THE LIAR'S CHAIR
Audiobook published by Pan MacMillan
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....
The Liar's Chair is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to .... which is all due to the amazing and breathless reading of Emma Fielding.
She manages to convey so much passion and anticipation in her words.
Although the storyline isn't particularly gripping, I was hanging on to every word.
The husband of Rachel is a nasty person, he's manipulative, a control freak and a bully and Rachel comes across as so compliant and under his control. I was shouting to her telling her to stand up for herself but she thinks it's love, not fear.
As their marriage disintegrates, Rachel does such strange things, I couldn't understand why she did what she did, maybe her childhood and her awful mother were to blame, as we find out in flashbacks.
It is quite a dark story in parts, especially the time when Rachel's husband punishes her in a nasty way for staying out all night.
If I had read this instead of listening to it I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much.
I can't praise Emma Fielding's narration highly enough.
I received a paperpack copy of this book from the publishers though I downloaded this audiobook from my local library.