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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019. 

Shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.   

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favourite 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 realise 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

Critic Reviews

"A literary sensation." (Guardian)

"A bombshell of a book.... Sharp, explosive, hilarious." (New York Times)

What listeners say about My Sister, the Serial Killer

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Dark and satire

You know it when you are intrugued and hinged and cannot stop.
It is a story about two completely opposite characters but together none the less sisters ,Koede and Aayola.
Koede is an opposite of aayola while Aayola is downright recluse who is a clean freak which helps with her nurse job at the hospital , and only is friends with a coma pateint ,to share everything she can't share with anyone. Then there is her sister who swoons everyone off there pants specifically men around her. She is a serial killer.
Its the story of how far one will go for their family, how far you will let them go .Its about the grey zone between the right and the wrong.

The narattion was a lilttle difficult at times for me to get into but the story kept me hinged .

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Great book to listen to...

people may like it or not totally depends upon them... the story is about murders, as u might have already assumed by the title but is a bit more than that.... do listen it wud keep u anxious.. v keep thinking what hpnd next as is the case of all crime stories..... overall the plot was good and is recommended to all those interested in crime stories out there...

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In awe of the narrator!

This was a really interesting title and so was the story. Written simply with a storyline and characters that keep you hooked till the end. I absolutely loved, loved the narration. The narrator and her way of speaking for every character was phenomenal.

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A twisted plot

A twisted plot right from the go! This short thriller is an interesting story of sisters - Korede and Ayoola who share a deep connection. It highlights the stark differences in their perspective, thinking and attitudes while exploring the bond that keeps them attached. First book of mine which is set in a modern city of Africa. Worth a read! Audible version may take some time to get used to the accent, but narrator has done a good job!

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Gripping Story!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The narrator brought the best out of the book. Sibling love in desperate times to taken to a different level.

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thrilling!! love the accents

loved this! the sister's accusations would be my favorite part. extremely entertaining! must read for the love of sisters!

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I loved the performance! weruche opia bought life into the characters. the best audio book I've heard so far

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What all we do for family!

Truthfully, this should be made into a movie. reading it, one can associate the stuff we have to do for family members, despite their shortcomings. this book has a similar theme, but a twisted plot and will do well for a motion picture. it's a short book and is easy to go through in one sitting itself. the narrator is really good, enjoyed her thoroughly. pick it up for a light read showcasing a family's twisted story.

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unusual story, but great narration

loved the narrator. nothing extraordinary about the story, but still easy to read and finish

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OverHyped with no suspense or story

The story sucks. Despite not having a story, not having a proper ending, the story has so many open endings that at the end you question your judgement on picking up this book. My 2 cents for the amazing narration.

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  • Emma
  • 16-01-22

A wonderful look into Nigerian life

Of course the most captivating part of this story is the relationship between sisters; one murderous, the other somewhat innocent but I really enjoyed the look into Nigerian life alongside all of this - the commentary on class, religion, cuisine, fashion, work etc. Wonderful book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-21

More than a favour

When the Dr said you’re worse than her (Ayoola), that was it for me. Understanding that by helping to clean up she got her hands dirty. I actually enjoyed this book it was easy to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-21

Excellent!!!

This is by far the best book I have listened to on Audible. The story line is perfect, the narrator excellent. I will download other books by this author without thinking twice.

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  • Margaret O'Toole
  • 18-05-21

enjoyable

loved it, short so listened in one go. narration easy on the ear & fluid

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  • JB
  • 26-04-21

Quicky and Enjoyable

My Sister, the Serial Killer is set in present day Lagos, painting a background of an ordinary hardworking woman, living an ordinary middle class life.

The plot however is not ordinary, and delivers everything the title promises (there is a sister and she is a serial killer). The writing is sharp and entertaining with interesting characters. The pacing is brisk, with exposition flowing naturally into the main tale. Together, all this makes for the kind of book that is easy to get lost in and finish in one sitting.

Weruche Opia's narration felt very natural and easy to listen to. However, there were moments where probably different takes were used, and there was a marked difference in vocal quality which would momentarily pull me out of the story. However, the story kept drawing me back in.

