My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

38819868.jpgKorede’s sister, Ayoola, is beautiful, charming, and has murdered her last three boyfriends. Korede is the only person who knows and has helped to clean up the blood and get rid of the bodies, but she’s had enough. When Ayoola starts dating a handsome doctor from the hospital where Korede works, she is finally forced to look at what her sister has become and do whatever she can to stop the list of dead boyfriends from growing.

This book is genius. It is filled with dark humour and is surprisingly plausible. The characters are distinctly flawed but also believable and I found myself sympathising with both sisters. Although the story focusses on the present and Ayoola’s relationship with Tade, enough information is given about their childhood to really allow the reader to understand their personalities.

There is some really excellent integration of African culture. I love it when accent and colloquialisms are used in a book, and they work very well in this one. To be honest, I didn’t actually understand a lot of them (my African language knowledge is limited at best) but this didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all.

I was a bit disappointed by the ending (which I won’t give away), but it did work with the story so I can’t complain too much. Overall, a brilliant debut and I would definitely read more from this author.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The Sentence is Death – Anthony Horowitz

39913740.jpgSuccessful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Price is found dead in his home, smashed around the head with an expensive bottle of wine. The Sentence is Death sees the return of Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his writer assistant, Anthony Horowitz. As the investigation unfolds and Anthony’s other projects are put in jeopardy, he finds himself questioning his decision to write another book about Hawthorne. However, the desire to be the one to solve the murder is simply too strong to resist.

This book is another great crime novel from Anthony Horowitz and an excellent follow-up to The Word is Murder. The main characters are already firmly established (I wouldn’t recommend reading this without having read book #1 first), and the partnership of this crime-solving duo really works. Hawthorne is as rude and grumpy as ever, while Anthony is timid but determined to make a contribution in solving the murder.

Considering that these characters and their relationship have already been introduced, there is surprisingly little character development: we learn very little more about Hawthorne. He’s still a strong character, as is Anthony himself, but we are given only a very small amount of new information about either of them. I still find it fascinating that Horowitz has turned himself into the main character of his book, as well as being the narrator. With all the little real-life details in the book, the story feels 100% real and genuine. I think it’s fiction, but it’s honestly difficult to say. The way the book is written, it could easily be based on truth.

The plot is detailed and unexpected. It’s a fun read and very well executed.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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