A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

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Penguin Putnam
**An International Bestseller**

“Like Big Little LiesA Beautiful Terrible Thing is a startling reminder that fairy tales aren’t real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I couldn’t turn away.”—Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted

What do you do when you discover that the person you've built your life around never existed? When “it could never happen to me” does happen to you?

These are the questions facing Jen Waite when she begins to realize that her loving husband—the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life—fits the textbook definition of psychopath. In a raw, first-person account, Waite recounts each heartbreaking discovery, every life-destroying lie, and reveals what happens once the dust finally settles on her demolished marriage.

After a disturbing email sparks Waite's suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the last five years that isn't part of the long-con of lies and manipulation. With a dual-timeline narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.

Baker & Taylor
The author chronicles how she came to realize that her seemingly loving husband—the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life—fits the textbook definition of a psychopath.

Baker
& Taylor

The author chronicles how she came to realize that her seemingly loving husband--the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life--fit the textbook definition of a psychopath.

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Publishing Group,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735216501
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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PimaLib_NormS Mar 21, 2018

Jen Waite has written a beautiful, terrible book entitled, “A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal”. This is a rollercoaster of a book, alternating between a beautiful, head-over-heels, I’ve-found-my-soulmate love story in chapters titled “Before”, and a terrible story of lies, deceit and betrayal in the “After” chapters. In the Befores, the author’s joy just leaps off the page, and it is natural to be happy for her, for them. Then, along comes an After, and one cannot stop wondering why a person would behave so badly toward someone to whom he has expressed his undying, everlasting love. It is important to note that this is only one side of the story. I wonder, what would the husband say in his book? I guess he would attempt to explain it all away, as he tried to do with his wife. However, it does seem clear that he was the one who cheated; therefore, I would be more inclined to believe the cheat-ee rather than the lying, sociopathic cheat-er. Surely, writing this book was a cathartic act for Jen Waite, but opening up one’s life for the world to see and scrutinize and judge, takes uncommon courage and an openness that not many of us have.

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MiriamS12345
Mar 01, 2018

I liken the experience of reading this book for my soul to the impact of eating a bag of salty greasy potato chips for my body. This was a story of a woman's personal pain when the man she was married to and was involved with for 5 years and who had the wholesale approval of her own family and friends suddenly manifests behavior of a psychopath and abandons the author who had been his soul mate. I picked up this book which was a hold requested a while ago and started reading it without realizing it was a memoir and not pure fiction. Thinking it was fiction I found the story contrived. Discovering it was a biography cast the work in a darker shadow. The book is written to ramp up the melodrama of the situation swinging from past to present from wonderful boyfriend to amoral husband. I don't think it provides any guidance or warning to others, as it is not possible to see the husband's evil coming. I cannot see what positive there is in the author sharing her experience except to create a lucrative source of income. It takes advantage of a horrible human tendency to gawk at the scene of an accident. I feel sorry for her daughter as well as the son of her ex-husband, a boy she claims to care for deeply. This airing of dirty laundry will only haunt their futures. If she had to write this book, she should have respected these kids and used a pseudonym.
If I could have, I would have recommended to myself not to read it.

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runningbeat
Jan 09, 2018

A memoir of incredible power. Its a harrowing and inspiring account of a woman who finds a strength forged by fire when everything she believed in turns out to be an illusion.
How do we really know the ones we love? Sometimes we don't. It's possible to fall in love with evil and can happen to anyone. Be warned, you won't fall asleep until you finish this book.

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Butterfly121761
Nov 21, 2017

I gave a one star rating based on 1/2 star for all the hype about this book and 1/2 star for the cover. I didn't finish it, I tried hard to continue just based on the hype but found it rather immature rather than inspiring. There is another reviewer who made a comment about all the "babe" in the style. I agree - UGH. So after I put it down my next read is already proving to be very exciting and I have a feeling that I'll be posting a positive review once I'm done my next read!

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Brontina66
Oct 08, 2017

I must confess, I am not sure how to rate this book. On one side it is certainly an empowering story of overcoming grief and gaining self-confidence. Jen, the author and the narrator, reveals everything about the horrible betrayal of her husband and about how she had to find the strength inside herself to go on and start a new life with her baby daughter. On the other hand, there were some things that bothered me and made the writer somehow lose credibility. For example, there are (too) many references to her daughter Louise, which made the book boring in parts. We read about nursing Lulu, changing Lulu, trying to calm down a perennially screaming Lulu....and that not counting the horror tale of giving birth to Lulu! This is a personal opinion, of course, but I found all these details distracting and, frankly, extremely boring. Then, some points are not clear to me. Jen tells us that she invests her own money in a restaurant that Marco and two friends of his want to open, but Marco is forever working for a boss. So, what happens to The Thirsty Owl? Do they open and own it or not? Finally - and this was what annoyed me most - why doesn't Jen go directly to a divorce lawyer and strips Marco of everything he owns? Towards the end, she talks about a picture of him and his lover on a yacht, so he must have made some money. In an interview that I read, she says that she has sole custody of Lulu, but I would be happier knowing that Marco has been left without a penny. In conclusion, I gave this book 3 out 5 stars. I like the story and that Jen wants to become a therapist, but I wish I had seen her more assertive and angry throughout the book.

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Book_worm_786
Oct 08, 2017

Quick read, not too much detail, not too descriptive. Writing is mediocre, too much use of the word babe, ugh....distracts from the story.

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 24, 2017

The author meets and marries a man whom she later, after having a baby, realizes is a sociopath, someone without empathy or conscience, but who is charming and complimentary. Interesting book, well-written, and reminded me of my first husband, who while not as horrible as this guy, was also charming and just the "nicest" person... until we got married. On our first night as a married couple he said to me 'now I can do anything', and he did. Luckily I, like the author, had parents I could rely on who helped me get out before he became worse and who helped me get back on my feet in terms of my emotional well-being as well as my career. This kind of thing can happen to nearly anyone because most of us go through life meeting people with open hearts, without cynicism, and we can all be duped by this type of personality disorder.

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Bunny222
Aug 21, 2017

Just finished the book. This book is an excellent look at the male psychopath and how he operates. It is also a candid look in to the personality of the woman who falls in love with him too quickly and then tries to ignore all the signs.

debwalker Jul 12, 2017

What happens when you figure out your husband is a psychopath?

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runningbeat
Jan 09, 2018

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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