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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Scattered story. Disappointing ending.

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.

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Can't relate to the protagonist

Too many poor choices for one human being. Hard to stay interested in the story.

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  • Kathy
  • 10-13-15

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.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 10-05-15

Better than Girl on a Train!

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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.

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  • Ann D
  • 09-24-15

Bleak and depressing.

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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.

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  • jenny wren
  • 01-09-16

Brilliant suspense; credible characters

Where does The Liar's Chair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Liar's Chair?

To say would be giving away the plot!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I shall not say, or spoil it for listeners!

Any additional comments?

Just loved it. More please.

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  • mrs lisa f mowle
  • 12-04-15

loved this

What did you like most about The Liar's Chair?

the story kept me interested throughout the narrator was fabulous

What did you like best about this story?

fast paced and very descriptive writing

What does Emma Fielding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

you forget you are being read a story you are so wrapped in her tone, her expressiveness

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  • lisa
  • 12-01-15

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Where does The Liar's Chair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which character – as performed by Emma Fielding – was your favourite?

Rachel as she had the biggest storyline

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One accidental mistake and a life time unravels

Any additional comments?

A great book, full of believable characters and an intriguing storyline.

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  • Paula
  • 11-02-15

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

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  • The Messypig
  • 09-25-15

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.

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  • MR
  • 09-24-15

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.

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  • Fionahun
  • 01-08-17

Disappointing and predictable

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.