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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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Rollinsfan1

Fantastic so far. Poetically written.

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JenniferP
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My airplane reading today. Hooked me right in!

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SomedayAlmost
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“It takes a whole lot longer to dispose of a body than to dispose of a soul...” -Oyinkan Braitywaite. Started this much-lauded thriller today. Love the witty tone. Want to teach it before Bouchercon, but it counts for #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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LibLib
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Seeing enough recommendations on Litsy I figured I'd give this a go! It wasn't what I expected, but it didn't disappoint. Fast paced and kept your mind guessing what was going to happen next. Anyone looking for a super quick read, I've got a book to lend you! #serialkiller #nottooscary #funread #femaleauthor #recommend

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purebugbeauty72
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Just started on Audible today. Sucked me right in!

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ProfReader
My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Mehso-so

While I enjoyed reading this novel, I was really let down at the end. There were some unanswered questions for me; therefore, I feel like Braithwaite needs a sequel.

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Mehso-so

It was choppy and not a flowing storyline, which is why I am giving this book a so-so rating. I think the depth in which the characters are explored was great however, and especially enjoyed the exploration of Korede‘s guilt & reasoning in helping her sister; I also loved her intriguing and against all odds friendship with her patient Muhtar. I‘m on the fence with this one as I did love the overall premise but the format just wasn‘t my cup of tea.

Sace I did the audiobook for this and really liked it. 2w
LaurenELovesToRead @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I did like it, I just found the book jumped around a lot and so was hard to follow, maybe the audiobook would have suited me better! I feel the audiobook may have allowed me to really get into the authors mind and move through the narrative with her, get what she wanted me to think and feel. I am not an audiobook person but it may have suited this particular book. (edited) 2w
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Avidreader25
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This whirlwind of a novel is short and sharp. I loved the author‘s voice and listened to the whole thing almost without stopping. If books were alcoholic drinks this would be a shot of something strong. The title says it all. A nurse struggles with the moral dilemma of protecting her beautiful sister versus protecting the men who are her potential victims. Can‘t wait to read whatever this author writes next.

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theladygreer
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Lives up to the hype! Really enjoyed it on audio. It unfolded more or less as I expected, but I still enjoyed the ride.

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tattersalt
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Mehso-so

This was breezy and enjoyable but not particularly amazing.. I wonder why it was longlisted for the Booker prize? Am I missing something?

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mdm139
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Been in a reading slump so I thought I would go buy 2 new books and go to the coffee shop for a bit, try to get some reading done without distractions from the house. Plus I get to wear one of my favorite fall outfits.

julesG Loooooove the tights/leggings. 3w
Bookishthoughts Good choices!👏👏 2w
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Joanne1
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Ripped through this one on two short flight on our way to beautiful Daydream Island. It was not quite what I was expecting but was really perfect travel reading. Super engaging but nothing too mentally taxing.

CarolynM I love the Whitsundays. So beautiful😍 Hope you get some sunshine. 3w
Joanne1 @CarolynM this is our first time. I love the South Pacific so we‘ve usually sought the sun in that part of the world. It‘s probably about time we visited this part of our own country. Sadly I think we‘re expecting overcast days the whole time but it‘s warm at least. 2w
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tattersalt
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I‘m on leave for a week and enjoying this as my first holiday read.

nichollinlove Not my typical type of read but it sounds fascinating! I might make this an October pick for Halloween! Review when you're done! I'm anxious to hear your thoughts! Welcome to Litsy! 2w
tattersalt Thank you! Just finished and made a new post with a review. Enjoyable but not mind-blowing. Reading other reviews, I believe I may have missed some of the subtler satire, or at least I wasn‘t moved by it. But it was still fun and it‘s only novella-length so definitely worth a go for Halloween 😊 2w
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Joanne1
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We‘re heading north for some sun and a mini holiday. Of course I‘ve packed more books than I could possibly read but that makes me feel good.

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Devyn
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Literally didn‘t have time to post about reading this because I read it so fast. This is up there as one of the best books I‘ve read this year. It‘s just wonderful. The characters are so frustrating but somehow endearing. The storytelling is concise with no moment that feels unnecessary or dragging. I can not wait for the author to put out more of her work because it‘s going to be an immediate purchase for me.

