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...
This won't be a long review...I found this book uncomfortable and jarring. The writing is good, very witty and atmospheric, and the characters are strong but I just found the plot weird and frustrating.
Similar to Blood Orange, I just couldn't see passed my frustration with the characters. I found Ayoola really annoying and selfish and even though I know that is how she was meant to come across, I just couldn't see beyond that. I also just wanted to shake Korede and make her see sense! I actually loved how the book was narrated by her, it felt like we were really in her head but I just wanted her to stop being at her sister's beck and call. Her sister is clearly a psycho who needs help...
So yeah...not a favourite of mine. I still gave it an ok rating because I can appreciate that it is a contemporary and well written story but that's as far as I'll go.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“I know better than to take life directions from someone without a moral compass.”
NA - just didn't enjoy it sorry...