It’s always fun to introduce the Brittle Paper community to amazing new writing, especially when it is a crime story loaded with dark, snarky comedy. My Sister, The Serial Killer tells the story of a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
The Nigerian edition of the book, published by Lagos based Narrative Landscape Press, is slated to be released in December. Here is the good news! Beginning on November 8th, we will be running a month-long excerpts reveal of this amazing novel that crime fiction master Leye Adenle describes as “deliciously dark, wickedly funny, and astonishingly satisfying.”
Read the synopsis:
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.
Oyinkan Braithwaite is not a stranger to the literary community. She was a finalist for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is, in addition to being a novelist, a spoken-word poet and an illustrator. By the way, she designed the cover of the Nigerian edition of the book—used in this post.
My Sister, The Serial Killer has been optioned by Working Title, a UK-based production company (they made the film Baby Driver) for a TV series in the UK.
Watch this space people. After the month of excerpts, we will hold book giveaways. A few lucky readers will go home with copies of Braithwaite’s crime thriller.
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