Review: The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney

Posted January 14, 2015

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney The Liar's Chair by Rebecca Whitney
Published by Mantle on 15th January 2015
Genres: Thriller
Source: Publisher

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 the 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...



The Liar’s Chair is the debut novel by Rebecca Whitney, and what a debut it is!  Set in and around the streets of Whitney’s hometown Brighton, this is a novel that kept me hooked from the outset.

Protagonist Rachel is driving home from spending the night with her secret lover. She’s enjoying the drive, the way her top of the range Mercedes handles the country roads, but she’s also still filled with alcohol from the night before. She turns a bend and hits a man, kills him. From that moment her life as she knows it spirals out of control.

Having hidden the body, Rachel has no choice but to turn to her husband, David, who helps her to conceal the crime. He makes sure the car disappears, burns her clothes, and as far as he is concerned life is to go on as normal, but that’s just not possible for Rachel.

When I got an email about this book it was the following sentence that made me REALLY want to read it… “It also features the most brilliantly sinister dinner party scene I have ever read.” I have to say that I completely agree. As Rachel struggles with what she has done she is required by David to keep up their happy couple facade…it’s fair to say that during this dinner party the facade slips somewhat.

I love the way this novel progresses. With each page we see David’s character grow more and more dark. We see the evil man that he really is, how he manipulates and controls his wife. There’s a scene with their two dogs… it’s then you realise what kind of creature David really is.

This is a truly fascinating psychological thriller. As Rachel’s life spirals more and more out of her control, long-suppressed shameful memories from her youth resurface. These suppressed memories, together with her toxic marriage make for a compelling read. I couldn’t put it down!

The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney – Publish date 15th January 2015, Hardback, £12.99

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending a copy of The Liar’s Chair for consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of the book, and all opinions expressed are entirely mine and (as always) completely honest.