Prompt: A book by a WOC
I had quite a few books by women of colour on my TBR pile so lots of choice for this prompt.
I bought My Sister, the Serial Killer last year after seeing it everywhere and hearing lots of good things and I wasn’t disappointed.
What it’s about:
When the books starts, beautiful Ayoola has just killed her boyfriend. This is third one she has killed. And every time she calls her sister Korede to clear up her mess.
Nurse, Korede is unendingly loyal to her sister until she meets her latest boyfriend, Tade, a doctor who works at her hospital. A doctor she is secretly in love with.
Where does Korede’s loyalty lie? And can she stop Tade meeting the same fate as Ayoola’s previous loves?
What I think:
This was an engaging, pacy read.
Told from Korede’s perspective, Braithwaite throws you straight into the action with a clear up operation underway.
As sisters, Korede and Ayoola could not be more different. Ayoola is gorgeous but selfish. She uses her looks to manipulate men who underestimate her because she is beautiful. Korede is clever and hardworking. Her allegiance to her sister causes her conflict as she debates the morality of concealing murder v family loyalty.
Korede is by no means innocent. She is complex and as willing to break, or bend, the law as her sister.
Korede’s memories of her childhood and the sisters’ relationship with their misogynistic and violent father that give you insights into their culture and the behaviour.
Sibling rivalry/loyalty, love, murder, abuse, culture, patriarchy- for a short book it crams a lot in.
My Sister, the Serial Killer is available from:
Waterstones: click here
Amazon.co.uk: click here