Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than WaterPDF Epub Thicker Than Water By Oyinkan Braithwaite Pulpy, Peppery And Sinister, Served Up In A Comic DeadpanThis Scorpion Tailed Little Thriller Leaves A Response, And A Sting, You Will RememberNEW YORK TIMES The Wittiest And Most Fun Murder Party You Ve Ever Been Invited ToMARIE CLAIRELONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN S PRIZEA Short, Darkly Funny, Hand Grenade Of A Novel About A Nigerian Woman Whose Younger Sister Has A Very Inconvenient Habit Of Killing Her BoyfriendsFemi 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. Clever novel about two sisters, one of whom is a serial killer, the other the resentful, yearning enabler The satirical bent works really well here because it walks that fine line of being, given the contretemps, entirely plausible Interesting observations about
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a 2018 Doubleday Books publication Genius That provocative title and amazing cover art certainly piques one s curiosity Noticing all the positive reactions the book received, I just had to see for myself if it was worth all the kudos Well, I have to say, this is my kind of book Seriously, I really, really, really love satire and dark humor I do understand it is often an acquired taste, but it takes a special kind of creativity and balance to pull it off Dark humor and satire are often very subtle and if you aren t in on the joke, it can sail right over your head It requires a little effort, from the reader, too, on occasion, and that is the case with this book.Family is supposed to help one another out, right Set in Nigeria, amid a corrupt system of law and order, Korede is forever coming to the aid of her beautiful, but kooky, younger sister, Ayoola, who has a bad habit of killing her boyfriends She always claims self defense, but she s never injured, and her conscience never seems to suffer Korede, is a borderline, antisocial nurse, comfortable around her comatose patient, to whom she bears her soul, than with anyone else She has a crush on Tade, a doctor she works closely with However, when Ayoola shows up at the hospital to visit her sister, Tade is immediately smitten with her So, not only is Korede hurt emo
Femi makes three, you know Three, and they label you a serial killer. In case you haven t noticed, Oyinkan Braithwaite s My Sister, the Serial Killer has been taking the social media scene by storm the past few weeks And I get it the cover art is pardon my pun killer and the title exudes a certain titillation that will make a reader quickly reach for the book on the shelf For me, My Sister, the Serial Killer, was an easy, brisk read that I mostly read in one sitting And I was additionally excited to read it when I realized that the author and I graduated from the same university in England and likely had the same creative writing instructors The short chapters some only a few sentences long created the effect of breezing through the novel at record speed, which is a plus, but it also created a few issues for this narrative.Oyinkan Braithwaite s debut novel follows sisters Ayoola and Korede Ayoola kills em and Korede cleans em up But this isn t just a novel about the boyfriends falling like flies it s a novel a
Now, that s what I call a damn good story Wow Where do I even start Firstly, the story, coupled with the setting, alongside the characters, all resonate at a level only a fellow Nigerian would understand Besides all that, the plot itself is unique, the prose is crisp and evocative the characters, multilayered Then there s that dry sardon
4, the sisterhood of the travelingserial killer stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe a Read I finished this quite a bit ago, so I m going to do my best to remember everything I thought about this book This is at it s heart a story about two sisters, Korede and Ayoola Korede is pragmatic, level headed and sensible Her sister Ayoola, is none of these things Ayoola is rash, beautiful, vibrant, the favored child and deeply irresponsible Oh, also did I mention she s a sociopath Yeah, well that too This story takes place in Braithwaite s birthplace of Nigera and follows these two sisters through a series of situations Ayoola thrusts them into.You re a big sister now, Korede And big sisters look after little sisters.You see, while Korede loves her sister and protects her, things get a little out of hand as Ayoola continues to make choices that leaves Korede having to clean up her messes literally and figuratively Korede is a nurse, and above all her practicality is the sisters saving grace She knows all
I can t pinpoint the exact moment I realized that Ayoola was beautiful and I wasnot But what I do know is that I was aware of my own inadequacies long before Korede is a nurse in Nigeria, dedicated to her patients and well respected by her superiors But no matter what her achievements are, she knows she ll always play second fiddle to her younger sister, Ayoola Ayoola is the pretty one, the favorite and she s a psychotic murderer.One night Ayoola summons Korede to her boyfriend s house Ayoola says he attacked her and in self defense, she stabbed him It doesn t matter what the facts really are who would disbelieve Ayoola Korede is the sensible one, the calm one, the logical one who takes charge of the situation She knows how to clean up the blood so no traces are found She knows how to get rid of the body It seems she has had a great deal of practice with this sort of thing, since this is the third boyfriend Ayoola has killed Femi makes three, you know Three and they label you a serial killer Ayoola isn t the slightest bit remorseful about what happened She s ready to move on, find another man to charm Korede thinks she should lie low for a while, even though she knows it won t be long before Ayoola bats her eyes and men will come running But this time Ayoola sets her sights a bit closer to home, as sh
