Book Review: If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

“Hamlet stirred in my memory. There’s a special providence, he says, in the fall of a sparrow.” (p. 181) I’m not usually one to read murder mysteries. I sometimes find that a heavy reliance on the development of an intricate and unravelling plot can lead to the underdevelopment of characters. Which is, of course, understandable and not inherently bad, but personally, the connection that I develop with the people who drive a story is most often linked with my overall enjoyment of the novel. This is why I really enjoyed the way that these two aspects were balanced in If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. Taking place at a prestigious arts college, the characters are not just suspects—they’re actors

We acknowledge the past, present and emerging traditional owners of the land on which we live and work, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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