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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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MaleficentBookDragon
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My library's Books and Beans #bookclub had the bonus of a free psychic reading at the restaurant.

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readordierachel
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Simmering with tension and bleak themes, but this somehow manages to be a light, quick, sometimes funny read. That balance is what makes it so clever. It's the kind of book that gives you so much insight that the lines of right and wrong begin to blur a little. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Theaelizabet Good review. I loved this book. 4d
Dragon Great review, stacking! 😀🐉 4d
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! I'm looking forward to whatever she writes next. 4d
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readordierachel @Dragon Thanks! I hope you like it. 4d
batsy Clever review! Great description of the book's subtle charm/power. 4d
Reggie I still can‘t get over her dancing to Whitney Houston and the “Let‘s play Clue!!!” Lol, nice review, Rachel. 3d
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💚 3d
readordierachel @Reggie Right? That and all the Snapchat references! 3d
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jlowery999
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I'm sorry, I really didn't get this ...

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monalyisha
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#weekendreads
1. I just finished 2 books (print & audio!) so I‘m not currently reading anything (aside from poems).😱 I brought My Sister, the Serial Killer with me on our overnight trip to Portsmouth NH, though. I might have time to start it...but probably not.
2. Melmoth for #LMPBC
3. Dumplin‘, which wasn‘t as good as I wanted it to be. It was cute but whole characters were cut & Willowdean rolled her eyes TOO much. 🙄 Anyone else not love it?

GondorGirl Dumplin' was once of the only times I liked a movie better then the book. She was so damn frustrating and self-absorbed. 6d
monalyisha @GondorGirl That‘s so funny! I thought she was way more likable in the book than in the movie. I thought her personality was developed so much more. She was a stubborn jerk, for sure, & yeah, selfish. But surmountably-so, I thought — an understandable amount for her age & what she was going through. And it felt like she criticized the pageant less bitterly & less consistently. In the movie, that felt like WHO SHE WAS: just anti-pageant & thats it. 6d
monalyisha @GondorGirl P.S. My husband accidentally used my bath bomb from your package yesterday. 😆 He said it was awesome. I almost posted a picture he sent me of his hairy legs in the bath but I restrained myself. (I was saving him a different bath bomb — a green one with a rune stone hidden inside — but he got confused 🙈). (edited) 6d
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GondorGirl @monalyisha That's amazing! I hope he felt perfectly spoiled after his bath! 😂 6d
Stacy_31 I didn‘t think Jennifer Aniston was a very believable mother for Willowdean, either. 💁 6d
BarbaraJean Your font annotations are perfectly hilarious! Or hilariously perfect? 🤣 (edited) 6d
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

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ktsipp
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A very quick read, & enjoyable.

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DarcysMom
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TheSpineView Good job! 1w
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DarcysMom
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RedxoHearts
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I didn't know what to expect from this book but it was interesting. It was a quick read and I enjoyed the short chapters. I liked how the author kept switching between current day to when the sister's father was alive. Usually I don't like that but it did help the reader learn more about the sister's past.

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RiotousReads
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Anyone who‘s interested in true crime has at some point scoffed and muttered derisively under their breath that *they* would have done something to stop it.

But would you? Really?

Korede finds herself in a situation where she has to find out, since her sister is, in fact...a serial killer.

I really liked it! Unexpectedly fun for such a dark topic - would definitely recommend.

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KerryLibME
My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Audiobook for bus ride home.

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rachelm
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Listening to this while the kids do some watercolor. I call this “watercolor warthog in sunshine”

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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A great debut and super fast read. Braithwaite strikes a great balance between the snippy sibling rivalry and the darker nature of this particular sisterly bond. Another new author to watch out for!

KatieDid927 Yes. Loved this. 2w
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RedxoHearts
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Started reading this one recently. Now that the rain has all passed it's a nice evening outside.

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bridge12
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Finished this quick read. It was a really enjoyable read. This book was a gem of a read that immersed you into Korede‘s life. Highly recommend because I could barely put it down

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hannahx
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Loved it. Super easy to read and understand, with an interesting storyline. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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hannahx
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Getting me out of my funk...
Love how quick and to the point this book is. Exactly what I need after starting and stopping so many others.

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crazyspine
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April reads- better late than never

Victoriahoperose Loved No Exit and Small Great Things! 2w
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BookofWords
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I wish I could give this book 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘bc that‘s how good it is. The chapters are short and art is fully crafted. Like little vignettes into the sisters‘ lives. I cant recommend this book enough!

