If We Were Villains: A Novel
“Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession...If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.”―Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The NestOliver... show more
“Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession...If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.”―Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The NestOliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless. Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words.
Publish date: 2017-04-11
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Looking back at the month of May, I am astounded to find that I read 24 books. Even better, only one of them was a dud. But this book, this book stood out from the crowd. An excellent, twisty mystery, lots of Shakespearean drama, and a surprising ending. For a first novel, it is amazing, but si...
Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborn...
Full review on my blog.I won the audiobook of this in a goodreads giveaway, but I'll definitely be buying the hardcover. (And probably also the UK edition because I love both covers.) I’m not much of an audiobook listener because my mind tends to wander, and it’s so easy for the narrator to annoy me...
Because I am huge fan of Shakespeare and all that entails this book worked for me on every level. I lived this book and loved it. It is a homage to the bard and of course an atmospheric, beautifully layered and indomitably emotional story in its own right.The comparisons to The Secret History are fo...