My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Review

Title – My Sister, The Serial Killer

Author – Oyinkan Braithwaite

Publisher/Published – Doubleday books / November 2018

Genre – Fiction, thriller, mystery

Pages – 226

Summary from Goodreads

“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.

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.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Wow this book! This was a highly anticipated read for me and I must say it delivered and is easily my favourite book so far. There just isn’t enough ways to describe how much I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down, it was so short but packed a punch. The chapters helped me fly through it because some were so short. I loved the writing style and I really enjoyed the plot which I won’t go in to as not to spoil it. When it ended I was so sad and I wanted more. I really hope there is a sequel.

I must say though if you love thrillers I would pick this one up. A short book that packs a punch and leaves you wanting more.

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Lullaby by Leïla Slimani Review

Title – Lullaby

Author – Leïla Slimani and translated by Sam Taylor

Publisher / Published – Faber and Faber / July 2018

Genre – Fiction, thriller, mystery, Contemporary

Pages – 224

Summary from Goodreads
When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Well this had me hooked. The beginning was eventful and instantly pulled you in. Lullaby starts by describing an awful event committed by Louise, the main character and then the story goes back, where we follow Louise on a downward spiral leading up to the event and what happens shortly after. It was quite captivating reading about Louise and her life but was also sad as her mind unravelled.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the book as the translation came across a bit clunky however I got past that and the plot kept me eager to read on.

Onto the characters, I could not stand the children’s parents, they were self-centred, complained so much and thought they were better than everyone else.

Louise was a captivating character and like I said before it was sad watching her mind slowly unravel as the story went on. However I couldn’t feel sorry for her or sympathise with her because of the horrendous thing she did. Unfortunately for Louise no one paid enough attention to notice she needed help, and in the end it was too late.

This was a solid book, with a captivating plot and I highly recommend people to read it.