If We Were Villains: a novel by M. L. Rio

1. First lines 2. Publisher: Affirm Press; Macmillan 3. Conventional comedy and tragedy theatrical masks By Booyabazooka Licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia 4. Romeoandjuliet1597 [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 5. King Lear 1619 [Public Domain] via Wikimedia
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Shakespeare:… when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion …” Translated: “…. when something bad happens as a result of our own behaviour, we blame it on everything else, as if it’s not our fault.”

Oliver Marks, a young student actor has been jailed for murder. Ten years earlier, in 1997, when the crime occurred, he was part of a group of seven students in their last year of their studies at an arts college. A police officer who had investigated the crime has come to find out the truth about what actually happened, because he had never believed that Oliver was guilty.

“The lake, the broad black water, lurked in the background of every scene we played after that – like a set from a play we did once, shuffled to the back of the scene where it would have been quickly forgotten if we didn’t have to walk past it every day.”

“An impossible apology glued my tongue to the roof of my mouth.”

~ Quotes from the book.
  • Kirkus: “This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you.”
  • Publishers Weekly: “Though the plot twists may not surprise some readers, this is a solid mystery that keeps the pages turning.”

Author website: M. L. Rio

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