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kathedron
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I wasn't expecting to like this, much less to read it in a day! The hype led me to expect it to be more flippant: it's not without humour but I found it sharp rather than darkly comic. Despite the title it's Korede's book, the plain elder sister whose cultural and personal upbringing predetermine her to look out for gorgeous Ayoola. Is Ayoola really the villain of the piece, though, or is it the family, in which violence is perpetrated and hidden?

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jenniferajanes
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How far would you go to protect your family? That‘s what Korede has to decide when it becomes evident that her sister, Ayoola, has a tendency to kill her boyfriends. The writing is very good, although the story is disturbing. I‘m interested in reading more from this author.

AmyG While a crazy story, I really enjoyed this book. (edited) 4w
jenniferajanes @AmyG 🤩📚 4w
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StellaDz
My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure what I was expecting from this book. While I did enjoy it, I was slightly underwhelmed. ☹️ Maybe it was too fast, maybe it didn‘t focus on where I wanted. I was left grasping for something.

It covers a lot for a short book. While being a satire, it covers sibling bonds and rivalry, familial abuse, Nigerian culture, and strangely, love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AnneCecilie
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This book was exactly what I needed, fast paced and intriguing characters.

“Ayoola summons me with these words-Korede, I killed him.
I had hoped I would never hear those words again.”

With a beginning that like that, it‘s impossible not to get hooked on the story.

It‘s about family dynamics and sisters, and consequences from physical abuse.

My 6th book from the Booker Longlist and my 2nd for #ABookAWeek hosted by @TheReadingMermaid

Jenken1998 I enjoyed this one too! 1mo
cleoh So good! 1mo
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vivastory
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There's a #bizarrelovetriangle at the heart of this short book that packs a wallop. I'm looking forward to seeing what Braithwaite publishes next.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Ruthiella Ooh! Good one! 1mo
vivastory @Ruthiella Thanks! 1mo
arlenefinnigan Hearing very good things about this 1mo
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Rachel_nyc Loved this book! So much going on between the lines. 1mo
gradcat On my TBR. ♥️ 1mo
readordierachel Me too! 1mo
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DavidDiamond
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Thoroughly enjoyed this witty black comedy about two sisters, one of whom has...shall we say...some issues. A quick, fun read!

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DavidDiamond
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So basically “maga” means the same thing in Nigerian Pidgin as it does in English! Who knew!😂😂

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AkashPhoenix
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A quote by Jim Morrison in this book left me speechless and spellbound. It takes you deeper everytime you read it again!

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AkashPhoenix
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The book in itself has amazing storyline and unique. Not diving into minds of a serial killer or any investigation as the name says it instead goes into the mind of Korede the elder sister and how she pictures her younger sibling Ayoola, whose a serial killer maybe cuz of her disturbed childhood.

Detailed Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2967097672

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AkashPhoenix
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Love is not a weed,
It cannot grow where it please…

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AkashPhoenix
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I cannot imagine her resorting to stabbing if that particular knife were not in her hand; almost as if it were the knife and not her that was doing the killing.

Strange how sometimes THiNGs carry an Aura to overpower an individuals thought process. Like being Possessed!

ShelfRighteous Are you listening to the audiobook? The narration for this book is one of its best things 1mo
AkashPhoenix @ShelfRighteous I was reading but thanks for ur suggestions now listening on Audible and rightly said the narration is really amazing! 1mo
ShelfRighteous @AkashPhoenix Yess😬🙌 1mo
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AkashPhoenix
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I dare you to find a flaw
in her beauty;
or to bring forth a woman
who can stand beside
her without wilting.

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AnneCecilie
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My current read hasn‘t hooked my jet so I thought I should put it on hold for a few days, and try something else instead.

So I hope this will hook me. I‘ve seen a lot of love for this, and it has been Longlist for both the Women‘s Prize for Fiction and the Booker this year.

Aimeesue I'm not sure how much I would have liked it in print. The audiobook was really, really good. There's something about hearing the cadences of Nigerian accented English that made it excellent. I really like to listen to audiobooks where the voice actors are speaking in the right accent for each character. Treasure Island read in a Scots accent is way better than when it's read in an American one! 1mo
ShelfRighteous @Aimeesue Now that you have said it, I cant agree with it more! Her accent and her tone is what made this book awesome for me🤩 @AnneCecilie I hope you enjoy this book! 1mo
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Ange44
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#tenatatime #tbr #25. A couple of Halloween type books on this one since it‘s my fave holiday.

