My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

8 Mar
my sister the serial killer oyinkan

FIVE of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.

It’s a very quick read with a sparse use of words. Filled with both humor and sadness.

It takes place in Lagos, but the setting is not a character. Still it is clear that life is different there. Every experience Korede has with the Lagos police left me with a dreadful feeling in my belly, whether there was a dead body near her or not.

The characters get filled out as the story moves, and so do the family dynamics. Why does Korede cover for her sister? Why does her sister kill? What seems at first to be logically bizarre finally becomes psychologically clear. But not completely.

The reader feels off kilter because the events don’t quite make sense, and the unfamiliarity of the setting assures that the (U.S.) reader knows they have no way of completely understanding what is happening or why.

And I LOVED it.

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