When a crime fiction makes it to the Booker Long-list , all crime-fiction fans rejoice and need to know what is there in the book that it made to The Booker Long-list . Perhaps the judges decided to include one crime fiction every year to grab the attention of the suspense fans . Despite Christie ‘ s popularity and Holmes ‘ popularity ( which outshone even Sir Conan Doyle ‘ s much to his chagrin ) , I am not able to fathom how suspense genre is sub-par to the other ‘ literary ‘ genres out there . Maybe , I will discuss it another time .
So , here ‘s my review of the My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaithe which is right now on the long-list for the Booker Prize .
Norah Henry , Dr David Henry’s wife remarks “Our world will never be the same.” before they start to the hospital for Norah’s first delivery during a blizzard . Little did she or Henry think about how much weight those words carry : Norah delivers twins unprecedentedly – a boy and a girl . While the boy is a healthy infant , the girl has Down’s syndrome . David secretly entrusts the baby to the care of a nurse while informing Norah that the child has died during birth . Norah would not come to know about her daughter’s existence until 25 years later – but the secret which had weighed down David like ” a stone around his neck ” as he himself puts it has torn the family apart .
When the beautiful , stylish and charismatic Rebecca St John starts out as a counselor in the prison where Eileen works , Eileen does not take too well to her – she takes Rebecca to be her rival for her ( almost-null ) chances with Randy ( that guard whose house she stakes out every weekend ) . But Rebecca seems to want to befriend her genuinely – which is too much for Eileen who hasn’t heard a friendly word from anybody for a long time . She wants to rise up to the demands of the friendship which Rebecca seems to be offering .
How far can she go to keep Rebecca happy whom she sees as a ticket to all glamorous things in life ? Be an accomplice to a crime ?