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As Would I Lie to You journeys through the kind of sorrow that wrings the heart dry, it explores how secrets compound loss.
It kept me invested and intrigued.
— Patricia Westerhof, author of Catch Me When I Fall and The Dove in Bathurst Station

Would I Lie To You?

by Mary Lou Dickinson

Would I Lie to You is a compelling story of loss and redemption. With a sure hand and a keen eye, Dickinson deftly probes the secrets of the human heart.
— Andrew J. Borkowski, author of Copernicus Avenue, winner of the Toronto Book Award

Would I Lie to You? is a novel about secrets, secrets that even loving couples have been known to keep from each other. After ten years of marriage, Sue and Jerry each harbours a significant secret. In this novel, the son our protagonist didn’t know her husband had and the baby she had when she was sixteen and never saw.

When Jerry becomes ill and it’s apparent he’s dying, Sue visits a psychic, Hans, who tells her there is someone like a son in her life. She dismisses this, but at Jerry’s funeral his son turns up. At first Sue feels betrayed by Jerry, but gradually accepts her own complicity.

The novel explores the reality of family secrets, huge issues that are kept quiet under the veneer of polite society and that affect the individuals and families involved for lifetimes, even generations. The novel also raises the question of who is family and how do we create one. 

Dickinson is a storyteller who weaves ordinary lives and ordinary events into an extraordinary tale. A son who does not know his father, a daughter who never knew her birth mother, a psychic who sees too much, knows too much motivated by a need to help others ‘see’. This is a slice of life deftly told by a storyteller who seems to grasp the tenuousness of existence.
I must say I enjoyed reading this novel. Dickinson has certainly matured as a fine writer of gentle fiction with depth and an astute understanding of human beings and our complexities and foibles.
— Paula de Ronde. Librarian (retired) formerly at Toronto Public Library. Former President (OLA) Ontario Library Association.
In her moving third work of fiction, Mary Lou Dickinson asks the question ‘would I lie to you’ and the answer is…’yes.’ Dickinson touchingly and skillfully exposes the secrets and lies embedded in family relationships, revealing that, while the truth might not set one free, it can lead to healing and more fulfilling bonds between loved ones.
— Heather J. Wood, author of Fortune Cookie
No lie, it was a good read and I was always happy to return to it. I responded in a personal way to many aspects of “Would I Lie To You” and because of the familiar settings, I felt like I was in the story.
— Sharon Hampson (of Sharon, Lois & Bram)