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For bookworms, the most exciting thing about heading into a brand new year is the prospect of all the lovely new books that will be published across the next twelve months.

With so much choice it can be difficult to know where to start. Do you prioritise that much-hyped thriller everyone’s talking about? What about the literary darling that has award-winner written all over it?

We’ve put together a preview of our most-anticipated books of 2019 to get your TBR list started. There’s crime, romance, drama, space, history and everything in-between – promising a book everyone.

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Book Review: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (CULTUREFLY)

The question of how far you would go to protect your family is the running thread of this prickly debut from Nigerian writer Oyinkan Braithwaite. Two sisters in their twenties living in modern day Lagos have your typical issues: sibling rivalry, keeping their social media updated etc, as well as what could be considered the more unusual – trying to hide a growing pile of bodies of ex boyfriends, for example.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – a morbidly funny slashfest (THE GUARDIAN)

With a title like that, you expect a belter of an opening, and Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel doesn’t disappoint. It kicks off with Korede, sponge in hand, reflecting that the hardest place to scrub clean of blood is the join between the shower and the caulking. She should know; this is the third boyfriend her sister Ayoola has dispatched in “self-defence”.

This is no crime thriller, however. Braithwaite is most interested in the relationship between the sisters, who are close despite their opposing natures (Ayoola is gorgeous and slapdash, Korede angular and efficient). She puts their bond under increasing strain to find the breaking point. Korede feels obliged to help cover up for her sister’s misdeeds, but how will she react when Ayoola makes a play for the cute doctor she has long adored from afar?

It’s a classic love triangle, with the added twist of the knife Ayoola takes with her on dates. 

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The Biblioracle Awards: More favorite reads from 2018 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

I Can’t Believe the Author Did That Book of the Year

“My Sister, The Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Doubleday, 240 pages, $22.95

The title is both joke and not. Like a lot of this book, you’re never quite sure how to take it, but the result is a nasty and delicious little novel that you’ll read in a day and wonder about for days later.

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RIF’s Favorite Reads of 2018 (READ IT FORWARD)

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut is not for the easily offended—after all, it’s a comedic take on the common revenge fantasy many women have of killing their terrible boyfriends. Ayoola is gorgeous and vibrant and, well, murderous: her relationships, as her sister Korede delicately says, tend to end badly. So badly, in fact, that Korede, who’s always been the responsible sister in the family, helps clean up the mess, dispose of the body, and get rid of the evidence. She even reminds Ayoola not to be too flippant on social media while she’s meant to be mourning. There have been three dead boyfriends so far, and while Korede isn’t thrilled about this, she’s willing to help her sister out. But when Ayoola begins dating Korede’s crush, things get tricky—not only does Korede wish he was interested in her rather than attention-getting Ayoola, but Korede’s also concerned about his very life. A gothic tale of murder, sibling rivalry, love, and delicious revenge.

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Sister Act: On “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite (LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS)

WOE BE TO the novel protagonist that finds out a loved one is complicit in a serious crime. At such a moment, a wonderful gap opens in both the character and reader. This is someone the protagonist cares deeply about, and that someone is in big trouble. Worse, now that the main character knows about the crime, she might be in trouble too. While enjoying such a story, I typically try to massage the law in my head. I hope to prove to myself that the protagonist’s knowledge of the crime and not coming forward about it is not, in fact, a crime itself. I try remembering past episodes of Law & Order, search my mind for fictional or even real examples of characters or people escaping prosecution despite full knowledge of the offense. These are moments fiction writers strive for. The reader so deeply empathizes with the protagonist that she actively engages in the story. Such legal math seems integral to the pleasurable reading of crime fiction.

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Announcing the 2019 Tournament of Books (THE MORNING NEWS)

Here it is: the shortlist, judges, commentators, and Zombie poll for the 2019 edition of the Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes.


It started as a lark then became some type of thing. It jumped sharks, spawned clones, fostered some friendships and destroyed others, and hopefully—because here’s the point of this whole dumb thing—it led you to some really, really great fiction. But seriously, friends, the idea that the Tournament of Books is officially 15 Tournaments old? Is deeply weird to us, and very wonderful, and we’re grateful to everything you’ve done to help us shape it into anything resembling good. So let’s do it all over again!

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