Goodreads Monday – If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s featured book is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. This mystery/thriller was published in 2017 and has an impressive 4.10 rating on Goodreads!

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, ingenue, extra. 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. 

Why do I want to read it?

I haven’t seen that much about this book around the blogosphere (I don’t know why it’s not hyped more?) but every time I do hear it mentioned, it’s quite positively! I remember seeing this cover for the first time and thinking I WANT THIS NOW and that feeling hasn’t changed. Although the alternate cover is cool, I still prefer this one but it’s only for the hardcover, so I’m waiting to allow myself to indulge a little in spending? 😬 The story itself sounds like a deliciously dark whodunit with a group of possibly messed up friends? After reading the blurb I have this burning desire to know what happened too! Lol I’ve also heard that the writing it quite beautiful so I’m looking forward to that as well.

Have you read If We Were Villains or is it on your TBR?

9 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

  1. This is one I’d really like to try, too! I’ve heard so many good things about it (although admittedly I don’t tend to read that many thrillers in a year) so I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it when you do read it. 🙂

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    • I really hope to get to it soon…ish eventually? Haha it does sound really good and I’m always up for a good thriller in between books, although this sounds like one of those meatier thrillers… I’m still keen for it though 😀 I hope you enjoy it whenever you pick it up!

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  2. I’ve seen (and adored) this cover before but I somehow never actually knew what it was about?? (I swear I live under a rock sometimes..) I’ve just read the synopsis for the first time now and I NEED THIS BOOK. I find the friend group ‘whodunnit?’ an interesting inclusion in stories so I’m eager to give this one a try. Fab choice Dini 🙂

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    • Haha I totally get that because a lot of the times I get excited just looking at a book’s cover but then never actually read the synopsis to find what it’s about 😂 I haven’t read many friend group whodunits but I have enjoyed the ones I’ve read 😀 I hope we both enjoy this one, Jen!


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