Can’t-Wait​ Wednesday: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings and spotlights upcoming releases.


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.


Why I Can’t Wait:

I know this was originally released in 2017 but, as a huge Shakespeare fan, this is one of my favourite books, and I can’t wait to own this special edition. The exclusive edition will have sprayed edges, a ribbon bookmark and will be signed. This is the perfect read for fans of dark academia.

Release Date: 05 October 2021

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