Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.
This week’s featured book is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. This mystery/thriller was published in 2017 and has an impressive 4.10 rating on Goodreads!
Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.
As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.
Why do I want to read it?
I haven’t seen that much about this book around the blogosphere (I don’t know why it’s not hyped more?) but every time I do hear it mentioned, it’s quite positively! I remember seeing this cover for the first time and thinking I WANT THIS NOW and that feeling hasn’t changed. Although the alternate cover is cool, I still prefer this one but it’s only for the hardcover, so I’m waiting to allow myself to indulge a little in spending? 😬 The story itself sounds like a deliciously dark whodunit with a group of possibly messed up friends? After reading the blurb I have this burning desire to know what happened too! Lol I’ve also heard that the writing it quite beautiful so I’m looking forward to that as well.
Have you read If We Were Villains or is it on your TBR?