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Head of Zeus
Would I Lie to You?
Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

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.

Readers and reviewers are loving Would I Lie to You?

'Warm, intelligent [...] and keeps up the tension right till the end' Sophie Kinsella
'A properly indulgent page turner' Adele Parks, Platinum
'A fresh take on domestic dynamics and moral dilemma... Great for book clubs' Clare Mackintosh
'Convincing and compelling' Stacey Halls
'I couldn't put it down... Tense and funny' Claire Douglas
'I was immediately hooked' Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
'Wise and warm... A page turner' Woman & Home
'A breathtaking, tense ride' Jesse Sutanto
'I just fell into it and couldn't stop' Sarah Pearse
'A refreshing new voice in commercial fiction' Cosmopolitan
'Intelligent and original' Lesley Kara
'So warm, funny, sad and brilliantly written' Laura Marshall
'Not just entertaining, but intelligent and original too [...] and the resourceful Faiza will steal your heart' Lesley Kara
'A warm, funny, compelling, escapist read' Debbie Howells
'Tense, funny, poignant and very clever' Claire Douglas

Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book * Fiction
06 Jan 2022 * 448pp * £8.99 * 9781800245686
An uplifting and joyous read... A refreshing new voice in commercial fiction'
'Warm, intelligent [...] and keeps up the tension right till the end'
Sophie Kinsella
'A fresh take on domestic dynamics and moral dilemma... Great for book clubs'
Clare Mackintosh
'Convincing and compelling'
Stacey Halls
'A page-turner hinging on financial meltdown'
Woman & Home
'An engaging, entertaining, smart, and ultimately feel-good novel with huge emotional integrity and balance'
'Compelling and heartwarming'
Happiful Magazine
'A brilliant read'
Bella Magazine
'This book acknowledges moral dilemmas with wit and warmth'
Woman's Weekly
'This warm-hearted, funny debut is an indulgent page-turner... A gripping, unexpected thriller'
Adele Parks, The Sun
'[A] dazzling debut'
My Weekly
'This is warm and genuinely funny, opening as Faiza tries to get out of a 'Botox party' she can't afford, and following her desperate attempts to keep her spending secret. Loved it'
The Bookseller
'A warm, insightful tale of family, friendship and fitting in'
People's Friend
'I just loved this... I read this almost in one sitting and I absolutely adored it'
Annabel & Grace
'Ali-Afzal's witty, sharp, and very funny book will have you cheering throughout'
Penguin Random House Blog
Aliya Ali-Afzal
Aliya Ali-Afzal
Aliya Ali-Afzal has a degree in Russian and German from UCL and worked as an Executive MBA Career Coach in London. While helping her clients to pursue their dream lives and careers, she decided to take her own advice and become a writer. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, is an alum of Curtis Brown Creative, and has had her writing longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, the Mslexia Novel Competition, the Mo Siewcharran Prize, and the Primadonna Prize. Aliya has lived in London all her life since moving there from Pakistan as a young child.
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