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If We Were Villains
by M. L. Rio


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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 Nest

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail for a murder he may or may not have committed.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 Nest

Oliver 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. 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250095282
  • ISBN-10: 125009528X
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

The premise of Rios debut novel is intriguing: its a murder mystery set at a Illinois college specializing in Shakespeare studies, led by a man with the coincidentally appropriate name of Holinshed. The story follows a group of college students passions, jealousies, and insecurities, which, over time, escalate to murder. Rio makes effective use of her framing devicea prologue set in 2007 introduces one of the students, Oliver Marks, who is about to be released on parole from prison after a decade behind bars for murder. The homicide detective who handled the case, Joseph Colborne, is about to retire from the force and attempts to convince Oliver to finally come clean about what really happened by promising him that anything he reveals will be off the record. Flashbacks disclose what led up to the death of one of the students in 1997 and the tensions Oliver observed among his classmates before and after. Though the plot twists may not surprise some readers, this is a solid mystery that keeps the pages turning. (Apr.)

 
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