Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali- Afzal (ARC Review)

Format: Physical

Source: Publisher via LoveReading UK

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Genres: Contemporary, Family Drama, Fiction

Publication Date: 8th July 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“At the school gates, Faiza fits in. It took a few years, but now the snobbish mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of their own. She’s learned to crack their subtle codes, speak their language of handbags and haircuts and discreet silver watches. You’d never guess, at the glamorous kids’ parties and the leisurely coffee mornings, that Faiza’s childhood was spent following her parents round the Tooting Cash ‘n’ Carry.

When her husband Tom loses his job in finance, he stays calm. Something will come along, and in the meantime, they can live off their savings. But Faiza starts to unravel. Raising the perfect family comes at a cost – and the money Tom put aside has gone. When Tom’s redundancy package ends, Faiza will have to tell him she’s spent it all.

Unless she doesn’t…

It only takes a second to lie to Tom. Now Faiza has six weeks to find £75,000 before her lie spirals out of control. If anyone can do it, Faiza can: she’s had to fight for what she has, and she’ll fight to keep it. But as the clock ticks down, and Faiza desperately tries to put things right, she has to ask herself: how much more should she sacrifice to protect her family?”

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My Thoughts & Review

Would I Lie To You? is a book that I wouldn’t normally chose to pick up, but when I read to description I know I had to pick it up, I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint.

This is a debut novel that follows Fazia a British Pakistani who is married to Tom (a white man), together they have 3 children. Faiza is so desperate to fit in with the elite mums at school, and the cost of doing so doesn’t matter. Faiza has been dipping into the family emergency savings to keep up, which isn’t an issue until her husband Tom loses his job, and money becomes so tight and they have to use the emergency savings. But the problem is Fazia has used up all the savings. She tries to hide this fact from Tom and things just spiral out of control. 

This is a well written book with a complex yet easy to follow plot. It’s fast paced and keeps up with the story, which I loved as it keeps your attention from start to finish. There are plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing as to how things will pan out for Fazia, some twists were easier to see coming than others but even then I wasn’t disappointed.  I really like the way the author has incorporated lot’s of important topics into the book while not making them the main part of the storyline, but still making readers aware of their importance in the story. Some of these topics maybe triggering to some readers, so please do check them out at the end before picking this book up.

I thought the characters were very well done, I wasn’t too sure about Fazia the main character at times as I found her decisions and actions to be quite frustrating, but as I read on I warmed to her and found it hard not to feel sorry for her as she was only trying to project her family and you do discover why she did what she did. 

To sum it sum this was a great debut novel and will without a doubt be looking out for more from this author in the future.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced contemporaryslash women’s fiction.

A big thank you too LoveReading UK and the publishers Head of Zeus for my physical proof copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Sexual assault, suicide, racism, debt, redundancy, mental health

My Rating

💙💙💙💙1/2

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Happy Reading!!!


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