My Favorite Murderess: My Sister the Serial Killer

Korede's sister Ayoola draws men to her like moths to a flame. She's a knockout. When she enters a room, all eyes are on her. It's no wonder that Korede feels like a shadow in comparison. People can hardly believe they are related, let alone sisters. But sisters they are and their bond is a strong one. Korede would do anything for her little sister, including covering up a murder...or two...or three.

Ayoola for all appearances is the epitome of femininity, but her pretty face hides a dark secret. She's a murderer, or as Korede realizes after the third murder, a serial killer. The victim is always a man, a man she's dating. She tells Korede that she was only trying to defend herself. Korede has her doubts. Why does Ayoola carry their father's knife with her everywhere? And why does she seem a little less upset every time?

While Korede is racked with guilt and fear, Ayoola carries on as if nothing happened. Posting photos of herself looking glam on Instagram and flirting with new victims men. When Ayoola sets her sights on the doctor Korede has a crush on, the stakes get even higher. How can Korede protect both him and her sister?

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite has been called darkly comic. Maybe it's because I listened to the audiobook, but I didn't find it that humorous. There were ridiculous moments here and there. It's told from Korede's point of view and her nervous energy, or the energy imbued by the narrator (Adepero Oduye), made it hard for me to see the humor. If told from Ayoola's point of view, it would be a totally different tale.

Ayoola is a mystery. She doesn't seem to have a lot going on upstairs. She has a helplessness to her that appeals to the men she dates. I also think that's why Korede takes care of her murders. What would happen if Korede couldn't help her? Would she be able to handle things herself? Unfortunately, we'll never know because Korede is always there for her. Why does she kill? The book sort of tries to give a backstory to the reasons why but it's not 100% clear. Maybe she just likes it.

My Sister the Serial Killer is all about appearances. Ayoola is beautiful and the men project their own ideas of womanly perfection onto her. They don't see what she really is until too late. Korede hides Ayoola's crimes from the world. She hides it all with bleach and water. Their mother is all about keeping up appearances, as we find out throughout the novel.

Whatever the book is meant to be, I enjoyed it a lot. Korede's situation is an impossible one and it was a ride to hear her navigate it. It's a short book. The audio is only 255 minutes but there is plenty packed in there.