Review: Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

Title: Would I Lie To You?

Author: Aliya Ali-Afzal

Pages: 401 Pages

Publisher: Head of Zeus

The Blurb

She could lose the perfect life… if she tells the truth. 

At the school gates in Wimbledon Village, Faiza fits in. It took a few years and a brand new wardrobe, but now the snobbish mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of their own.

But the perfect life costs money. When her husband Tom loses his job, Faiza realises she’ll have to reveal her biggest secret: she’s spent her family’s entire life savings.

Unless she doesn’t… 

It only takes a second to lie to Tom. Now Faiza has six weeks to find £75,000 or risk losing the family she has worked so hard to protect.

The Review

Aliya Ali-Afzal’s Would I Lie To You? is the kind of novel that needs a new genre definition – I don’t know if such things as domestic thrillers exist but if I had to categorise it as anything it would be this. On the surface, it is contemporary literary fiction but the topics that Ali-Afzal deals with genuinely led me to have some heart-stopping moments: mental health, sexual harassment, debt – you name it, this book has it.

Our protagonist Fazia is, at times, unlikeable. She wallows in situations of her own making and rather than dealing with the bigger picture she plots and schemes and becomes completely untrustworthy. You want to scream at her, grab her by the shoulders and give her a good shake. Yet, you also sympathise with her. No one wants to be in her situation and Ali-Afzal writes about it so succinctly that you feel the desperation and panic for her. I felt like I was being swallowed by all the pressures of her life. I felt like I was going through it with her. For me, this is a sign of quality writing.

Would I Lie To You? is a fantastic read.

Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal is available now.

For more information regarding Aliya Ali-Afzal (@AAAiswriting) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Head of Zeus (@HoZ_Books) please visit www.headofzeus.com.

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