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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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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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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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  • 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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excellent narration and lean storytelling

The story isn't that original but this proves that it's the execution that is more important. The prose is tight keeping things moving at a nice pace. The narration is excellent - a great voice for telling stories.

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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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love this

such a great story - sisters, love, and serial killing. funny and tragic - 2019 best

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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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Not my cup of tea

I loved the narrator and appreciated the different culture that was portrayed in this book. However, the storyline was not for me and I wish the ending had tied all the loose strings up.

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Really enjoyed this book but disappointing ending

I enjoyed this book, in particular I found the narration excellent. I didn't enjoy the ending, which was a pity.

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  • 05-06-21

Excellent!!!

This is by far the best book I have listened to on Audible. The story line is perfect, the narrator excellent. I will download other books by this author without thinking twice.

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  • Margaret O'Toole
  • 18-05-21

enjoyable

loved it, short so listened in one go. narration easy on the ear & fluid

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  • JB
  • 26-04-21

Quicky and Enjoyable

My Sister, the Serial Killer is set in present day Lagos, painting a background of an ordinary hardworking woman, living an ordinary middle class life.

The plot however is not ordinary, and delivers everything the title promises (there is a sister and she is a serial killer). The writing is sharp and entertaining with interesting characters. The pacing is brisk, with exposition flowing naturally into the main tale. Together, all this makes for the kind of book that is easy to get lost in and finish in one sitting.

Weruche Opia's narration felt very natural and easy to listen to. However, there were moments where probably different takes were used, and there was a marked difference in vocal quality which would momentarily pull me out of the story. However, the story kept drawing me back in.

Would recommend for anyone who wants an African story that is not the usual "village girl/boy moves to city and learns a lesson" narrative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-21

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book... And the narrator is does a really good job.

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  • Lihle Ndoni
  • 08-09-20

Gripping!

The only thing wrong with this book is that there isn’t more of it! I listened in one sitting and enjoyed every moment!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-20

Good, easy listening

Good narrative, and story line. Easy listening. Some local words, could have been described better.

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  • anjaalexandratrujillonormann
  • 27-06-20

Interesting

Good narrator i like her accent. Ok short story it was interesting to listen to.

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  • Warrick
  • 12-06-20

Exceptional Narration

As an African, although not Nigerian, I could relate to some of the African elements, and none of the Nigerian specific ones, and it does NOT matter. It is a really enjoyable story, with an unparalleled narrator. I recommend this book to all!

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  • Nadejda Marie Kondratiev
  • 31-12-19

Gripping

Once I started listening, I didn’t stop. It’s very entertaining and not so unrealistic that it couldn’t be real. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s also very well read.

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  • alexandra ogon
  • 19-09-19

A must listen

brilliant!! well written well dictated. weruche did justice to the book. The subtle differences in the Nigerian accents were again brilliant..