 3w
sarahbarnes @Flaneurette Thank you! Brown Dog pizza saved me the night I got into town - it was great! 3w
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JulietteGF
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Pickpick

It's a perfect summer read: fast, entertaining, light. I really enjoyed this book. I've spent a great time with these two sisters!

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MEGR
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Saturday breakfast 🍳 reading 🍉☕️📖.

Flaneurette Do I spy everything but the bagel seasoning?👍🏻😆 4w
MEGR Yes! I buy 2 or 3 at a time because once they were sold out for a month 😱 4w
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MEGR
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Friday night reading 🥳

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ProfReader

After three months of waiting, I was finally able to check out this novel at the library today!!!!! 🙌

marleed Oh enjoy! It‘s a ride! 4w
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DyAnne
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lunch + ice cream + a bookstore stop with a good friend = an excellent afternoon

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RachelO
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Emily, thank you! I‘ve heard so much good about this one, and the cover‘s so much more striking in real life!Also, don‘t you think Gladstone‘s Library is crying out for a murder mystery to be set in it? Surely someone must have done it already...

Hope you‘re doing well. And thanks again 😊

eraderneely A murder mystery at Gladstone‘s Library would be the best!!! 4w
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IndoorDame
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Who do you tell your secrets to? Who do you give your loyalty to? Who's council do you keep? A fascinating look at the pull between family ties, personal preservation, and empirical morality.

readordierachel Yes! Great description 1mo
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Can I tell you how excited I am that I scored this from the library by my parents‘ house?!? I‘m also obsessed with this mini hardcover format, made even better by some crunchy library plastic covering. (I‘m weird, I know!) If it weren‘t under my mom‘s account, I might consider never bringing it back! 😂

BarbaraBB Great post! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I have his one out from the library currently too! 1mo
merelybookish I love the crunch of library covers too! 1mo
readordierachel I also dig the small hardcovers. And this was a really good read. Enjoy! 1mo
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aschermetz
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It has been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book but I did just that with this one. It has an interesting construct, with short, quick chapters that have shockingly relevant titles. I learned quickly to hold my breath as each chapter revealed itself, sometimes in as few as two or three sentences. This one is actually surprisingly lighthearted while it is at the same time dark and thought-provoking.

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Currey
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#Nigeria First time female author from Nigeria spins a noir yarn with rare wit. However, like all great noir the core themes are quite dark and sobering with sister‘s co-dependency and abusive environments. She doesn‘t quite pull off the ending but nevertheless I rate it a pick.

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ReadingOverSleeping
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a story of how far you'll go for family, a need for connection and figuring out if is there a limit to how far you'll go to protect loved ones. This story is raw, and learning about their abusive past with their father can be heartbreaking. It's a short read but still makes characters come alive. #teamnosleep for #mysisterisaserialkiller

SW-T It was a good book 😊 1mo
ReadingOverSleeping @SW-T I knew how it would likely end, I was hoping for more from Korede :/ 1mo
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jdiehr
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I would have never picked this up had it not been for Litsy! #litsymademedoit

A short, captivating book about loyalty, family and how far you would go to protect them.

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Ms_T
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Love it when a book I‘ve been after for ages becomes an #AudibleDailyDeal. I grabbed this straight away 😃

BarbaraBB Enjoy. It‘s a good one! 1mo
Ms_T @BarbaraBB Thank you, that‘s great to hear! 1mo
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ReadingOverSleeping
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A different kind of thriller! Looking forward to this read immensely, I was giddy when the library called to say it was returned 😁 #mysistertheserialkiller #letsgo

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TheSpineView
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#manicmonday @JoScho

📘 Tagged
🎥 Men in Black
🎶 Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

JoScho All great answers! 1mo
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Dolly
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Not quite as good as I imagined it but still a very good listen.

Booksnchill Agreed 2mo
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NatalieR
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I‘m impressed by the creativity of this author. I liked the story of a female serial killer, which is unique. Interesting family dynamics of Nigerian culture that I enjoyed learning a bit about. I was pleasantly surprised by the turns of the story. Very engaging.

KathyWheeler I liked this book. Beautiful flowers.❤️ 2mo
sudi Pretty Picture 💖 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've had this one on the TBR for a while and am really looking forward to it! 2mo
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NatalieR @TheAromaofBooks I hope you enjoy it! 😊 2mo
PaperbackPirate Seems like everyone either loves this book or hates this book. Glad it was good for you! 1mo
NatalieR Thanks! Me too! 😆 1mo
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Jenken1998
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Well that was creepy fun! Read straight through. A story of two sisters. One a sociopathic killer. The other always cleaning up after her. How strong are these dysfunctional family bonds when the man killer sets her sights on the saving sisters dream man. This was a deliciously dark satirical read that kept me turning pages. 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡

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RainyDayReading
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Quick and engaging I really enjoyed my time with this one. There are some pieces that are open to interpretation at the end but I rather liked that fact. It's short but atmospheric and I loved the amount of character depth we got. The glimpse into a place and culture different from mine was great and I already miss this story. If you're looking for a quick read about the murderous bond between sisters, for better or worse, check this out.

Liatrek Great review😊 this just got bump a little higher on my to buy list. 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! I enjoyed this book, too! 2mo
teainthelibrary Loved your review - I felt the exact same way! And I thought the ending was PERFECT! Cryptic and super creepy. 2mo
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RainyDayReading @Liatrek Thank you! It‘s worth the bump up. I‘ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a copy when I go out and about now. 2mo
RainyDayReading @teainthelibrary Thank you! The ending was great! And I don‘t often say that when it comes to books haha. I‘m hard to please when it comes to endings. 2mo
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#MayMovieMagic #easy I bailed on this one #unpopularopinion I know( maybe I bailed too easy ) . Still it can‘t be #easy having a sister who is a serial killer 😳

TrishB I‘ve not got to this one yet, have it on my kindle! 2mo
Cinfhen I loved this one ☝🏾 maybe try again another time. I think you‘d like it @TrishB and it‘s a quick read 2mo
marleed I started and finished it yesterday. I kept thinking, how wrong is it that I like this book!? 2mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m definitely going to give it a go, if just hasn‘t called to me yet! 2mo
Cathythoughts @marleed I just finished a book too & I can‘t really use the word “ enjoyed “ ... but it was brilliant all the same 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @TrishB yes maybe wrong timing for me. May try again some time 👍🏻 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve seen lots of Litsy love for this book, but it hasn‘t called to me ..🤷‍♀️ 2mo
rohit-sawant Nice choice! 💜 What @erzascarletbookgasm said. Hopefully will pick it up soon. 2mo
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Dolly
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It was necessary to start this book twice as I fell asleep and lost my place in the audio. The first time I saw no humor but that changed on the second go round. Odd. Now I wonder how much one‘s frame of mind has to do with enjoyment of a given read. Seems unfair to an author...

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marleed
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Well, I don‘t know what to say (‘er type) except once started, I couldn‘t stop until I finished!

DebinHawaii It's definitely compelling reading! 😉 2mo
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DebinHawaii
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Finished up this audiobook today while #audiocooking or I guess more #audiopreserving some pickled sweet peppers & blackberry-rosemary drinking shrub. Dark, smartly written, funny at times & absorbing. I loved the Nigerian setting & the relationship between the sisters. How far will Korede go to protect her beautiful younger sister especially when Ayoola now has what Korede wants. The audiobook moves quickly & the narration is excellent. 👍👍📚

marleed I just experienced this book today, as well! Oh my goodness! 2mo
rachelm Loved this one! 2mo
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