The Liar's Chair is Rebecca Whitney's 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 listeners on the edges of their seats until the final second has ticked away. 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.
©2015 Rebecca Whitney (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
The narration was surprisingly good. However, the story was unimpressive. The climax seems to be in the beginning and the rest goes on and on about small, insignificant details. What a horrible ending, also. There seems to be no resolution. Maybe it's on purpose, to try and create this into a series.
"Unpleasant characters without exception"
The nicest character in the story is a drug dealer. The story was relatively engaging and I did finish it. But if someone had finished off the "heroine" I wouldn't have been sorry to see her go.
"Better than Girl on a Train!"
Wow! How did this woman get herself in such a situation? Often I felt that she should have "looked before she leapt" but the character was drawn to be a confused, needy person. The narrator was perfect. The tension was huge on a couple of occasions. I can thoroughly recommend this and look forward to the next book by Rebecca Whitney.
"Bleak and depressing."
I am good with dark stories and, unlike some readers, I don't need to like characters to enjoy a book. However, not only isn't anyone likeable in The Liar's Chair, but its relentlessly bleak. I got to chapter 7 and realised that although it was well written, and the narration was excellent, it was just hard word. Based upon reviews available on various sites, I knew that the remainder of the book would be the same. Life is too short for me to continue further.
"Brilliant suspense; credible characters"
Probably at the top, because it is beautifully crafted. A lot of suspense novels just tell a story, and the style and use of language is rather forgotten. This book is just so well written it was a delight. It flows, there's good use of appropriate metaphor, pacing and weight throughout the gripping plot. Quite a masterpiece. And I have to say that the reader was perfect.
To say would be giving away the plot!
I shall not say, or spoil it for listeners!
Just loved it. More please.
the story kept me interested throughout the narrator was fabulous
fast paced and very descriptive writing
you forget you are being read a story you are so wrapped in her tone, her expressiveness
Very highly, there was enough definition in the narrators voice to decipher between the various characters, the story was interesting and unpredictable and it was easy to build a picture in my mind of what was happening in the story.
Rachel was the main character in the book. At the start of the story she was mildly pathetic and annoying, but as I learned more of her back story I became more sympathetic towards her and could see why she had ended up in the place she was in.
Rachel as she had the biggest storyline
One accidental mistake and a life time unravels
A great book, full of believable characters and an intriguing storyline.
"A dark fascinating read"
The story builds and builds to keep you interested from beginning to end! Not sure I liked any of the characters though
"What dreadful people"
The synopsis sounded good and for the first half of the book I was quite intrigued. However the book drifted in the strangest direction and never recovered.
The story went nowhere, the characters were all - without exception - dreadful people who only though about themselves and made some really strange decisions.
Never actually finished the book as I got bored - although I did make it to the last two chapters and then gave up.
"Enjoyable but not gripping"
I found myself "having" to read it rather than my usual "must" read it.
LOVED the narration but just wasn't edge of your seat enough for me. No moments of "no!". Limped along. Would describe as a drama story.
"Disappointing and predictable"
If you have not read any recent publications in this genre, you might enjoy this novel. However, I found the plot predictable and the characterisation of the husband obvious and lacking nuance. I found the narrator's motivation to be unconvincing and the ending a cop-out. Sorry, Ms Whitney.
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