A Beautiful, Terrible Thing - Jen Waite

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

By Jen Waite

  • Release Date: 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 680 Ratings


A woman discovers her marriage is built on an illusion in this harrowing and ultimately inspiring memoir.

“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...

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.


  • Couldn't put it down

    By bella180ca
    This book grips you from the very beginning & holds you all the way to the end. I finished it in 2 days because I could not put it down. Can't wait to read her next book
  • A beautiful terrible thing

    By Tootie2209
    Too much back and forth.
  • Wow - what a story

    By MRH1005
    I bought this book on spur of the moment. I had three other books I was reading at the time, but from the first chapter I couldn’t put this book down. I finished it in two days, staying up late and getting up early to read it. Jen’s story is heart wrenching and provides an illuminating view of the dysfunction some can bring to a relationship. It also explores the impacts of that behavior on the partner (and all others within the path of the tornado). Ultimately it is a story of love,despair, resiliency and true inner-strength. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.
  • A Good Beginning

    By jzb19792017
    The book had a great beginning. It was exciting to see what Marco was capable of doing next. However, the second half was lackluster and repetitive. Also, Marco is not psychopathic; he is a man. I am a man and quite frankly the only difference between my choices and his is how well I've been trained. Men are like dogs. Latin American men are trained to have many girlfriends - and a wife. Its very normal in the culture here (I live here with my Latin American wife and all her brothers are just like Marco).
  • A beautiful, terrible thing...is a great thing!

    By Cakehead666
    Initially I didn’t know what to expect from this book, as I am not a huge reader, but I was pleasantly surprised by the emotional response I had to Jen’s story. This book captures lust and heartache in a way that allows it’s readers to relate in one way or another. As the book progresses, readers are able to have the opportunity to feel inspired to keep pushing forward when they are put in the most unlikely of situations. It is a must read for those who are feeling like they are alone or stuck in place. Excellent story, and an even more excellent author!
  • Beautiful Terrible Thing

    By grizlucy
    Eye opening! Everyone should read this book! If you’ve ever dated or been married to “one of these guys” you’ll be thankful to be able to put a name to the behavior. I read it cover to cover in one day. Thank you to the author!
  • A Beautiful Terrible Thing

    By speedilyme
    Nothing unusual about this story. A typical relationship ruined by a cheating husband and obsessed wife. Wish I hadn’t purchased.
  • Psychopath and Sociopaths

    By Eliza Wetuski
    Great book! However, speaking as Masters Graduate in Psychology. Psychopaths and Sociopaths are two separate disorders that cannot be used interchangeably. A Psychopath is born, whereas a Sociopath is made. I am not sure which is Marco. More about his upbringing and childhood life would need to be explored in order to determine which disorder he suffers from.
  • Thank you

    By Pippygirl1011
    Great read!!! Thank you
  • This book will not disappoint

    By audaciousreads
    I usually am not one to read a biography but decided to give it a try when I found this book listed in a magazines what to read section. The synopsis pulled me in and the book did not disappoint. When I started reading the book I could not put it down. I felt kind of like Jen trying to put a puzzle together. Figuring out that Marco was not the person he "pretended" to be was very disappointing. Jen thought she was in love only to find out she had given her life to a Sociopath. It shows Jen's struggle with panic attacks and coming to terms with the fact that her husband of 5 years is not the person she thought he was. I was so thankful Jen had her parents there to help her and Louisa. I felt terrible for Louisa because I’m I did not feel she was getting the love that a baby should no matter what you are going through in your life as a parent. I have a 17month old and could not imagine being a "robot" in front of her, doing things out of routine. However I have not been in Jen's situation in also dealing with a Sociopath at the same time so it is really not fair of me to judge. I felt this Memoir did a very god job at explaining the disorder so that anyone could understand. This could be very helpful for anyone who is or is not going through the same situation. Even if you know someone that you suspect is going through this it would be a great Memoir to suggest that they read after you tell them your concerns. Like Jen the person going through this is not going to believe that the person they love is a sociopath. It will take them a lot of time and therapy to work through it and realize the person they love is not who they really think they are but at least having them read this memoir could be a great start to helping them realize that they need help. You never know when the person that's a friend or family member on the "outside" of the relationship may see warning signs that the other person does not. It was sad but so true when Jen tried to analyze "Croella" and why she would be with a married man who had a baby and she realized "she could of been anyone". I think Jen needed to come to this realization so that she did not obsess over Viktorija so much.