If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
I read it as an: audiobook
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Thoughts: I loved this book so much I went out and bought my own kindle copy of it, even though this is supposed to be my year of not buying anything. This was a tale of madness and obsession and ALL the Shakespeare! A group of theatre students at a prestigious college, nearing graduation, are coming unraveled and their places in their group are not as secure as they once thought. Tensions come to a head when they receive their role assignments for a major play in the fall and not all goes as they expect. Soon after, one of their troupe ends up dead and the others know more than they are willing to admit. Someone has to take the fall for what turns out to be a killing rather than an accidental death, and the resolution does indeed “make mad the guilty, and appall the free.”
There was almost nothing I didn’t love about this book. The characters were well developed and complex. They all had flaws and some were just downright nasty. Some were confusing – I do NOT understand why Oliver did what he did, nor why the others let him. I loved all the Shakespearean quotes littered throughout the text, even if it was a hodge-podge and not always entirely accurate. The only thing I didn’t love was that sometimes I felt when they were acting the plays, it got a little too long. Too much direct quoting from Shakespeare. Just, maybe, sum up. We’ve all read those, we don’t need a whole act copied out again. So some of those scenes got a little long. But otherwise, the tension and the action and setting were all brilliant and I adored the final twist in the last lines. I can’t wait to read more by this author.