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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel (urspr publ 2017; utgåvan 2018)

av Oyinkan Braithwaite (Författare)

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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"--… (mer)
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Titel:My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
Författare:Oyinkan Braithwaite (Författare)
Info:Doubleday (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 240 pages
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Loved the clear flow of the language and the story, loved the structure - short chapters and the to and fro of time that keeps the reader on their toes, loved the characters. Terrifyingly all the characters have names and personality except the house girl and the painter of a picture of the house. I was upset to finish abruptly when I thought there were several chapters to go, but happy to read the interview with the author that filled the final pages. It seems the plot and novel arrived in a rush. That may account for how fresh the writing feels but it is never at the expense of quality. The darkness mixes well with the comedy and a deep feeling of the ties between people. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
I love the economy of prose that says so much. Recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jan 17, 2021 |
As one could guess from the title, this is a touching story about murder and family loyalty, written with a good share of tension and wit. ( )
  jasonrkron | Jan 15, 2021 |
3.5 stars for what turns out to be based on the premise of the story, improbably a light and breezy read. I'm not sure if this is meant to be taken seriously. One sister is a serial killer of her boyfriends and the other sister helps her clean up the mess and hide what she's done. Nevertheless there is humor and a lighthearted, no worries, my sister doesn't really mean to do it attitude. It is perfectly clear that Ayoola definitely means to do it but her big sister, Korede, will protect her at all costs. The humor is subtle but the jabs at men and their desire for a pretty face are not very subtle. The story was extremely quick moving with short, rather abrupt chapters. Don't read this if you are looking for deep character development. I enjoyed it but I don't think I remember the details for long. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
Older siblings are often like surrogate parents to their younger brothers and sisters. They leverage their wisdom and experience to help the younger ones navigate life. Or get away with murder.

In My Sister, the Serial Killer, Korede has the misfortune of being the only person her younger sister Ayoola calls when one of her boyfriends has the misfortune of encountering her late father’s prized knife. I suppose the third time is a charm, because that’s what turned her into the textbook serial killer. Korede, with her meticulous attention to detail, has proven herself a worthy accomplice, shielding Ayoola from the consequences of her actions.

Ayoola is, by all accounts, the more beautiful and beguiling sister. I read her as flighty and self-centered, and prone to ignoring the perceptions about her behavior, especially as she “mourns” her missing boyfriend. Ayoola, for all her naivete, is also cunning. She uses her charisma to endear herself to people, but her ability to manipulate everyone around her to protect her demonstrates that she’s not the beautiful fool she seems. I found myself very early on not trusting her, straddling a very thin line questioning “how stupid is she” or “how genius is she” that she’s able to smile her way out of harrowing situations with her sister by her side.

Korede, on the other hand, is dutiful and a protector — her value lies more in who she is than how she looks. Where most people are consumed with the idea of Ayoola being married off as a beautiful wife, homely Korede’s future is nearly an afterthought, despite her desire to have a meaningful, loving relationship. Because their sensibilities contrast so much, it’s easy to initially paint Korede as a victim who’s as much caught in her sister’s web of lies as the men whose murders she hides. However, it becomes more apparent that her moral compass might be just as compromised as Ayoola, driven by her own desire not to live in her shadow anymore.

My Sister, the Serial Killer is about more than just one sister helping the other clean up her messes. Instead, it is a witty satire that grapples with relationships — duty, friendship, loyalty, rivalry, unrequited love, all through Korede’s interactions with her family, coworkers, and patients. Her relationship with Ayoola is undeniably close. However, there’s a tension between her desire to love the only sister she has and the resentment she feels toward her. Her coworkers highlight the contrast between the two, especially when Ayoola begins to seep into the refuge Korede found at the hospital where she is a nurse.

My Sister, the Serial Killer, surprised me with its dark humor. I expected it to be macabre and suspenseful given that whole serial killer thing. However, Korede’s narration brings an unintentional levity that I enjoyed. Through it, the reader gets a front-row seat to her unravelling, bringing with it a striking critique of society brought to light through some of the closest bonds a person has – family.

It’s been a while since a book caused me to have visceral reactions to every single character. I don’t think I totally liked any of them throughout the book, but I was able to see how complicated most of them were. While the ending initially left me unsatisfied, it was fitting. I am definitely interested in seeing what the future holds for the two sisters. ( )
  lenabean84 | Jan 10, 2021 |
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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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