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If We Were Villains (2017)

de M.L. Rio

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"Much like Donna Tartt'sThe 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 ofThe 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, 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, andMystery Scene says, "A well-written and gripping ode to the stage...A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth."… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 49 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I am in love with this book ( )
  alexisxnicole | May 12, 2022 |
Es un libro que imita la estructura de las obras de Shakespeare en cuanto a organización en 5 actos con prólogos y dividido en escenas. Tiene muchas referencias y diálogos de obras de Shakespeare. Pese a estar muy bien escrita no me ha enganchado. No es una novela de thriller, tal como yo esperaba, se centra en la vida de los personajes y no tanto en la trama del supuesto asesinato o muerte de uno de los amigos. ( )
  Miorra | Apr 28, 2022 |
All I can say is that this book is bloody brilliant ( )
  cancrian | Feb 9, 2022 |
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I really went back and forth on whether I was going to rate this 3 or 4 stars. There were parts of this book where I was genuinely kind of bored. Anytime I thought about picking this one back up, I didn't really want to. I mostly read this to see if the "dark academia" aesthetic was something I would like, and I can safely say, I don't think I do. I don't like pretentiousness in real academia and I don't like it in fake worlds either apparently. That didn't completely stop me from somewhat enjoying this book, but I think it did turn me off reading any similar books most likely. Also, speaking as a former theatre tech, if I knew a group of people who talked in Shakespeare quotes constantly, I would be super annoyed and probably despise them on principle.

I did think the characters in this book were very well written. They were all distinctive and easily imagined. The relationships between them were so strong which was so crucial to the overall plot. The relationship between Oliver and James was especially interesting to read and uncover more about.
The overall plot was interesting but in my opinion, was very predictable. However, I'm not knocking the book for that too much because I don't think that's the point. If you've read any Shakespeare, you probably know that point is not to surprise the reader. Given this books reliance on Shakespeare, I imagine they were going for a similar vibe. This didn't mean that I didn't find some parts of this boring and overly contrived and lengthy.

I would be interested in reading other books by this author, possibly with a different theme. The writing was very good, as were the characters. This style of writing and plot was just not for me. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
What an interesting, captivating, and satisfying book. It managed to be literate and thrilling at the same time. A very engrossing read. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 49 (següent | mostra-les totes)
In this strong and assured first novel, Rio crafts an intricate story about friendship, love, and betrayal. Recommended for readers who enjoy literary fiction by authors such as Tartt or Emily St. John Mandel.
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This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you.
 
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"Much like Donna Tartt'sThe 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 ofThe 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, 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, andMystery Scene says, "A well-written and gripping ode to the stage...A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth."

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