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My Sister, the Serial Killer

By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
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Interview: Author Oyinkan Braithwaite shares how her darkly funny breakout thriller came to life.

Because I love the way poetry sounds and the way poetry flows, it's affected the way that I write my novels.
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Because I love the way poetry sounds and the way poetry flows, it's affected the way that I write my novels.

Publisher's summary

“Pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan…This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember.” –NEW YORK TIMES

“The wittiest and most fun murder party you’ve ever been invited to.” –MARIE CLAIRE


A 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.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

©2018 Oyinkan Braithwaite (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Braithwaite's debut is written in quick, economical chapters that brilliantly render the setting.... A darkly, darkly funny novel.... It strips away the romanticism of the complicated sisterly relationship but perfectly illustrates its complicated contradictions." (Booklist)

"Who is more dangerous? A femme fatale murderess or the quiet, plain woman who cleans up her messes? In My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite answers that question with an original and compelling debut. I never knew what was going to happen, but found myself pulling for both sisters, as I relished the creepiness and humor of this modern noir." (Helen Ellis, New York Times best-selling author of American Housewife)

"Disturbing, sly and delicious, Braithwaite's novel compels us to consider the limits of loyalty and the insidious weight of silence." (Ayobami Adebayo, author of Stay with Me)

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Double trouble
"A twisted sister dynamic has rarely been so enjoyable to explore as the one that Oyinkan Braithwaite has created in her edgy debut novel. Just as the younger Ayoola has embraced her role as the pretty, spoiled one in the Nigerian family, Korede has taken her role as the forgettable, responsible one to a new level as she expertly covers up her sister’s nasty little habit of killing her suitors. The real question becomes how far she will go when the next one in her sister’s path of destruction is a man Korede dreams of for herself. Listening to Adepero Oduye narrate this surprisingly funny yet suspenseful treat gives you a real sense of the internal turmoil Korede endures as she struggles with her family's problematic dynamics and her stunted sense of self."
Abby W., Audible Editor