Hazel0303 I loved this book!!! 2w
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Megnogged
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So glad I got to spend some quality reading time outside this weekend! #booksandbrews #readingoutside #patioseason

RaimeyGallant Great choice for it! 3w
JohannaRose Do you like this book so far? 2w
Megnogged @JohannaRose Yes, really enjoying it so far!! It‘s so good! And funnier than I was expecting. 2w
JohannaRose @Megnogged Awesome, thank you! 😊 2w
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I listened to this audio as a #BlameLitsy choice. Honestly I felt it was over hyped. It was ok, but not great for me.

I would do a lot for my family, but draw the line at cleaning up murder victims. No thanks.

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Aimeesue
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#audiowalk with the doggos.
The audio version, read by Adepero Oduye, is excellent.

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candority
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Before I moved, I did a bit of a book #unhaul by donating books to my local library and selling a few to an independent used bookstore. Most of them I read and enjoyed, but I won‘t read them again and would rather someone else enjoy them. A couple of them I didn‘t read, but have lost interest in (I can always get them from the library if my interest is renewed).

MrBook #NiceStack! Wait, you just moved too? 2w
LauraJ Happy Birthday!!! 🎉🎈🎂 2w
candority @LauraJ Thank you! 🎉 2w
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GhostStories
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What a fun listen! This is an enjoyable, fast-paced comedy-mystery. Set firmly in Lagos, it‘s enjoyable not only for the plot but for the strong sense of place and observations on gender, education, and class. By objectifying women, the men lose their humanity. If men see women as objects to be used, then killing them is only enacting upon them in a literal sense the same treatment. More enjoyably, it didn‘t go where I thought it would!

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DebinHawaii
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I didn't get very far in my library checkout of this book so I used an #Audible credit so I could listen to it. It's today's audiosouping pick. Today's soup is a simple vegetarian Taco Soup which doesn't look like much at the moment, but smells incredible & just wait until the toppings are on it. 😋🍲Finished soup pics to come later. Happy Cinco de Mayo Sunday! 🌮🎉💃🏻

Texreader It sounds delish! 3w
Bookwormjillk That looks amazing! 3w
LeahBergen That sounds wonderful! 🥣 3w
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teainthelibrary
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This book shook me! The suspense and the dread were palpable. It was creepy and eerie, with the satire on point. While it‘s a quick read, there‘s a lot to unpack here and I found myself thinking about it for a long time after finishing. I‘m super excited to see more from Oyinkan Braithwaite.

BooknerdsLife I want o read this book badly too! 3w
teainthelibrary @BooknerdsLife can‘t wait to hear what you think when you do! 3w
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BennettBookworm
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Usually this is not the kind of title I‘d go for, but I trusted the reviews and it was so worth it! From start to finish this book was such an exciting, heartfelt, unique read. It‘s short but packs QUITE a punch! Love discovering new authors and I would absolutely read more by Braithwaite.
As someone with sisters I totally related to the feeling that you‘d do anything for them- “Lord help the mister/who comes between me and my sister!”

mabell Love the song reference! 😂 3w
BennettBookworm @mabell I‘m so glad!! 😆🎶 3w
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JohannaRose @Sharteau omg the song reference on this post!!! This makes me so happy lol 😻😻 3w
SarahHarts_books @JohannaRose I know!!! It made me think of you and Lo right away of course!!! 😂😂😂 3w
LiteraryinLititz Luckily we don‘t have any experience with cleaning up each other‘s murders, though! 😬 3w
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BennettBookworm
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This week I took myself on an independent bookstore crawl in the West Village!🗽🗽🗽

LiteraryinLititz Sounds like fun!! 3w
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BBooks
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This book is so good I want to finish and don't at the same time

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Gnora
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My April 2019 reads! Busy month! #readinglog

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Howseldomtheydo
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The Cherry Blossoms are blooming! #litsywalkers #currentlyreading

Cortg Gorgeous! 3w
Lynnsoprano Oh, my! 3w
Lindy 🎉🌸 3w
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RachelO Beautiful! 3w
Tamra Sight for sore eyes! 3w
Christine So, so pretty! 3w
kspenmoll So beautiful!!! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Love them, so pretty! 🌸 3w
CarolynM 😍😍😍 3w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 3w
Tera66 Lovely💖 2w
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RebL
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I wouldn‘t wash my brother‘s dishes, much less clean up his murders, but I did recommend this book to him. (Also, we have a long history of watching out for each other, so please don‘t cross him to test the strength of my words.)

Reggie Lol nice post!! 4w
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Frecks-Booklover4life
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Listened to this one via audible and I loved it! I even listened to it outside of the car which I hardly ever do! Great narration! Quick and short chapters! Would def recommend it!

