- Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
- Series: Standalone
- No. of pages: 226
- Dates read: 02.02.20 – 05.20.20
- Rating: 3 stars
- Challenge: ONTD Reading Challenge (February: Read a book written by a Nigerian Author)
Synopsis: 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 have very mixed feelings about this novel.
There were many things I really enjoyed about it but my overall feeling towards the book was very average. I couldn’t really explain I just felt very meh after reading it. But when I thought about the book I found there were many things I actually enjoyed. So why was it that I was feeling all that fussed by it at the end.
But first the positives, I really enjoyed the short chapters. The longest chapters in this book was about 5 pages. I found this really effective in keeping me reading. I kept on saying to myself, “just one more chapter.” It just made the reading experience so much easier.
I liked Korede. But I didn’t enjoy watching her struggle, I wanted her to go to the police straight away against her sister. But I understood why she did what she did and I understood her relationship with her sister. That being said, I found it frustrating that she was being walked over.
Ayoola was a really interesting character to read about. I wanted to learn more about who she is as a person and why she did the things she did. I wanted to know why she put her sister through the things she did. I was just baffled by her yet intrigued.
Overall, it was a really interesting concept. I loved exploring the bond between sisters and the duty to protect your sibling.
But and here’s the but… it felt very surface level, I wanted more. I felt that the story needed more depth, we didn’t learn much about the characters and it ended all so suddenly. I just really needed some more detail for this story to work for me.