Tuesday 1 January 2019

My Sister, The Serial Killer

Finished January 1
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The author and setting of this novel are Nigerian. As the book opens Korede has been called by her younger sister Ayoola to the apartment of her boyfriend, Fedi. Ayoola has called her to help get rid of the evidence that she has killed Fedi. As we soon learn, this isn't the first man that Ayoola has killed, nor the first time that Korede has helped protect her sister by concealing evidence.
Korede is a well-regarded nurse in a local hospital. Ayoola designs and sells clothing. Both women still live at home with their mother. Their father was a strong disciplinarian that both girls feared rather than loved. Ayoola is a very beautiful woman, who always has men interested in her. Korede is much plainer, but she has her own dreams too. Korede feels both angry and frightened that she has been caught up in the crimes of her sister, but can't see a way out.
One of the hospital patients is in a coma, and Korede often sits in his room, and tells him what she can tell no one else. But when her sister intrudes on her work world, Korede feels even more torn than she did before.
This is a fascinating look inside a woman who has been trained from the beginning to be her sister's keeper. Her sister someone she both loves and hates, but she must decide whether that love will always guide her, or not.

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