An intoxicating blend of thriller, campus drama and Shakespearian tragedy, Rio’s international bestseller is now available in a breathtakingly designed anniversary edition, complete with stunning illustrations and deluxe finishes.
Signed deluxe hardback edition complete with ribbon and specially commissioned illustrations
A gorgeous 5th anniversary edition of the bestselling dark academia thriller complete with a brand-new cover, original illustrations and deluxe finishes.
Blood will have blood…
I lean forward on my elbows, so my face is only a few inches from his, so he hears every word when I lower my voice. “It must eat you alive, not knowing. Not knowing who, not knowing how, not knowing why. But you didn’t know him.”
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.
Like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, If We Were Villains draws readers into a close-knit, exclusive coterie and watches as rivalry and obsession cause alliances to fracture - with explosive results. Structured in scenes and acts and peppered with Shakespearean quotes and allusions the novel has the driving momentum of a classic tragedy. Beautifully written with a thrilling plot, it is a story of friendship, passion and what happens when driving passion becomes dangerous obsession.
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
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I’ve read this book multiple times now and I just adore it. The characters are distinct in their nature but fit well together the plot is fluid and paced well and the overall aesthetic is wonderful.
“Best dark academia book”
I don’t want to compare this book to others of the genre but it’s so good that I have two of them now. This particular edition is very good and has really nice illustrations that match the narrative style. The dust... More
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I knew nothing about this author or book when I picked it up. I am delighted I did; it is a very good novel indeed. It cannot help but be compared to Donna Tart's "Secret History", telling as it does... More
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