My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel (Hardcover)

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My Sister, The Serial Killer is my favorite book of the year.  The writing is fast paced and undeniably hilarious. In this peculiar blend of genres, Oyinkan Braithwaite merges amusing and terrifying in a  way that I’ve never seen. The tension in the book builds exponentially until it's going to explode; I was sweating in my seat, screaming at the characters.
The mix of quirky and dark stars Ayoola and Korede, two sisters who live in Nigeria. Korede, the narrator, is an uptight nurse who has fallen in love with a doctor works with her. Ayoola, her sister (yes, the one from the title!) is stunningly beautiful and everything Korede is not, including sociopathic. There are elements of their father throughout.  His dark presence looms in every part of Korede and Ayoola’s lives. You slowly learn what type of man he was as the book progresses; small flashbacks creating his picture. This is one of the most unique books I have ever read, I will impatiently wait for anything Oyinkan writes next.

— Alex Matelski


"Feverishly hot"--PAULA HAWKINS

"The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to."--MARIE CLAIRE

A 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.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite's deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

About the Author

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children's educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Praise For…

“This riveting, brutally hilarious, ultra-dark novel is an explosive debut by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and heralds an exciting new literary voice… Delicious.”

"You can't help flying through the pages.."

"Lethally elegant"
--Luke Jennings, author of Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle

"Strange, funny and oddly touching...Pretty much perfect...It wears its weirdness excellently."

"Who is more dangerous? A femme fatale murderess or the quiet, plain woman who cleans up her messes? I never knew what was going to happen, but found myself pulling for both sisters, as I relished the creepiness and humor of this modern noir."
--Helen Ellis, New York Times bestselling author of American Housewife

"Disturbing, sly and delicious, Braithwaite's novel compels us to consider the limits of loyalty and the insidious weight of silence."
--Ayobami Adebayo, author of Stay With Me

"Braithwaite’s blazing debut is as sharp as a knife...bitingly funny and brilliantly executed, with not a single word out of place."
--Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"A gem, in the most accurate sense: small, hard, sharp, and polished to perfection. Every pill-sized chapter is exemplary. Where others waste ink and trees, Braithwaite can conjure fully-detailed settings and characters with a finger snap. Of these, all shine. One dazzles. Tell Shirley Jackson that the Merricat Blackwood of the 21st century lives in Lagos, her name is Ayoola, and she is so obliviously/adorably/hilariously/heartbreakingly wicked, she'll make you cry tears of all flavors."
--Edgar Cantero, New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids

"Sly, risky, and filled with surprises, Oyinkan Braithwaite holds nothing back in this wry and refreshingly inventive novel about violence, sister rivalries and simply staying alive."
--Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew and Ways to Disappear
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385544238
ISBN-10: 0385544235
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: November 20th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English

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