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If We Were Villains

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Oliver Marks has just served ten years for the murder of one of his closest friends - a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened ten years ago. As a young actor studying Shakespeare at an elite arts conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same roles onstage and off - villain, hero, tyrant, temptress - though Oliver felt doomed to always be a secondary character in someone else's story. But when the teachers change up the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously over into life. When tragedy strikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Full of friendship, betrayal, and passionate devotion, this is a page-turning literary thriller whose final, shocking twist you won't soon forget." - Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

"This is a rare and extraordinary novel: a vivid rendering of the closed world of a conservatory education, a tender and harrowing exploration of friendship, and a genuinely breathtaking literary thriller." - Emily St. John Mandel

"Expertly plotted, beautifully written, If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments." - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney


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Title: If We Were Villains: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-250-09528-X / 978-1-250-09528-2 (USA edition)
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Title: If We Were Villains
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Title: If We Were Villains: A Novel
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Title: If We Were Villains: A Novel
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Title: If We Were Villains: A Novel
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Title: If We Were Villains: A Novel
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Title: If We Were Villains
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Title: If We Were Villains: A Novel
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