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AudreyMorris
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Mehso-so

I was hoping the title would not be a true depiction of the book—but it is. Longlisted for the Booker Prize and a short fast read, but just not my thing. I loved the depiction of Nigeria, did not like the sociopathic family. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Andrea4
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I enjoyed this quick audio read (narration was great btw!)!
Many review this as being darkly humorous but, oddly, I didn't find myself chuckling too much- here and there sure but I found it more just straightforward. I found less darkness in the murders than in what motivated them and perhaps, still the question of justification.
This is another Nigerian set novel I loved- culturally, I adore seeing the differences.

janeycanuck I didn‘t laugh much either! 1mo
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Kboltz
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Quick book and fun to read. The title tells you it all but the way one sister has to protect and defend her younger sister is told in a weird comical way. Fun short book. Think Dexter‘s crazy female counterpart!:)

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janeycanuck
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An #audiocanning day. For such a short book, a lot happens! This one deserves all the buzz it got, it‘s so good. I‘d love to read a good long juicy novel from Braithwaite.

Melissa_J I really enjoyed this one, too! 1mo
Lcsmcat Your canning is making my mouth water! Is that Chow Chow on the left? 1mo
janeycanuck @Lcsmcat Zucchini relish. I‘ve never heard of chow chow, what is it? 1mo
Lcsmcat @janeycanuck It‘s a type of Southern vegetable relish. It looks a lot like yours. Here‘s a recipe and picture. https://www.tasteofsouthern.com/chow-chow-relish/ 1mo
janeycanuck @Lcsmcat ooh, looks tasty! 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I kept an open mind diving into this due to the mixed reviews. Perhaps not literary-award material, but I find it surprisingly fresh and fun! The characters are unlikeable (which I have a thing for) but I enjoy the ‘straight-face‘ wit and mocking narrative that crackles throughout the novel. Among the humour, there‘s darkness as the sisters‘ childhood is revealed. Other likes : vibrant backdrop of Lagos, 👇

erzascarletbookgasm ..(cont.) the complicated sisters relationship, strong women, men victims, the poems. Suspend disbelief a little, you‘ll probably have fun! 😉 1mo
Megabooks Definitely need to suspend disbelief. I think the people who don‘t enjoy this, don‘t enjoy doing that, from what I‘ve read in reviews. I loved this book, but it‘s definitely not reality! Great review! 1mo
Cathythoughts I like review 👍🏻. “ fresh & fun “ good words to describe this. I‘m afraid I bailed. But I really like your take on this one 1mo
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mabell Great review, and terrific photo! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Divided opinions on this, and we all can‘t like the same books. 😊 Love your new profile pic btw. New hairstyle? 1mo
Cathythoughts Letting the grey grow out 👵🏻 thanks x (edited) 1mo
batsy Perfect review and photo 💛 1mo
Ruthiella Love the picture! A perfect detail for those who have read it! 🧤😍 1mo
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BrooklynBookGirl
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Mehso-so

Eh.

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leahsbookishobsession
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Mehso-so

MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C
FEATURING⇢

Novelle Length
Dead Bodies
Familial/Sister Bonds
Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Nigeria Setting
With Audio Performed by Adepero Oduye

See my sorta full review here: https://leahsbookishobsession2.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-sister-serial-killer-by-o...

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mngraham
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Two sisters. One is a serial killer, and one cleans up her messes. But what happens when the serial killer steals the heart of the man that her sister loves? This was a fast and fun read. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The ending even hinted at a sequel. This is the first book in a while that I had a hard time putting down. This is definitely a book I would read again and again.

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collegecatlady
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This is such a darkly witty story that makes you rush through, laughing and being shocked the whole way. This is easily read in one sitting and was so engaging. I loved this debut and it really deserves all of the praise it is receiving!

