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  • Elizabeth Garcia

Book Review: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Being in summer mode I've been into reading more leisurely type books. For me this typically means suspenseful type of narratives, mysteries, who done its. I want something that's entertaining, but that is also somewhat intellectually stimulating. So when I saw the title of Braithwaite's novel I was intrigued.

What makes this novel work, at least for me, is that while the "serial killer" part of the title suggests the storyline might be about murder and the mysteries behind it, the narrative is about so much more than that. It's the "my sister" part that really takes hold as the focus is more about the relationship between Korede, the responsible sister, and her flimsy, free-spirited, and murderous sister Ayoola.

The writing is tight and concise, with each chapter being just a few pages long, making for a quick yet still rich read. How far is Korede willing to go to protect her sister? Can murder tear the bonds of sisterhood? These questions will keep you reading to the very end.

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