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 150: Rife with Storytelling with Sara

Jenny and Sara combat humidity and allergies to get together to chat books. We cover escapes and intergalactic refugees, snakes and fish, serial killers and out of print reads. Jenny can't decide on a third book so discusses three more books, and Sara has a word bleeped out from a story too funny not to include.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy150

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Addison_Reads
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What a crazy ride! I've seen lots of good reviews about this book, which made me a little uneasy when I started it. I loved it though. 😸

The co-dependent sister relationship was well done. The two sisters were an interesting contrast to each other, and even though the basis of the story is a serial killer, I have to admit the fast paced story was fun to read.

I'm excited to read more by this author. 💜

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Josiedlove
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BkClubCare Great read 1mo
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Kappadeemom
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Almost finished with this book. So glad that you Littens talked me into reading it!

TheLibrarian 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl 😳😂😂🤓 1mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Wow. I don't have coherent thoughts about it right now since I literally finished less than 5 minutes ago. Can't wait to hear the Black Chick Lit podcast about this one.

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Getting in a little reading this morning. Prep for the next episode of Black Chick Lit.

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Jeannineth
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My breakfast this morning included my book. I am enjoying My Sister the Serial Killer but it‘s not what I expected. Anyone read this?

Theaelizabet I did. Loved it. 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I loved every single subversive word. 5🌟

Ashley_Nicoletto This was just such a weird little delight. 1mo
Megabooks Same!! 1mo
RebL This is loaded for me rn. Going to finish current read & get on it. 1mo
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Cinfhen Hell yeahs!!!!! 1mo
HardcoverHearts One sitting read and it was great! 1mo
BarbaraBB Same 💜 1mo
batsy Yes! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve heard such good things. 1mo
Mdargusch Oooh 5 stars! I still need to read this! Or am I too old. 👵🏻 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Mdargusch 🤔I definitely wouldn‘t say there is an age limit but I think you have to appreciate DARK humor. Like Dexter level dark humor. 1mo
Mdargusch I love dark humor! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Mdargusch Go for it! It‘s a quick read. 1mo
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Pricel101
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It‘s a cold & rainy day but Tucker is willing me to put down my book and take him for a walk 😌☔️🐾🐾 how can I resist those eyes? #litsywalkers #dogsoflitsy

Velvetfur Aaawww look at that little face! ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived Awww 🥰 1mo
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Jeannineth
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We are here at the LA Times Festival of Books. I met Roxanne Gay, Josh Malerman, Paul Trembley, and other authors and poets. Oh my. Last night I started My Sister The Serial Killer.

LiteraryinLititz Have an amazing time at the festival! 1mo
AmyG Ooooo fun! 1mo
SW-T Yay! Enjoy the festival 😊 1mo
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BornReadChicago
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Just finished this lil‘ book and I totally get the hype - originality and suspense in spades. What I did not expect was my unmitigated righteous ANGER, mostly on Korede‘s behalf! 🤬 Whew. Got worked up again just thinking about it!

MicheleinPhilly I just started reading this today and I totally get what you‘re saying. I‘m about halfway through and I had to take a break because it was making me 😤. 1mo
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Josiedlove
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Since my eyes woke up like I‘m going to work, I guess I will start this gem on this rainy day off.... ☔️💦

#mysistertheserialkiller #oyinkanbraithwaite #eyesareheavy #iwanttosleepbuteyeswontcloseb #readingtime📖 #readingismagic #bookstagram #bookswag #bookworm #bookporn #bookpics #readingismytherapy

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taraWritesSci
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Wow. I read this in one sitting; completely hooked from start to finish.

I'll add a comment with spoiler for more as I can't say anything without ruining the book. This one definitely lives up to the hype.

taraWritesSci So the entire time I loathed the sister Ayoola, her selfishness and entitlement is gross, and the way she leaves Korende to clean up everything in her wake, just grates. But then in the ending it's revealed that neither sister is really at the mercy of the other. They're simply doing what needs to be done to survive. A great read that makes you stop and rethink your judgment. 1mo
Reggie Nice comment! 1mo
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lauren.lerner
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Evening read. I‘ve heard good things about this satirical Nigerian slasher novel & I‘m looking forward to reading something so dramatically different from everything else I‘ve read so far this year.

🔪💀📚
#currentlyreading #kindle #diversereads #readtheworld

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bookwrm526
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I finally got to this one, and I‘m glad I did! It wasn‘t exactly what I was expecting, but it was an excellent look at family dynamics and how they interact with ideas of morality and duty. The audiobook was very well done. This was book by an author from Nigeria for #ReadingWomenChallenge

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Maddycht
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This is a short story that I wish was a little longer. Such a great read. Very quick paced, characters you fall in love with and a story line that was very developed. It‘s a pick. 👍