If We Were Villains
Mystery & ThrillerGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction
Publisher Price: $17.99
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: Apr 17 2018
Height: 1.00 Width: 5.40 Depth: 8.10
"This book is a wonderful, suspenseful novel following Oliver Marks, a former actor before his arrest. Thrown in jail for a suspicious murder, Marks' story begins when Detective Colborne wants to know the truth about that night. As the reader follows a group of theatre students throughout the Dellecher Shakespeare conservatory, a bond of blood and secrecy commences. Strained relationships and a sense of found family, this book is perfect for a rainy (or snowy) day. Be warned: this book may cause heartbreak." --Addy
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
--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, ingénue, 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. If We Were Villains was named one of Bustle's Best Thriller Novels of the Year, and Mystery Scene says, A well-written and gripping ode to the stage...A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth.