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My Sister, the Serial Killer

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month Debuts Sharing Diverse Voices Thriller and Suspense

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“Big sisters look after little sisters,” declares the mother of the two sisters at the centre of this fiercely enthralling novel and that’s taken to the extreme when big sister Korede helps little sister Ayoola dispose the body of the boyfriend she’s murdered. And not for the first time either. Femi is the third boyfriend to be killed by beautiful, untouchable Ayoola, and Korede can’t not come to her aid. “I am the older sister – I am responsible for Ayoola. That’s how it has always been. Ayoola would break a glass, and I would receive the blame for giving her the drink”.

The writing is razor sharp, courtesy of Korede’s wry narration. She’s a mistress of observation and insight, all-seeing, all-knowing and - so it seems – all-loyal to her self-serving little sister. Ablaze with dark humour and strident originality, this wickedly explosive debut heralds the arrival of a smart new voice in contemporary fiction.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 Winner of the LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, 2019

When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...

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My Sister, the Serial Killer Press Reviews

Leaves you torn between laughing, crying, and immediately going out and resisting the patriarchy - Vogue

That dark humour will stay with you long after you've put down the book - Scotsman

A darkly funny romp - Big Issue

A short, sharp and sinister sister act, told with plenty of mordant humour - Irish Independent

A comically clever and exciting debut - The Skinny

Deftly written... pointy and sleek - The i

Dark, scathing, insidious, and wickedly funny - Crimereads

Blazing... Bitingly funny and brilliantly executed - Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

Bursting with chutzpah and laced with deadpan wit - Liz Jensen, author of 'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax'

Sly, risky, and filled with surprises - Idra Novey, author of 'Ways to Disappear'

A gem: small, hard, sharp, and polished to perfection - Edgar Cantero, author of 'Meddling Kids'

Oyinkan Braithwaite is rewriting the slasher novel, and man, does it look good... A terrific and clever novel about sisterhood - Refinery29

A stiletto slipped between the ribs and through the left ventricle of the heart - Financial Times

Inventive and darkly comic - Daily Mail

You can't help flying through the pages - Buzzfeed, Book of the Year 2018

A deliciously kitschy thriller... Murderously good fun - Tatler, Best Books of 2019

This book is amazing, and every woman should read it in public. While cackling. - Lit Hub, Book of the Year 2018

An ideal book for the present moment - Washington Post

Riveting, brutally hilarious, ultra-dark novel... A delicious tale. - Nylon

Disturbing, sly and delicious - Ayobami Adebayo, author of 'Stay with Me'

Delightfully naughty... The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to. - Samantha Irby, Marie Claire

Lethally elegant -- Luke Jennings, author of Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle Feverishly hot - Paula Hawkins, author of 'The Girl on the Train'

A bombshell of a book - sharp, explosive, hilarious - New York Times Book Review

Utterly addictive and a pure joy to read - Stylist

Hilarious, disturbing, and so much fun to read. - Elle, Books to watch in 2019

Fiendishly talented - The Times

A sensational debut - Observer, Debut's of 2019

A literary sensation - Guardian

Pulpy, peppery and sinister... This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember. - New York Times

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781786495983
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Diverse Voices, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Humour,

About Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam.

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