A Beautiful, Terrible Thing - Jen Waite

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

By Jen Waite

  • Release Date: 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 700 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.


  • Bitter

    By reviewsByBritt
    Tough read. Seems like a bitter ex gf just writing about ex boyfriend in retaliation. Didn’t really have a plot. Disappointed.
  • 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