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My Sister, the Serial Killer

Narrated by: Weruche Opia
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

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.

©2018 Oyinkan Braithwaite (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Enjoyable on a number levels

Brilliant narration brought the Nigerian characters, setting and style of speech to life
Written in a punchy style and moves at quick pace.
A surprisingly fun listen given the subject matter - can be enjoyed just as an easy read but can also make you think about big issues (like sibling relationships, status of women and men, beauty) without being judgy or preachy. A gem of a novella.

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brilliant

loved this book, it was so entertaining and surprisingly oddball. I doubt the subject matter would be for everyone but I'm not easily put off by serial killers. Narrator was awesome

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a pleasant suprise

I really enjoyed this. easy to follow, quick. interesting story regarding a family bond and what can come in between sisters.

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lt Didn't Thrill Me

There was time when, I wanted her to confess about her sister killing those man and she had opportunists but that was never going to happen. I could see where it was going, there wasn't a shock factor for me. I didn't mind the the narrator, she blended well with the story.

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Too short but a good story

I liked the story but it was too short. I didn't realise that this is more a novella and as such the ending came too soon. The narrator was good. Due to the shortness of the book and that I didn't feel the book was worth a full credit, I gave it 3 stars, although 3.5 stars would be more appropriate.

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A most enjoyable read

I really enjoyed this book. I was in hospital when I listened to it and it took me away from the doom and gloom.

Read it! its great!

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Page turner

I loved the narrator, her lovely variety of voices, capturing characters well. Short chapters work well. Great sisterly bond and loyalty. I was sad when it ended

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Fantastic story!

This is a fantastic and compelling story, coupled with great narration. Four and a half hours long so I whipped through it pretty quickly. definitely worth a listen!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Liked the fact that it was a refreshingly different storyline, good strong characters
Also amazing narration

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Entertaining and different

Despite the title, the book is more about the relationship between the sisters, rather than murders. This means it’s a surprisingly ‘light’ read, with humor, drama and suspense.
The different country also provides an refreshing background to the story.
Should be made into a movie!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2019

Great story

This grim little story is a tale of sisterly love and murder. I also loved the narrators voice. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2019

A change from the usual

I really enjoyed how unique this book is. Set in Lagos, the protagonist is an African woman. I feel like African voices and stories are not as commonly heard as the standard Western ones. If you would like to try something different from the usual style that is so popular this book is a great start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2019

Loved it

Such an enjoyable listen, great story, great narration. Give it a listen, it's dark and funny.

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  • DHM
  • 06-01-2019

underyped

something I'd never choose to listen to or read had it not been recommended. written flawlessly, admiration is the best I've come across in 3 years of listening to audiobooks!

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  • Bookish Lara
  • 05-06-2019

Beautifully written

Loved this so much more than I expected. It was written beautifully, narrated superbly and I felt visceral reactions to the story.
I really hope this wins the Womens Fiction prize.

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  • Tammy Newman
  • 22-05-2019

Excellent

Loved this book, it’s not just a story about a serial killer, it’s a story about power and the affects it has within the family. It was interesting to hear about the culture and I loved the incorporation of social media. Very modern with classic themes. The narration was fantastic, I will definitely look out for this author and narrator combination.

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  • SG
  • 24-02-2019

Terrific Story-Telling

I was bowled over by this book. Not by the murders, but by the relationship between two sisters, and the gradual revelation of their family background. By the last lines you understand why the long-suffering Korede cleans up, time and again, after her spoilt, self-centred, knife-toting younger sibling.

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  • Natallie
  • 21-05-2019

Very good read

I love a unique story that breaks the norm and this book and its Lagos setting is definitely that. Beautiful narration. The emotions of the main character all come through in this story..loneliness, jealousy , loyalty, passion and you can feel her sheer exhaustion of dealing with it all.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-05-2019

loved it!

captivating through to the end. finished reading in a day and really wouldn't mind re reading.

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  • DaveD
  • 04-04-2019

Good clean Murder

Short, sharp and packs a punch and packed with a range of intriguing characters.

Crisp. Alternative. Entertaining.

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  • Miss CM
  • 26-04-2019

Entertaining

Very funny and entertaining. The story is nicely brought to life by the narrator. I wish it was longer but enjoyed it nontheless

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  • Ann D
  • 21-06-2019

Good short read/listen

This is a good, somewhat unusual tale. It would have benefitted from the characters having more depth, but I enjoyed it.

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  • bookylady
  • 04-05-2019

Entertaining, with a disappointing end.

I read this because it has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2019. It was entertaining, funny in places and poignant in others. The sisters' relationship was both intriguing and disturbing and the underlying sense of impending disaster was palpable.
But ultimately, I could not really buy into the ending of the story. It ruined what had been, up until that point, a novel which held my attention and a suspended sense of disbelief.
SPOILER ALERT. I wanted a comeuppence for the killer sister and justice for the victims, but got neither.

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