The Liar’s Chair
by Rebecca Whitney
The truth could destroy her . . . A stunning psychological thriller debut set in Brighton
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 can’t remember reading a novel where there are so many unlikeable characters. I think the only one with any redeeming features is Will; and he is a drug-dealer! That’s how bad it is.
Rachel, the protagonist, is awful, even knowing that she is married to the biggest twonk ever doesn’t make you warm to her. She is needy, irresponsible and blames everybody except herself for all her ills.
Coming home from spending the night at her lover’s, she knocks down and kills a man. Knowing she is probably over the limit, she panics, drags the body into the woods and doesn’t report the accident. The only person she tells is her husband David, who is a controlling, manipulative man. This is just what he needs to control her even more. He sorts everything out with help from his contacts, leaves no trace and hopes to continue with their successful business and veneer of respectability as if nothing has happened. David’s character is very well written. He is cold, harsh and emotionless (except with his dogs).
Rachel is racked with guilt and cannot just let it go and so the two hurtle along pushing, pulling, poking and prodding at each other until they reach the point where something has to give. But who will be the winner?
The problem I have with this book is; there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for Rachel not to leave the relationship, and I use the word relationship very loosely. This is nothing more than a business arrangement, it was never built on love. She is strong enough to defy him time and again, so why not just leave him?
The start of the book was impressive and the ending was also good even if it left me with mixed feelings. I don’t mind that at all. The middle of the book, I felt kind of lost its way, maybe because it was being pushed along by this faux relationship. I put it down about halfway through and it took a good while for me to pick it back up again.
I am going to give the book 3 stars, Rebecca Whitney can certainly write and I would read another book by her, but it just felt forced at times.
Many thanks to the publishers, Mantle, for sending me a copy.