My husband picked this book up at the library and said he’d heard good things about it, that I might like it, so I skimmed through the jacket flap and thought, “Huh, this does sound good,” so I tucked it into my N7 knapsack and proceeded to peruse the New Releases section.
I mean, it sounded good, but I had no idea at the time how much I was going to love this book. It’s relatively short and fast-paced, meaning it took me just a couple hours to read it from cover to cover because once I started reading I couldn’t imagine doing other things, like eat or sleep.
Korede is a nurse, working with a doctor named Tade whom she quietly pines after, but she doesn’t exactly have much time to tend to her own emotions because her sister Ayoola is prone to calling her in hysterics, when her boyfriends wind up murdered–always by her hand.
Korede knows deep down she should report her sister to the authorities and stop the darkness she continues spreading, but since Ayoola was small, Korede knew it was her duty to look after little sister, to take care of her and keep her safe. If that means protecting her from her own lacking morality, so be it, but it’s a cost Korede suffers in silence, constantly debating with herself whether it’s worth it.
When Ayoola starts coming around the hospital and takes an interest in Tade, Korede discovers there are limitations to her loyalty, and when Ayoola tells her all men are the same, including her precious Tade, Korede struggles to come to terms with a hard truth that’s been staring her in the face all along.
Good gods, I highly recommend this book, especially to people with siblings. As the eldest child in a family with four children, there were so many moments during Korede’s inner-dialogue I could relate to. Parental expectations, sibling indifference, frustration, and a love impossible to describe. Oyinkan Braithwaite’s style is succinct and clever, the voice she crafted for the narrative absolutely perfect. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by this brilliant woman.
Five out of five stars!