4.5 rounded up I discovered this novel by accident while I was browsing the longlist for Orange Women Prize I had no intention to read any of the proposed books since this year I don t feel I have the time to follow awards but the title immediately caught my eye After reading the blurb I just knew I had to buy it and I left everything else I had started for this one I am so glad I did because it was such a pleasant surprise I should let myself carried away by my instincts often What is it about except the obvious, a sister who is a serial killer Well, I think one of the main questions that I was left with is Is the enabler as guilty as the perpetrator In my opinion, yes, but you should make up your own mind It is also a novel about loyalty and its limits, family dynamics and loveKorede, a plain woman, is a nurse at a hospital in Lagos Her sister, Ayoola is a local beauty, a fashion designer and a serial killer of her boyfriends Whenever she murders another boo in self defence she calls her hygiene obsessed sister to help her clean up the mess Korede has some issues with her conscience but when her boss to whom she is in love falls for Ayoola, things become complicated It s because she is beautiful, you know That s all it is They don t reall
Set in Nigeria, My Sister, the Serial Killer follows dependable Korede and her younger sister, Ayoola, who oops occasionally murders people Braithwaite s debut ranges from wry and macabre to predicable and stale She lures her audience with two striking opening lines, and the first few chapters promise a sinster tale of deadpan humor and sly coverups, but the book quickly succumbs to familiar tropes the beautiful, can do nothing wrong younger sister and the older, less attractive sibling bearing the brunt of responsibility a woman so beautiful men just want to be with her and two women fighting over the same man Aside from taking a satirical approach to murder, there s nothing subersive about this book Its a tale of performing unspeakable acts in the name of self preservation and sisterhood whose twists and conclusion are forseeable however, it s a quick read with occasional hints of humor My Sister, the Serial Killer is best approached as a small snack for an amusing afternoon the kind of book one should check out from the library, swallow in two bites, and promptly return 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 recentl
FIVE STARS I LOVE THIS Femi makes three, you know Three and they label you a serial killer Ok, truth here this is not a suspenseful thriller, despite the enticing title It IS a novel about family dynamics, love between sisters and loyalty to the ones that matter in your life The minute I started this short, richly dark and funny book, I was HOOKED It is elegant and lovely, all gorgeous words on a page Set in Nigeria, very up to the minute contemporary, and oh so addictive The story centers around a beautiful 20 something that is so alluring, every man falls in love with her at first sight Unfortunately for them, our pretty girl tends to murder the man after she grows tired of him Her older sister is the slightly bitter one, responsible with a full time job and a neatnik cleaning fetish This comes in handy since her little sis calls her after every murde
She killed him on the first strike, a jab straight to the heart But then she stabbed him twice to be sure He sank to the floor She could hear her own breathing and nothing else A line like that is enough to grip the reader and their attention into a disturbing read of a serial killer and her sister Being transported to a small town in Nigeria, where the sister of a nurse has just called her letting her know she has killed another one of her boyfriends is, without a doubt, something disturbing I would be up for reading Unfortunately, the plot of that took a different turn and did not live to its praise I strongly feel like I m on the minority here, but the author did not manage to make me laugh at the humor and I did not find anything disturbing, besides the beginning Oyinkan Braithwaite starts off the book in an effective way We meet Korede, who is a nurse, caring for her patients, in charge of other nurses, and is pretty fond of cleaning up after the mess of her sister, who has killed two of her boyfriends When she is interrupted one night by her sister, she knows what it s about her sister has killed another boyfriend, Tade She didn t know much about him, besides the fact that he wrote poetry and was with Korede s sister, Ayoola, for one month Korede is, of course, on her way to her sister to clean up the mess With the practice she had

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  • 240 pages
  • Thicker Than Water
  • Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • 13 March 2019
  • 9780525564201