The main reason why I bought this book is for the cover: it’s so so fucking beautiful!
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…
I finished this book in 2 days. Yes, It’s that good.
The storyline is intriguing and very well-written, the dilemma that Korede lives with is very stressful throughout the book. You can’t help but understand Korede’s behavior as we are all raised with this mantra « Family above all ». The sisters are not perfect and have some pretty harsh flaws, yet through this book we tend to sympathize with them and find ourselves understanding Korede’s behavior. The accompanying inner thoughts help shape this novel and make it one of a kind. As it is set in modern Nigeria, there are many references to social media and modern behavior which I think is at the expense of any intellectual stimulation or depth in terms of storytelling.
The book is labeled as a disturbing thriller, but there is nothing thrilling nor disturbing in this. I expected more violence or crimes as I am used to Scandinavian thrillers, but this one is very « cute » and light. It can be compared to a fanfiction in terms of violence rating.
It’s a perfect book if you want to ready an easy thriller novel with satire and dark humour and it’s a refreshing surprise as it is the author’s first novel and work. I can’t wait for her next book or even for a follow-up to this one.