The Liar's Chair

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…

“The voices of the men outside recede, after which there’s another kind of quiet into which my thoughts drop, back into the hole of my past. I pick at the muck in there but it doesn’t go away. With the layers peeled back, I’m surprised at the density of the anger, but there’s no specific focus, nothing concrete to kick at, only a need to go back as far as I can to the beginning and extract the rotten tooth. Cauterize the infection. The persistent taps of memory, brushed off by years of distractions – men, work, marriage, booze – have latched on. The truth is crouched and ready… “


The Liar's Chair