A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Jen Waite

About the Book

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.

About the Author 

Jen Waite lives in Maine with her young daughter. She is applying to graduate school to become a licensed therapist, specializing in recovery from psychopathic relationships.

My Review

This is an absolute striking memoir. I love biographical novels, but this one had the potential to be just a bit drab and depressing. With fifty percent of marriages ending in divorce, what's interesting about another divorce memoir. Jen Waite takes it to a new level though with her dual perspectives. In alternating chapters, we see the beginning of the loves story and the end. It's truly a beautiful and then a terrible thing. Her writing brings you straight into the heart of the matter, no pun intended. Truly a lovely, yet heartbreaking memoir.

Disclaimer: A free copy was provided for review. 

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