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The Liar's Chair

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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.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Mantle (first published December 15th 2014)
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Kevin Ansbro
I bought The Liar's Chair at London Heathrow Airport as my last-minute holiday read - to add to the ones already weighing down my suitcase (Yep, I still favour real books. Besides, I enjoy chasing an escaped page as it flutters down the beach).

Professional courtesy precludes me from posting negative reviews* so, after struggling through two stinkers (where the authors wouldn't have known their syntax from a Tampax), I was heartened by the promising start to this book.

From the get-go, Rebecca Whi
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Rachel and David share an orderly but loveless marriage. Their lives are ritualistic and Rachel is expected to follow David’s rules, maintain appearances for business purposes, and perform wifely duties according to his definition of marital obligations. When Rachel confesses to her husband that she accidentally killed a man, David doesn’t hesitate to jump into action and clean up all traces of the evidence.

The reader watches
Liz Barnsley
An extremely clever, addictive and fun psychological thriller, I absolutely hated every single character in this book. HATED them. Loved to hate them and could not stop reading about them no matter how I tried though. Now, almost impossibly, I’m quite sad to leave them behind…

So we have Rachel then, telling the story. She’s needy, blames all her issues on other people and is generally not particularly likeable. You may forgive her somewhat when you find out about the man she is married to but we
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel & David seem to have the perfect marriage a business that's thriving a nice house, Rachel is being controlled by David , she detests this but one day she does something that she may regret for the rest of her life, she kills a homeless man.

Terrified at what she has done she tells David he tells her did she hide evidence she says yes & he tells her to act as normal as possible for their business, but things start to spiral out of control what she hides from David can ruin their unstable ma
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
March 22nd 2016: DNF at 42%

I know I NEVER DNF a book, but I've made a promise to myself this year to stop reading those stories that are starting to feel like voluntary torture. It hasn't been easy to take the final decision to DNF The Liar's Chair, but I really couldn't bring myself to waste any more time trying to finish this read. Do I feel guilty? Yes. But that doesn't take away I feel releaved that I'm finally able to put a book down unfinished.

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Cleopatra  Pullen
This is the second book I’ve read this year which opens with a car accident resulting in death, the first being Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. Rachel Teller, our narrator, is a woman who was returning to her husband and their ‘perfect’ life straight from the bed of another man when she rounds a bend and hits a man. Fear of the consequences particularly as she had consumed a fair amount of alcohol she decides to continue on her journey home. As Rachel is to find, removing herself from the scene i ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
THE LIAR'S CHAIR is a good debut novel but it just didn't live up to my expectations. After a promising beginning, the story sort of dragged. This was not the thriller I thought it was going to be but rather a voyeuristic look into a caustic relationship. I have no problem with unlikable characters as all of these are. I do, however, have a problem with characters who behave appallingly without a sufficient exploration of their motivation. Rachel's path of self destruction is supposedly explaine ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have to admit did like this thriller even though it was more physiological than physical as both main characters weren't really likeable but at the start were a team until that accident and the husband (david) used mental abuse and control as his way and gradually got worse and the wife (rachel) just became more self destructive with alcohol abuse and dogging/sexual adventures.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Liar's chair is the clever, disturbing, debut novel by Rebecca Whitney, which looks at the psychological turbulence of being trapped in a venomous marriage.

Rachel is already struggling to maintain a veneer of respectablity, trapped in a relationship which brings her no solace, she is returning from a night of drunken indiscretion when her car hits a vagrant killing him. As the accident occurs on a lonely stretch of road she panics and drags the body into the trees and leaves the scene.

Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow, this one is dark. It makes Gillian Flynn's books look positive and upbeat. Rachel and David have been together for twenty years. They have built a very successful business together and from the outside their lives look perfect. But Rachel is badly damaged from her childhood and David is extremely controlling and abusive. When the book opens, Rachel accidentally kills a man in a hit and run and this will set off a chain of events which will unravel her.

This is a well written book and in the
Craig Allen
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I went to great lengths to buy this book, well sorta, as it's not available in the US yet on Kindle, so I bought a physical copy from the UK as I really wanted to read it. A good thriller about Rachel, a very damaged woman runs down a homeless man in a drunk driving accident on the way home from a night with her lover. Rachel has been having an affair for years after her rocky marriage with her controlling husband eventually fizzled out. I thought the book would be about the cover-up of the acci ...more
Gordon Mcghie
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liars Chair was an engrossing read. Frequently you are appalled by the behaviour of the characters as we do not get to read about nice people - I don't believe there is a single likeable person in the book.

Yet you are compelled to keep reading. As you HAVE to find out if Rachel and David will reach an impass or if they will escalate tensions to a critical (possibly lethal) climax.

Highly recommended as a tense psychological read. Be warned, at no stage is there an expectation of a happy ending.
Fowles Family
Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
So, I finished 2014 on a high. Sadly, book one of 2015 was not similarly successful. The Liar's Chair was on a list of recommended crime debuts but honestly, I did not enjoy this one bit.

