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My Sister, the Serial Killer

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Oyinkan Braithwaite

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NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE 
WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE



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.


Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Kingston University in Creative Writing and Law. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo Limited, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children's educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 240
Erscheinungsdatum 30.07.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-56420-1
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20/13,3/2,2 cm
Gewicht 256 g
Verkaufsrang 44009

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Three deaths makes a serial killer

Lea Hagenmeier, Thalia-Buchhandlung Karlsruhe

That's how many Korede's sister Ayoola has killed so far. She claims self-defense, though Korede knows better than to believe that. But once things seem to spiral more and more out of control, Korede finds herself torn between doing the right thing or protecting her family. Amazing read about familial loyalty with many ups and downs, keeping the reader on their toes troughout the whole book.

Ein gelungener Auftakt

Alexander Nagel, Thalia-Buchhandlung Lübeck

Als passionierter Buch-Nach-Cover-Käufer stand "My Sister, The Serial Killer" schon länger auf meiner Liste. Mittlerweile habe ich es dann nicht nur angeschaut, sondern auch gelesen. Und was soll ich sagen, ich wurde nicht enttäuscht! Oyinkan Braithwaite serviert uns mit ihrem Debütroman ein richtiges Brett! Auf knapp 250 Seiten lässt sie uns am Leben von Korede und ihrer besagten Schwester teilhaben. In kurzen, knackigen Kapiteln erleben wir den Alltag von Korede in Lagos, der zwischen halb toten Menschen im Krankenhaus und toten Menschen im Badezimmer stattfindet. Besonderes Lob gilt dem Schreibstil. Dieser ist wunderbar temporeich, sodass es quasi nie zu langatmigen Passagen kommt. Was den Schreibstil auszeichnet, ist beim Inhalt eher hinderlich. Leider bleibt bei dem Tempo so manche Charkathertiefe auf der Strecke. Dadurch sind einige Intentionen nicht ganz schlüssig. Über das Ende werde ich natürlich schweigen. Auf alle Fälle lässt es Platz für die eigene Phantasie und eine eventuelle Fortsetzung. Wünschen würde ich mir sie!

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Mal was ganz anderes
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus München am 06.05.2020
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Sehr lebendig geschrieben, fast atemlos. Das Bild der sehr gegensätzlichen Persönlichkeiten der beiden Schwestern entsteht förmlich beim Lesen. Kurze Kapitel, gut zu lesen, gibt einen kleinen Einblick in die ganz andere Welt der nigerianischen Mittelklasse und ihr Leben im nigerianischen Chaos. Ein Glossar der offensichlich der ... Sehr lebendig geschrieben, fast atemlos. Das Bild der sehr gegensätzlichen Persönlichkeiten der beiden Schwestern entsteht förmlich beim Lesen. Kurze Kapitel, gut zu lesen, gibt einen kleinen Einblick in die ganz andere Welt der nigerianischen Mittelklasse und ihr Leben im nigerianischen Chaos. Ein Glossar der offensichlich der nigerianischen Alltagssprache entnommenen Ausdrücke wäre schön.

So much more that the eye can see.
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Heidenheim am 29.12.2019
Bewertet: Einband: gebundene Ausgabe

Korede and her sister Ayoola are as different as chalk and cheese. Ayoola is beautiful, popular and ruthless whereas Korede is average, grounded and responsible. Unfortunately, Ayoola tends to kill her lovers and Korede has to clean up the crime scenes afterwards. Everything starts to get out of hand when Ayoola decides to date ... Korede and her sister Ayoola are as different as chalk and cheese. Ayoola is beautiful, popular and ruthless whereas Korede is average, grounded and responsible. Unfortunately, Ayoola tends to kill her lovers and Korede has to clean up the crime scenes afterwards. Everything starts to get out of hand when Ayoola decides to date Koredes secret love, Tade. This book is full of irony and malice. I wished there was a more satisfying ending so I could sleep better. But I guess that's life...

My Sister, the Serial Killer
von Miss.mesmerized am 18.11.2018
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Korede and her sister Ayoola live in Lagos together with their mother since their father dies. Korede, who works at a hospital as a nurse, is a decent, but rather plain young woman whereas Ayoola always has all the looks on her. Even though the sisters couldn’t hardly be more different, they are sister after all so when Ayoola c... Korede and her sister Ayoola live in Lagos together with their mother since their father dies. Korede, who works at a hospital as a nurse, is a decent, but rather plain young woman whereas Ayoola always has all the looks on her. Even though the sisters couldn’t hardly be more different, they are sister after all so when Ayoola calls her, it is without any question that Korede shows up with some bleach to wipe away the mess of another murder. They have done it before and will also succeed this time. Why does she have to kill all her boyfriends? Korede wonders but since none of the was really important to her, she remains secret and the sister she is supposed to be. But when Ayoola starts dating to one man Korede really likes, things become a bit more complicated. Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is a hilarious read full of absurd situations and fantastic characters. The author, who graduated in Creative Writing and was a 2016 finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, surely knows how to create outstanding characters and how to combine humour with an actually very serious topic. What I appreciated most is how she, on the surface, wrote a funny story that, beneath, offers so much crucial and grave issues. What it all comes down to after all is the well-known fact that blood is thicker than water and that without any question, you know which side you have to be on. Ayoola is a serial killer – absurd as it may sound, the title is absolutely clear about it and after the opening scene, you know all about her killings. Yet, this is one of the least interesting aspects, much more remarkable is the sisters’ relationship: jealousy, love, anger, hatred, support – the full spectrum of emotions. Of course, it is Korede that the reader commiserates, she is obviously the good girls that nobody notices, neither their parents nor the men. I wondered if Ayoola suffered from some kind of mental illness, she somehow does not really seem to realise what she does, but she definitely is rather egocentric and not very considerate when it comes to other people’s feelings. “My sister, the Serial Killer” is a black comedy that should not be taken too seriously I guess. It is a great read that I utterly enjoyed. I am absolutely looking forward to reading more from the author.

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