My book a week challenge for 2021 and my journey into reading more African literature began here this year. A highly rated novel by Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite. It took me just a few days to read this one, it would’ve been shorter but I was balancing writing for assignments and being intrigued by Korede and Ayoola. But from the moment I started reading it I was hooked and I stayed hooked throughout. Oyinkan has an amazing style of writing and the story telling is effortless like the recounting of a lived experience.
Now is it a book about a serial killer? Yes and no. Yes because there is a serial killer in the novel, a very successful one I might add and one no one suspects yet the story is not centred on serial murder. The story revolves around being the sister of a serial killer and until she murders the book is really just this tasty goulash of unrequited feelings, jealousy and the ever present past. The book does however offer insight into the mind of a serial murderer and it paints a picture that says humans are only monsters on the inside but outwardly they appear to be as sweet as the next person.
Who is my favourite character in the novel? There’s a guy who’s in a coma for most of the book but he knows all the secrets. Muhtar is the plot twist that intrigues me. Silent in his bed listening to everything, he’s like the secret journal and although he does nothing, the plot still revolves around him. A few other characters were favourite but as people not in comas always they dissappointed.
What would I change? It’s hard to say what I would change without giving away too much of the both. Maybe I would add more story telling from Ayoola’s perspective instead of it just being Korede all time. I needed to know what was the reason? But a serial killer is a serial killer I guess. Three people dead at your hands and they give you the title. But Korede is just as bad or worse, how can she just calmly clean up after a serial killer. It doesn’t matter if she’s youf sister.
Would I still date Ayoola knowing she’s a serial killer? Yes and before you think I’m crazy let me explain why. I actively don’t have a good reason but I’m just interested in seeing if she would have reason to kill me. I just think I’m not a very killable person and probably if she had dated me first they would be no serial killer. Anyways I googled female serial killers and it turns out Ayoola is quite unique, unlike her counterparts who use poison she prefered her knife which maybe validates the spontaneity of her crimes.
I actually dreamt about dating a serial after reading this but that’s a story for another. If you would like to hear more about this book before reading then checkout Beaton’s review HERE or the Queen of African BookTubers review below