The main character is a feckless alcoholic, drugged-up, cheating woman who happens to be married to a man of monumentally domestically absuvie proportions. The thing is, you just don't care. Rachel is not an appealing character - from the very first page when she cheerfully acknowledges that she's driving drunk
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rachel and David Teller; partners. Partners in a successful business and partners in marriage. How they appear to colleagues and associates is very important, it is important not to let anyone scratch beneath the surface, for if they do, the poison will seep out.

It is the morning after the night before. Rachel is driving her shiny, fast sports car down the narrow twisting roads near to their perfect home. She's probably still drunk, she reeks of sex with another man, she's intent on getting her
Celina Grace
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Quite a frustrating read. The main problem, as so many reviewers have pointed out, is that there's not a single decent, likeable character in the entire book and it's quite hard to care about the fate of the main protagonist when they're portrayed as a needy, selfish, irritatingly weak character. The 1970s flashbacks worked well, right up until the end which is when I thought an even darker twist would be coming and then didn't (seriously, I actually thought I'd missed a chapter). An odd, distur ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
This just didn't do it for me at all. Looking back the plot was good, but the execution of it was painfully slow. I was tempted numerous times to abandon it, but I'm glad I stuck it out as it did come together nicely. Can't really recommend though.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Psychological thriller set in Brighton, UK (the story of a “skilled and multi-faceted wife”)

A stark portrayal of a relationship founded on abuse and control. David and Rachel have all the trappings of a happy and wealthy lifestyle – only to those, however, on the outside looking in. The pivotal event happens right early on in the book, when Rachel, still under the influence of alcohol (and several hours after her last drink) runs over a vagrant in the road. And it is from this event that the sto
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Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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When I read the summary, I assumed that the book would focus on the relationship between Rachel and David after the accident, but it’s not that simple. There are many twists and turns, which are hard to predict. I was hooked, even from the first five pages!
This book mostly focuses on the characters and their darkness. They’re all cold but absolutely realistic and fascinating people. We see Rachel do everything on her own, showing that she’s strong, even tho
Karen Cole
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Liar's Chair isn't a novel that eases you gently into the story, on the first page we learn that married Rachel is having an affair and is now driving back home, still drunk from the night before. Within a few pages she will run over and kill a homeless man then conceal his body in nearby woods.
Not a character to warm to then, yet Rachel whilst never a likeable character is at least somebody to pity, unlike her manipulative and abusive husband, David. The Liar's Chair is certainly an unusual
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Having recently read Keep Quiet which is also about a hit and run it was inevitable that comparisons would be made with this book. However, the hit and run in this book isn't the over-riding plotline in this book - it's sort of a catalyst to the undoing of the protagonist - Rachel.

In Keep Quiet, a relationship had been established with the reader so we knew whether we wanted to sympathise and understand their motives for leaving the scene but we didn't get this here, literally a couple of pages
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Oh boy. You know those books where you hate pretty much all of the characters? The Liar's Chair is one of those. I absolutely detested the two main characters, Rachel and David who have the most toxic marriage ever. They're both selfish, cruel (to each other and everyone else) and just generally people that I would never want to find myself around for even a moment. I even hated David's dogs who, though they're just background to the story, are just as bad as their master.

Despite my hatred of e
Ann Rawson
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Tracey Walsh
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's rare to read a book where none of the characters is likeable but this is definitely one.
"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."
I like dark psychological thrillers
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Liar's Chair is extremely well written easy to read and follow. A stunning psychological thriller that hooks you into the main characters Rachel Teller and her husband David who appear to be happy in their marriage and at the office where they work together. Inside closed doors is very different life for Rachel as she is living with a violent, abusive and controlling husband. Rachel has killed someone in a hit in run accident, her husband is willing to destroy all evidence of the accident on ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book raw, brutal at times, but very moving. The main character Rachel is surviving in her dysfunctional world. Others have expressed that they do not like her character but I have to disagree. I love the way the story unfolds to reveal how Rachel became Rachel. Her parents were selfish and self involved to the extreme so that Rachel never knew how to receive love and affection or how to go about making a good decision in life. She was like a small dingy tossed by huge waves beyond h ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Liar's Chair was an interesting concept, one which I expected to be executed in an entirely different way than it was. From the first chapter where it was disjointed and assumed some sort of implicit knowledge from the reader, I felt that we were on the back foot straight away with what was going on.

There was a few relationships that weren't adequately described in order to support the progression of the story, and there were plenty of strange uncomfortable story arcs that didn't really mak
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wow... this was so dull

This is such a below average domestic thriller full of so many cliches.

After the initial hit and run described in the synopsis nothing else really happens.

I felt like it was a bit all over the place. It went back and forth in time sometimes but in all honesty, if I had to describe this book in one word it would be a mess. It just felt very clumsy to me.

The writing was pretty mediocre and the characters were quite annoying. Some of the decisions they made were so dumb.

Lady Delacour
Unusually strange, dark characters.
Listened to this book because
of the narrator Emma Fielding.
She did a very nice job.
I like it when you loose the narrator
and are just hearing the story.
Alice Little
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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