Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business . . . They have everything.
However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack.
Destroying all evidence of the accident, David insists they continue as normal. Rachel though is racked with guilt and as her behaviour becomes increasingly self-destructive she not only inflames David’s darker side, but also uncovers her own long-suppressed memories of shame. Can Rachel confront her past and atone for her terrible crime? Not if her husband has anything to do with it . . .
A startling, dark and audacious novel set in and around the Brighton streets, The Liar’s Chair will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page has been turned. A stunning psychological portrait of a woman in a toxic marriage, Rebecca Whitney’s debut will show that sometimes the darkest shadow holds the truth you have been hiding from . . .
I won a copy of this book in a give away in The Book Club, so a big thank you to The Book Club and to the lady behind the give away.
The Liar’s Chair is a dark, chilling thriller. The story follows Rachel a seemingly happy woman who seems to have everything and appears to everyone else to be happy. Then one fateful night Rachel kills a man in a hit and run and the cracks in her life start to appear. Living a lie starts to take its toll on Rachel and she turns to her controlling husband David and her lover Will for help. Due to Rachel’s lies and guilt she digs herself even more into trouble.
To be honest I can’t say I liked any of the characters in this book but then I don’t know if the reader is supposed to. David is a controlling husband who uses everyone in his quest for power and money in the business world and even though I think Will does genuinely have deep feelings for Rachel I don’t think he came across that well until towards the end of the book. As for Rachel, she is very much a troubled soul but then most of the time I don’t think she helps herself. Towards the end though I did start to have more empathy for her.
Even though in general I didn’t like the characters I did enjoy The Liar’s Chair. There are a couple of twists towards the end and the story line drew me in right from the very start.
Anyone who likes dark, psychological thrillers will enjoy this book and I certainly look forward to reading more by this author.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.