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
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
Tough read. Seems like a bitter ex gf just writing about ex boyfriend in retaliation. Didn’t really have a plot. Disappointed.
Wow - what a story
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.