A Beautiful, Terrible Thing - Jen Waite

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

By Jen Waite

  • Release Date: 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 242 Ratings



“Be forewarned: You won’t sleep until you finish the last page. —Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World

One night. One email. Two realities.

It all started with an email...

Before: Jen Waite has met the partner of her dreams. A handsome, loving man who becomes part of her family, evolving into her husband, her best friend, and the father of her infant daughter.

After: A disturbing email sparks suspicion, leading to an investigation of who this man really is and what was really happening in their marriage.

In alternating Before and After chapters, Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment form the past five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. With the pacing and twists of a psychological thriller, A Beautiful, Terrible Thing looks at how a fairy tale can become a nightmare and what happens when “it could never happen to me” actually does.


  • Sorry

    By I didn't I'm sorry
    I am sorry for what I did
  • Experience

    By expert adrienne
    I lived the horror in this book but i could nevet have written it so well. I couldnt put the book down. I cried and cried. I always wondered if i really loved my baby but now i inderstand it comes slowly and finally fills you up. The love of my childten got me through and out of a fifteen yr marriage filled with infidelity. I am so glad Jen had the courage to write this book. Adriemne
  • Griping Story-everyone can relate

    By jd4real
    I have to say this is an excellent read. At first I was not convinced there was as much substance as I would have liked. The journey begins to make sense, the “before” and “afters” cling together to bring you full circle. We all know someone like Marco. The riddled behavior of a sociopath is often impossible to unravel or make sense of. This book does an excellent job of doing just that ....we can see within the illusions and begin to make some sense of how to avoid or escape from these traumatic relationships. An excellent read! Very happy to hear Jen is moving forward with her career.
  • Just ok

    By Lauer power
    I have to say for memoir it was written well. However, as somebody else said the ending was just blah. I just felt that there was more to tell.
  • Just OK

    By putalittleouzoinyourtank
    Thought this would offer more based on the description, really just a straightforward memoir about a woman's terrible experience with her ex. The story was kind of interesting and I kept reading to see how it ended, but it's like something you would watch on Dr. Phil.
  • Such a great book!

    By Eby312
    Well written, honest, heart wrenching story about love and life and how sometimes the fairy tale turns into a nightmare. But there is a rainbow and some sunshine at the end of it all. I read this book in literally two nights (I have a newborn so sleeping is nonexistent anyway) but I literally could not put it down and was sad when I finished it because I wanted to keep reading! You will not be disappointed with this book. A relatable story told for any woman! But the book!
  • Amazing book!

    By DaianaBenitez
    I believe every women should read it, even though you haven't experience a rocky relationship. Currently searching for the Spanish version
  • Couldn't put it down

    By Michellenyc
    Admittedly I was attracted to this book because the author lived in my neighborhood and I am a mom of a three year old. I was quickly drawn into Jenn's story, found myself livid with disrespect for this man I've never met and the level of hurt he's instilled in this new mom. I pictured myself as a new mom, all the emotions, it is not an easy time, I couldn't imagine finding myself in this situation. As a woman and mom, my heart goes out to Jenn but I also know she will be okay.
  • Old relationships

    By Batfacegirl
    I downloaded this book yesterday, I love to read non-fiction books mostly, and I could not put it down. I finished reading it the next morning. Surprisingly, my own past experiences and hurtful relationships were mirrored. The men I chose were sociopaths. Like a missing piece to a puzzle, Clarity comes to me. My husband of 20 years has taught me what truly loving, healthy relationship is. My story has a happy ending also. Thank you for writing this book, it may help countless women to understand the dynamics of being in a relationship with a sociopath and pathological liar. It opened my eyes.
  • Powerful!

    By Afh69
    What a fantastic book! I am so thankful that the author took the time to write down what is of course a terribly painful experience so that others might learn from her or be comforted by her success in her perseverance through the pain.