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  • Would I Lie to You?

  • By: Aliya Ali-Afzal
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

Faiza has always wanted to fit in. She has her banker husband, three beautiful children and gorgeous house in a sought-after corner of London, but behind the expensive clothes, make-up and furniture lies a big secret. Faiza has been dipping into the family savings account in her attempt to belong, promising herself that one day she'll put the money back. Now Faiza has six weeks to put it all back before her husband or her friends notice she is penniless. And as the clock ticks down, a different Faiza emerges: one who will learn things about her family, her identity, her hopes and desires that she never knew before.

©2021 Aliya Ali-Afzal (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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Well-paced & expertly plotted.

Faiza's husband Tom has just been made redundant from his high flying banking job in the City, but he's not too worried as they have a £75K emergency fund to live off while he looks for another job. What he doesn't know is that Faiza has frittered away every penny in her quest to keep up and fit in with (as the only woman of colour) the uber-rich yummy mummies of affluent Wimbledon Village.

This well-paced and expertly plotted novel follows Faiza as she tries to get the family finances back on track while also covering up her financial indiscretions from Tom, trapping herself in an ever increasing spiral of lies.

Faiza, who is rich, privileged and entirely the author of her own misfortune, could be a difficult character to like, but Aliya Ali-Afzal does a great job with the characterisation, so that I rooted for her despite her flaws. Tom was also a well-drawn, sympathetic character who I cared about.

A real strength of this novel was the depiction of some serious issues - the microaggressions Faiza has to contend with from some of the white mothers in her social circle, the challenges of an interracial marriage and raising biracial children, sexual harassment, mental health and suicide - which were expertly woven into the broader plot so they never felt preachy or tacked on, but added extra layers of depth to what could have been, in less skilled hands, a shallow story about shallow people.

Excellently narrated by Aysha Kala.

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Weak characterisation and dull plot

I listened to this audible book only because it was being read to me clearly and well, and so I could multi-task. The plot was OK, but the writing dragged in places. I disliked having so many unremitting and intricate details of everyone's clothing. It served to underline the shallowness of the main character whose financial incompetence led to an unlikely web of lies that was completely at odds with her Oxford degree and former professional background. I am sure the book will appeal to readers wanting to sink into an easy-read story during their holiday. Having been recommended the book, I chose it for that reason. However, overall, this novel failed to impress.

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A modern morality tale

I thought this was a really good modern story, a real insight into modern dilemmas, and the devastation of money worries. A me too story, with a positive ending. A real page turner too, and great characters and plot lines. Bravo.

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Totally Addictive

Adored everything about this book. Following Faiza's attempts to untangle a web of lies only to add more knots was addictive. Inhaled it as fast as I could.

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  • 06-02-22

I almost gave up on this book so many times.

In the end I finished it, but thought it was way too long and the main character infuriated me way too many times. To be honest, I didn't really like her - she seemed entitled, absolutely everything had to be about her and what she wanted and how she felt - and the other characters were quite one dimensional as a result. She was incredibly shallow, and made decisions that made no sense to any intelligent human being so I had trouble picturing her in the role she apparently was perfect for. Was it irony that it was in the financial world? The whole thing was so unlikely - in this day and age, the villain character was so over the top it was like the novel was written in 1984 when the world was a different place, and at the end, so saccharine with everything so perfectly tied up, I kinda wished I hadn't wasted my time but I was curious how it was all going to end up. In saying that, there were parts that were okay and I liked the narrator.