Fantastic so far. Poetically written.
My airplane reading today. Hooked me right in!
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
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.
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.
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.
I‘m on leave for a week and enjoying this as my first holiday read.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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, 👇
MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C
Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
With Audio Performed by Adepero Oduye
See my sorta full review here: https://leahsbookishobsession2.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-sister-serial-killer-by-o...
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.
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😉
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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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?
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 😂
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.
Enjoying some light reading in Morrison's with a latte and chocolate muffin with my mum ❤️
Excellent book so far!
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!