Would recommend for anyone who wants an African story that is not the usual "village girl/boy moves to city and learns a lesson" narrative.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-01-21

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book... And the narrator is does a really good job.

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  • Lihle Ndoni
  • 08-09-20

Gripping!

The only thing wrong with this book is that there isn’t more of it! I listened in one sitting and enjoyed every moment!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-20

Good, easy listening

Good narrative, and story line. Easy listening. Some local words, could have been described better.

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  • anjaalexandratrujillonormann
  • 27-06-20

Interesting

Good narrator i like her accent. Ok short story it was interesting to listen to.

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  • Warrick
  • 12-06-20

Exceptional Narration

As an African, although not Nigerian, I could relate to some of the African elements, and none of the Nigerian specific ones, and it does NOT matter. It is a really enjoyable story, with an unparalleled narrator. I recommend this book to all!

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  • A. Davies
  • 22-07-19

Come for the killing, stay for the people

My Sister is a snack-sized novella following Korede, a nurse who works in Laos and provides for her sister and widowed mother.

The book is easy to read. Most chapters fit on a page or two, and Korede uses compact, matter-of-fact language. Sometimes that compactness produces cutting comments or deadpan humour, but in general it's played straight, reflecting Korede's dutiful and restrained approach to life in general.

The title and opening are sensational, but this isn't a thriller: it's a character study.

If you'd like to get under the skin of a meticulous, dutiful, tired Nigerian woman as she does her level best to carve out a life for herself and her family - despite shallow men, corrupt traffic cops, and her frustratingly carefree sister - you'll find a lot to love.

PS - because of the short chapters, I preferred the printed book to the audiobook, but they're both good. The narrator uses a quiet, unadorned voice which fits well with Korede's character.

I enjoyed the snatches of poetry :)

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  • HadjerMDHS
  • 06-01-19

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
  • 05-06-19

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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  • SG
  • 24-02-19

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-20

excellent narration and lean storytelling

The story isn't that original but this proves that it's the execution that is more important. The prose is tight keeping things moving at a nice pace. The narration is excellent - a great voice for telling stories.

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  • Tammy Newman
  • 22-05-19

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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  • Sarah Wilmot
  • 25-11-19

love this

such a great story - sisters, love, and serial killing. funny and tragic - 2019 best

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  • Manda N
  • 17-08-19

Entertaining enough; not outstanding

One of this years booker longlist reads.

A unique story approach and perhaps that is why it is longlisted.

The story is entertaining but it’s not a thriller read; no where near. This is a world where having a sister as a serial killer is treated as either the norm, or dismissed as impossible, or where backs are turned.

It’s a fun listen and the presentation is perfect. Worth a read; just don’t expect to be blown away by this one!

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  • Natallie
  • 21-05-19

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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  • GEJM2
  • 29-08-20

Not my cup of tea

I loved the narrator and appreciated the different culture that was portrayed in this book. However, the storyline was not for me and I wish the ending had tied all the loose strings up.

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  • Hannah, Australia
  • 25-01-19

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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  • kathleen
  • 04-02-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-20

Superficial

This was the kind of short story you might find in a women's magazine or romance novel. Two-dimentional characters and superficial story. Glad I didn't pay for it!

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  • Belinda O'Leary
  • 07-01-21

Quirky, touching and unsettling

Loved it from start to finish. Went searching for more by this author but self no more yet. Thought provoking for me with two very different sisters and a family split due to one. Love love loved this book!

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  • Mich
  • 06-09-19

Suprisingly entertaining and bewildering

The narrator’s performance added the depth to the characters of the story. It was captivating to listen to Korede, the older sister’s narration and perception of encounters, moments and of course the murders. Told in a candid, light and matter-of-fact tone it feels like there so much more to read in between what the characters say and what they perceived to have happen. I couldn’t give it 5 stars ‘cause I cannot figure out the abrupt ending of the story. I only started figuring out the irony of which sister is really the serial killer and feel like I’m missing something. But all in all a refreshing story and perspective one that will keep you hooked ‘til the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-19

tedious

Boring and irritating. The story is so predictable it's agonising .
everyone except the main character is stupid,lazy or greedy apparently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-19

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!