If We Were Villains

By M. L. Rio
Read by Robert Petkoff

12.84 Hours 04/11/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781427286451

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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Nerdily (and winningly) in love with Shakespeare…Readable, smart.” New York Times Book Review
“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
“A well-written and gripping ode to the stage…A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth…Will draw readers in and leave them pondering the weight of our biggest actions and their consequences.” Mystery Scene
“A tale worthy of the Bard himself…ending in one final, astonishing twist.” Booklist
“Narrator Robert Petkoff, a consummate actor himself, delivers a compelling performance of Rio’s literary thriller…This story doesn’t just dabble in the Bard. Shakespeare’s words are woven throughout the narrative itself, not only during performance scenes but also during moments of private conversations, enhancing the intrigue…Petkoff skillfully delivers the rising tension that leads to a shattering conclusion.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: M. L. Rio

M. L. Rio, novelist, has worked in bookstores and theaters for years and is pursuing her MA degree in Shakespeare studies at King’s College London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 12.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English