Read A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
July 24, 2017
GR friend Julie described reading A Beautiful, Terrible Thing as "gawking at a train wreck". My feelings exactly. And let me add a few other feelings:
-While clearly personally devastating, Ms. Waite's experience of betrayal -- of having been duped by her ex husband -- is sadly not that unusual. I...
June 07, 2017
4 stars - publishes 7/11/17
Thanks to First to Read and Plume Books for an Advanced digital copy of this book for an honest review.
This is a memoir of pain and suffering. It stems from a hurtful event that must go through the cycle of pain and anger, doubt and self loathing. It is the feeling of...
May 29, 2017
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When you let yourself think that you are only worth what others see in you, then you will end up as the author of this autobiography has. She placed herself and immersed herself so much in Marco, a...
June 05, 2017
This book was not what I expected - and not in a good way. Based on the blurb, we're led to believe A Beautiful, Terrible Thing will be something shocking, out of the ordinary, unbelievable. But what we get is...none of those things. Yes, Waite's husband is a liar, a cheater, a seemingly remorsel...
May 28, 2017
I received an ARC of this book through Penguin First to Read. Thank ya!
Oh my God, my friends. This book...this book is WILD.
I have this really terrible habit of requesting ARCs without really looking into them. And this book was no exception. All I knew...
July 19, 2017
This memoir felt half-baked to me. Waite's conclusion that her ex-husband is a psychopath is based on her internet searches, which are recounted here in not-so-fascinating detail. Without something more definitive than that, though, it was hard for me to know what to think. I mean, he was a terri...
May 12, 2017
Jen Waite's marital memoir reads more like a psychological thriller. The chapters alternate between "before" and "after" she discovers an incriminating email that leads her to a path of discovery. "Before" chapters tell of the fairy tale romance, with some red flags about her husband that are obv...
March 23, 2017
Spoiler alert! The author wins.
Anybody that can write such a raw, honest, and relatively objective narrative of their own marriage deserves a standing ovation. The story itself is not unique if you know about Chump Lady. What is unique is that the author lets the reader in on the journey, the eve...
July 29, 2017
Wow. I don't know what I missed, but this read like the self-indulgent recounting of the end of a relationship, but definitely not something so shocking it merited a memoir. I felt like I was listening to a self-centered friend tell a story of woe as though she was the only person in the world to...
June 29, 2017
Jen Waite had been in New York City pursuing her dream of becoming an actress for two years when she started working at a restaurant for extra cash. It was here that she met Marco Medina, a handsome Argentinian bar manager, and they fell head-over-heels in love. All the clichés: a green card, a s...