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My Sister, the Serial Killer

Narrated by: Weruche Opia
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (882 ratings)

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Summary

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

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.

©2018 Oyinkan Braithwaite (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • DHM
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  • 06-01-19

underyped

something I'd never choose to listen to or read had it not been recommended. written flawlessly, admiration is the best I've come across in 3 years of listening to audiobooks!

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Beautifully written

Loved this so much more than I expected. It was written beautifully, narrated superbly and I felt visceral reactions to the story.
I really hope this wins the Womens Fiction prize.

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Excellent

Loved this book, it’s not just a story about a serial killer, it’s a story about power and the affects it has within the family. It was interesting to hear about the culture and I loved the incorporation of social media. Very modern with classic themes. The narration was fantastic, I will definitely look out for this author and narrator combination.

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Very good read

I love a unique story that breaks the norm and this book and its Lagos setting is definitely that. Beautiful narration. The emotions of the main character all come through in this story..loneliness, jealousy , loyalty, passion and you can feel her sheer exhaustion of dealing with it all.

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loved it!

captivating through to the end. finished reading in a day and really wouldn't mind re reading.

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  • SG
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  • 24-02-19

Terrific Story-Telling

I was bowled over by this book. Not by the murders, but by the relationship between two sisters, and the gradual revelation of their family background. By the last lines you understand why the long-suffering Korede cleans up, time and again, after her spoilt, self-centred, knife-toting younger sibling.

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Entertaining

Very funny and entertaining. The story is nicely brought to life by the narrator. I wish it was longer but enjoyed it nontheless

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Good clean Murder

Short, sharp and packs a punch and packed with a range of intriguing characters.

Crisp. Alternative. Entertaining.

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Come for the killing, stay for the people

My Sister is a snack-sized novella following Korede, a nurse who works in Laos and provides for her sister and widowed mother.

The book is easy to read. Most chapters fit on a page or two, and Korede uses compact, matter-of-fact language. Sometimes that compactness produces cutting comments or deadpan humour, but in general it's played straight, reflecting Korede's dutiful and restrained approach to life in general.

The title and opening are sensational, but this isn't a thriller: it's a character study.

If you'd like to get under the skin of a meticulous, dutiful, tired Nigerian woman as she does her level best to carve out a life for herself and her family - despite shallow men, corrupt traffic cops, and her frustratingly carefree sister - you'll find a lot to love.

PS - because of the short chapters, I preferred the printed book to the audiobook, but they're both good. The narrator uses a quiet, unadorned voice which fits well with Korede's character.

I enjoyed the snatches of poetry :)

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Entertaining, with a disappointing end.

I read this because it has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2019. It was entertaining, funny in places and poignant in others. The sisters' relationship was both intriguing and disturbing and the underlying sense of impending disaster was palpable.
But ultimately, I could not really buy into the ending of the story. It ruined what had been, up until that point, a novel which held my attention and a suspended sense of disbelief.
SPOILER ALERT. I wanted a comeuppence for the killer sister and justice for the victims, but got neither.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Great story

This grim little story is a tale of sisterly love and murder. I also loved the narrators voice. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

A change from the usual

I really enjoyed how unique this book is. Set in Lagos, the protagonist is an African woman. I feel like African voices and stories are not as commonly heard as the standard Western ones. If you would like to try something different from the usual style that is so popular this book is a great start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-19

Loved it

Such an enjoyable listen, great story, great narration. Give it a listen, it's dark and funny.