If We Were Villains: A Novel

Written by:
M. L. Rio
Narrated by:
Robert Petkoff

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2017
12 hours 50 minutes
“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 of The Nest

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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Joell M.

Loved it. Characters were great. Suspense was fantastic. Loved every minute.

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Carrie K.

It’s been a while since I read a book that completely submerged me in it’s atmosphere, characters and language. Rich in theatrical history and interpretation, both literary and in acting, the story sticks in my mind and won’t let go. Highly recommend!

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Daniel E.

One of my favorite novels. Started out slowly but once the characters became imbedded in my consciousness, I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read this book several times and hope the author writes a follow up novel involving Oliver’s search for well deserved happiness

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I really liked this book and the narration was good!

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