The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney

51NUQNzdszL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_“Who can she trust
If she can’t trust herself?

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 . . .

I feel quite sad that I read this psychological thriller so soon after reading Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris.  I think my opinion of this book has been ever so slightly changed because of it.  Behind Closed Doors was still so fresh in my mind that I drew comparisons. Had I read this book first I think it would have blown my socks off!

Rachel and David Teller have a happy marriage and successful business.  However, their marriage is not one of love but one of convenience.  It suits David to be married to Rachel so that’s how it is.  End of.

On her return from her lovers house Rachel is involved in an accident which leaves a man dead.  Instead of reporting the incident, she hides the body and returns home to David. From that moment on her life starts to unravel, helped along the way by her loving husband.  Shame and guilt drive Rachel to destruction.

I felt very sorry for Rachel who seemed blighted from the start.  David I despised.  He made my skin crawl and it was easy for me to see why Rachel was threatened and intimidated by him; he was very well written.  The other character in the book who made me feel icky was Alex. Yuck!

An edge of your seat domestic thriller which I heartily recommend (just don’t read it immediately after Behind Closed Doors!).

Four out of five stars.

 

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