My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

fiction mystery thriller
dark funny fast-paced

226 pages | first published 2018

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water...

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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dark 93%
funny 51%
tense 38%
mysterious 29%
emotional 15%
reflective 9%
sad 7%
lighthearted 6%
adventurous 5%
challenging 5%
hopeful 0%
inspiring 0%
relaxing 0%


fast 74%
medium 22%
slow 3%

Strong character development?

No: 33% | Yes: 33% | It's complicated: 31% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 44% | No: 39% | Yes: 15% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 74% | No: 15% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 3% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

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