If We Were Villains
ISBN: 1250095298
EAN13: 9781250095299
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 17, 2018
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 0.98" H x 8.94" L x 5.87" W
Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.
--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest
Nerdily (and winningly) in love with Shakespeare.Readable, smart.
--New York Times Book Review

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

A decade ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ing nue, extras.

But in their fourth and final year, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students' world of make-believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent. Read More chevron_right

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   Incredible!
This book is amazing, incredible, beautiful, poetic, inspiring, suspenseful, wonderfully written. If We Were Villians is a masterpiece. I've been trying to find a book that is the same as The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I couldn't find it. Now. I may like this book more. The story made me want to read it. How can an author do it? Immense talent is how. The way that Ms. Rio was able to ignite a desire to read Shakespeare in a way that was believable is unbelievable. I can't wait to read more of her books, she is an amazing author and I can't wait to read more of her books. The story is what stays with you. I think it's a great idea. A masterpiece!
 
5
   Absolutely gripping
This is why I belong to a book club, because I read this as part of a book club. If We Were Villians is not a book I would normally pick up, but it was placed in my hands and I am so happy. There is something for everyone in this place. The book begins at the end of the story and explores the past and why our main character has been in jail for ten years. It was a great novel with great character development and deep suspense. You can image egos and drama when following a group of close friends as they attend a Shakespeare school. The bones of the narrative are what happened. After closing the pages for the final time, I still think about it two months later. Absolutely gripping!
 
5
   Dark Academia, Mystery
I love this book! When reading it, I was just so obsessed and flew through it. Perfect fall read because it is dark academia!
 
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   Ugh. Only read this if you're a die-hard fan of both THE SECRET HISTORY and *sniff* the theater
I attempted 18%. I like to watch stage productions and I loved The Secret History. I used to go to college all the time because one of my friends was a theater major. The Secret History and Shakespeare didn't work. It was like a pretentious book for boring people. When I was in college, there was a guy who was a philosophy major and he was really hot and we got along well, but he was full of himself and everything he said was like listening to someone say stupid things in a smart way. It made me want to hit my head with a piece of furniture. I'm happy for you who liked it, but I thought it was boring. 1.5 out of 5 stars
 
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   16 torn pages!!!
The book had 16 torn pages. It is not right to keep this information out when someone is making a purchase. Never again.
 
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   Uhhhh...
I don't like the book. The Secret History was a rip-off of Shakespeare's work. I don't think you will enjoy this book if you don't like Shakespeare. The story is told in verse to the point where it took me out of the story and I was just skimming whenever these pretentious idiots started quoting. It could have been redeemed if the characters were interesting. They were like that and nothing else. I wish I had spent my time with this.
 
5
   Intelligent literary thriller in the classic Shakespearean tradition!
For Shakespeare buffs, a rare find. This is an intelligent thriller and a wild ride with a touching and unexpected conclusion.
 
5
   Well Written and Very Smart!
The reader is kept in suspense from beginning to end by Rio's weaving of her tale. Murder, friendship, and theater make this book a good read. My search history is smarter than ever after I found myself researching the Shakespeare quotes. It was fun and educational.
 
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   Disappointing
It sounded like something I would enjoy, but it wasn't. I scanned the last hundred pages to finish it off.
 
5
   My favorite book in the last five years
Oh wow! Superb references to Shakespeare, a delightful story, great character development, and beautiful prose are some of the things that make this story wonderful. I have read one of the best books in the last 5 years. Can't wait for the next book from M.L Rio!
 
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