* This review does not contain any spoilers*
Publishing Date: November 20th, 2018
Point of View: Single first person
Pages: 240 (US paperback)
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
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HOW I WENT INTO IT
I was feeling kind of slumpy so I wanted to pick up something short. By this point I had also set my goal of reading all (or most) of the Nominees for the Goodreads awards in the Mystery/Thriller category. I knew nothing about it besides what the very direct title tells you.
It was a unique experience. This book is categorized as mystery/thriller in most places. Which you would think makes sense given the fact that it’s told from the perspective of a woman who keeps being summoned by her serial killer sister to help clean up her murder crime scenes. Don’t let yourself be fooled, there is absolutely nothing mysterious of thrilling about this book. I don’t mean the author tried and failed to make it thrilling, I mean that this book is written like it’s contemporary. We know everything that is going on and are just following along as these two sisters try to figure things out and their relationship is put to the test. Whether I like this approach or not (I’m still not 100% sure), this isn’t like anything I’ve ever read and I can definitely appreciate it for uniqueness alone.
The ‘little snippet’ chapters worked well. This book is told in very short snippets of memories or glimpses into present situations and interactions. Every chapter has a title that ties into the topic of the chapter. It really helped me to stay engaged and interested even though I was having mixed feelings while reading.
THE (SEMI) NEGATIVES
It didn’t move me in any way. I think this is my main problem. As I said I liked the fact that it was different, I was open to enjoying it for what it is. However, due to everything being discussed in such a straight forward, non-suspenceful way, I just could not help but feel unmoved by it? Everything was happening as suspected and I observed without ever really caring about anything.
It could have delved a lot deeper. The premise of following the sister of a serial killer who has to choose between protecting her family and doing what is right is such an interesting premise. There could have been so much internal conflict and meaningful discussions on the topic of morality. It did do some of that, but in my eyes it all stayed pretty surface level.
I can’t see in which world this book would be comedic. At no point during this book did I ever think it was funny. But when I went to copy the synopsis for this post, I saw it was advertised as ‘blackly comic’ right there at the top. Some reviewers even say they laughed out loud. I guess I’m just missing the satire?
It had this ‘amazingly stunning woman who everyone falls in love with as soon as they lay their eyes upon her’ thing going. EVERY man who meets the sister just can’t help but be obsessed with her as soon as they see her. This trope just makes me roll my eyes. Don’t people find different features attractive? Don’t some people have to get to know someone before they develop these intense feelings? How can she realistically have this effect on everyone. It could be me though. Maybe I just haven’t had the pleasure to meet a woman as beautiful as described in these books.
In general I think this just wasn’t IT. I appreciate the book being unique but other than that it didn’t do much for me. I would have probably dnf’ed it if it was much longer, but since it was so short it was worth seeing where it went. I didn’t like it but I also don’t regret reading it. Does that make any sense at all? 😂
RECOMMENDING IT TO YOU
This is a tough one to recommend because even though I didn’t particularly like it, I think it’s still worth reading… for some people? I’d definitely recommend giving it a try if you want something different. Just don’t pick it up if you’re looking for anything mysterious or thrilling.
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