My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Doubleday
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Siblings, Africa


This is the story of a woman in love with a man in love with her sister, a serial killer. If that sentence alone doesn’t make you want to go, ”Ooooohhhh… intriguing,” then please do stop reading this review. My heart won’t break.

This is quick and short and predictable but also very exciting, mysterious, thrilling. I have read books about serial killers before—would any mystery fan dare claim otherwise?—but never about a gorgeous, fun and naïve murderess you can’t help but want to believe is innocent.

Her sister, Korede, older, wiser and more disciplined, also wants to believe that Ayoola is only protecting herself by killing all those men. But the moment Ayoola goes after the man she loves, she becomes less and less inclined to make excuses for her sister’s dark tendencies.

The interactions between the two sisters—their bickering especially—are entertaining. As is Korede’s dry humour. The story is told from her perspective so we are in her head the whole time and are direct witnesses to her dilemma: take Ayoola’s side, always, or bring her to justice!

Family is an important theme, as is the idea of women supporting one another in this world filled with men who take what they want without hesitation. If this wasn’t a fictional story, I would disapprove of the ending—because wow!—but it was a bold move on the author’s part. And I love bold moves so I approve, ha!


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