First Line Fridays: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite #firstlinefridays #thenavireview #bookreview #mysistertheserialkiller #oyinkanbraithwaite @doubledaybooks

Happy Friday, y’all! I’ve been hearing SO much about this book, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and I’m excited to have started it this week. Here’s how it starts, with a kick and a bang!


Ayoola summons me with these words — Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again.

That is the entirety of the first chapter, just enough to draw you in. Two powerful sentences told the story of an entire chapter. The second chapter begins:


I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood. Most people use bleach indiscriminately, assuming it is a catchall product, never taking the time to read the list of ingredients on the back, never taking the time to return to the recently wiped surface to take a closer look. Bleach will disinfect, but it’s not great for cleaning residue, so I use it only after I have first scrubbed the bathroom of all traces of life, and death.


Whew! What a start! I can’t wait to see how this book turns out! Does it sound like something that you would read?



Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by Doubleday Books

Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.


What’s the first line from the book you’re currently reading? I’m looking to spice up my TBR! My Sister, the Serial Killer comes out in a few days, November 20th – are you planning to read it?



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