My Sister, the Serial Killer by: Oyinkan Braithwaite

” Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her. “

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Potential triggers…

  • Blood and gore
  • Murder

I spend a lot of time looking through the Libby app, trying to find gems I’ve never heard of. This is one of those gems I stumbled on and was so glad I did!

This story follows two sisters, one who is a murderer, and one who constantly helps cover the murders up, in order to protect her sister. They both seem trapped in this cycle of codependency.

Through this book we learn about their pasts, their upbringing, and although not an excuse, you begin to see, and understand, why they’ve become the adults they are. Our experiences, good and bad, as children really do shape the adults we become. For some of us, we become who we are in spite of the upbringing we had…sadly for some, they become trapped in a vicious cycle that can be extremely hard to break.

This book isn’t written with a set beginning, middle (climax), and end. Instead we are given a story that feels like we just get to peek in on the lives of these sisters, at this certain moment, and who knows what could be happening with them now. In a perfect world I’d like to think Korede has finally been able to fully break herself from her codependency with Ayoola, that she’s finally living a happy live full of love, and free of the stress of her family. Realistically, I doubt that would happen, nevertheless I like that the story ends in a way we’ll never really know.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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