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Might Have Been Entitled
If I Were a Numb-Skulled Nelly-Belled Nincompoop ...
(But Alas, I Shan't Spoil It for You.)
2.5 bumped up to 3 for debut novel.
The book was heavy on histrionics for narrative fiction (as opposed to a play); too predictable to be a mystery novel; definitely too hokey for literary fiction. For example, without warning, the characters in the midst of regular dialogue tend to break into pages of lines from Shakespeare.
Plus, I just never connected with any of the characters.
Nevertheless, the story should much please Shakespearean "folly-fallen, foot-lickers," and all fans of soapy suspense.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
What would have made If We Were Villains better?
This is a ZERO star story! The characters are terrible, self-involved people and the story is even worse...I just wanted it to be over. I can't get my time back, but I will most certainly ask for my credit back. Nothing can save this book, it belongs in a literary dust bin!
Would you ever listen to anything by M. L. Rio again?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?
No one, not even Jim Dale, could fix what is wrong with this story. It's not the fault of the narrator, the writing is terrible!
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger, disappointment and sheer boredom.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful