Title: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 13th June 2017
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Amazon UK – Waterstones
Oliver Marks has just served ten years for 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 a decade before.
As a young actor 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. But when the teachers change the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the play spills 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…