If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Every once in a while you read a book like M.L. Rio’s Shakespeare-inspired masterpiece, If We Were Villains and, after you return it to the library, you immediately order it on Amazon.

(Take a gander at The Art of Buying Books on Amazon where I talk here about shopping small(er) on Amazon).

Following a group of seniors at a creative arts university, If We Were Villains intricately weaves Shakespeare into the very fabric of the mystery-genre. M.L. Rio effortlessly makes you care about each character and simultaneously suspect them of perpetrating the tragedy that plagues their final semesters.

Told from the viewpoint of one of the group members years after the events that reshaped all their lives, the story takes us on a piece-by-piece, act-by-act journey into the minds and actions of passionate drama students stuck in the roles they’ve come to embody over the past four years.

If I were in the throes of recommending it (which I am) I would tell you that if you love The Dead Poets Society, Shakespeare, autumn, and murder mysteries, then you’ve just found your next favorite book.

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