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mngraham
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It's been a long time since I've read anything on my kindle but I'm excited to read this one

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Jsbrown
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When I‘m reading a “difficult” book (Ulysses) I like to have a side chick. My side chick is usually a good beach book that I can enjoy without much thought. My sister, the serial killer fulfilled all my needs... it was fun and easy in bed, didn‘t take up too much of my time, and was over in a single night. I highly recommend😉

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KirstieE
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Big fan of this one ! This was definitely a #blameitonlitsy as I kept seeing this pop up everywhere!

Really fast paced thriller that had me guessing how it would all end !

4 ⭐️

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bookvixen
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Mehso-so

I have mix feeling about this book, I thought the storyline was good but I was hoping that Korede would do the right thing in the end, sadly this does not happen.

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Airykah13
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Mehso-so

I did most of this on audio and while the narrator was great, both sisters got on my nerves. And what was up with the ending??

🌟🌟1/2

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Krose1
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Mehso-so

Though I did enjoy it, I‘m not sure it lived up to the hype for me. I enjoyed the push pull of loyalty to family and right and wrong, but I wish there was more than just allusion to a few of the action points.

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Susannah
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For its length, I thought this was extremely effective. I‘ve never read a book this, what ... impressionistic? ... that worked for me so well. The only thing I was uncertain about was that so many people call it satire. Does Oyinkan Braithwaite describe it that way? Because there was very little about it that made me think it satirical, and I don‘t mean that as a criticism of anything but the society that might drive a woman to murder. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Susannah BTW, I read this for my book club, and I really recommend it for a group read. There is a lot to be discussed here. 2mo
KathyWheeler I didn‘t understand the satire description either. It‘s also been called humorous too, and I didn‘t get that. I did love the book though — I just don‘t think it‘s either of those things. 2mo
MamaGina I really liked this one and think it has been on so many lists because she‘s able to convey so much meaning with so few words. I saw irony and layers of meaning in some of the prose but definitely not humor or satire 🤓 2mo
Susannah @KathyWheeler I agree. It almost feels like calling it satirical and humorous is a way to make a female serial killer more palatable, which, just, aargh. I‘d love to read more about what the publishing industry apparently thought it had to do to market this book—and how it reflects some of the book‘s themes. Honestly, I don‘t know whether to be fascinated or appalled. I‘m kinda both. 2mo
Susannah @MamaGina YES. So much of what I read feels bloated, so this book was refreshing for the way it presented its characters and told its story. I love what you said about irony and layers of meaning. The more I think about and discuss the book, the more depth I perceive it to have. 2mo
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ShelfRighteous
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The book has Korede's inner monologue as she tries to protect her younger sister Ayoola, who has a habit of killing her boyfriends. The book is witty and humourous and Braithwaite excels as manipulating the reader just as masterfully as Ayoola manipulates men. The twist at the end sheds some light on the sisters' relationship. Overall an impressive book.
Anyone who has already read it, what do you think about the cliffhanger at the end?

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TheEllieMo
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On the whole, I enjoyed this one, but I am not convinced it‘s worthy of a Booker nomination. It‘s a quick read, though, so only added 1 hr 5 mins to my readathon totals finishing it this morning. And since then I‘ve been at a retro festival and haven‘t read at all. My #24b4Monday and #SummersEndReadathon totals will be abysmal 😂

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Minervasbutler
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Not some blood-drenched slasher crime thriller but a smart, blackly comic exploration of family secrets and sibling rivalry set in Lagos where beautiful, sexy, younger sister Ayoola has begun bumping off her boyfriends and sensible big sister Korede gets roped in to help with the clean-up afterwards. It's also grimly comic about how so many of us get validation from social media and revealing about the status of women in Nigeria. Great.

Bookzombie I feel so lame, because I just noticed the reflection in her sunglasses. 2mo
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hollyhug-hes
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Enjoying some light reading in Morrison's with a latte and chocolate muffin with my mum ❤️
Excellent book so far!

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 2mo
ShelfRighteous We're reading the same book! Exactly halfway thru it now! How are you enjoying it?😁 2mo
hollyhug-hes Woop! Same, I'm halfway too! I'm really liking it, I've never read anything like this before so it's freshing. How are you finding it? 2mo
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dxmy
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5/5⭐

I LOVED THIS. It's hilarious and brutal and I adore every little thing about it!! I really hope this one at least gets on the shortlist for the Man Booker, it definitely deserves it in my opinion! Great writing, great pace and a gruesomely entertaining read!