A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

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" Like Big Little Lies, A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a poignan reminder that fairy tales are n't real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I could n't turn away. "
-- Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling uthor of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Things You Ever Wanted

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 grandso of her nfant daughter, her best riend, the dreams 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 fianc is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead, she finds more lies, guilt, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the ast five years that is n'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.
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Published July 11th 2017 by Plume Books
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It stems from a hurtful event that must go through the cycle of pain and grief, doubt and self loathing.

Jen Waite has spent most of her marriage trying to ignore the signs of an unfaithful husband.

This story chronicles Jen 's discovery, her self doubt, the excruciating admission to herself, and her recovery from a bad marriage to a psychological liar and sociopath.

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Without something more definitive than that, though, it was ard for me to know what to think.

I think A Beautiful, Terrible Thing would have benefited from a few more years of introspection on Waite 's part.

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E-galley provided by Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Author, Jen Waite for my honest opinion.

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Letting one become so enraptured that you do not even see human weakness set Ms Waite up for what Marco did and what he was.Marco was a sociopath and he preyed on women as he searched for their mistake and strength.

He became in their minds the do all and end all of everything and the me, so any of them, fell so easily into the lair he set.

She kept on making excuses in her mind for why Marco did things that to others were blatantly evident of infidelities, of lies, of usage.One does feel for the writer.

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And while I get that this familiarit was traumatic and painful for Waite, I 'm not sure it warrants publishing a memoir.Much of the nove reads like diary entries of Waite chronicling the rise and fall of her elationship- and as you 'd expect from a " dear diary " entry, it 's flowery and not particularly well-written and ultimately a bit adolescent ( the incessant use of " babe " and " baby " as a term of endearment (?) and the actual printing of the word " bro-code " in a serious usage as two glaring examples).

est we think the entire remise of this novel was based on Waite amateurly-diagnosing her husband with an actual personality disorder thanks to the internet, she magically finds validation in a real, live therapist.

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Wow. I do n't know what I missed, but this read like the self-indulgent recounting of the nd of a elationship, but definitely not something so shocking it merited a memoir.

Their problems were worsened I think because both she and her husband seemed incredibly immature, and her children, though loving and supportive, were also a little overly-involved in the marriage of their adult daughter.

All in all, the couple at the enter of the boo felt like children playing at being adults, and that was only exacerbated by her parents infantilizing her every step of the way.

But there 's othing like an actual child to take care of, to make things start feeling real, and that 's when her daughte, the Peter Pan of their marriage decided he would book.

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I was pulled in by the dramatic words and I had the impression that something extraordinary must have occurred between this woman, Jen Waite, and her husband Marco.

Several weeks after the birth of the couple 's first child, a childless, Jen Waite stumbled upon an email between her daughte and a woman..

Perhaps it did n't occur to her that this scenario of a marriage ending badly plays out every day and many people do not have the luxury of retreating to their childhood bedrooms in their grandparent' homes when life 's calamities occur.

Few people do not have the luxury of grief or self-pity as their lives and their children 's lives depend on their continuing to go through the otions of life, even if they do n't feel like doing so.

It was n't even Jen Waite 's self-indulgent attitude which bothered me most about this nove and caused me to actually talk back to her arration.

after researching online ( that is, she read several articles!) that the xplanation for her troubled marriage is that her husband Marco is a sociopath.

She then continues to refer to him as a sociopath throughout the ook.

I realize that sociopath is a term which is currently very popular in our cultural and many books have been written describing fool=proof ways you, too, can diagnose everyone in your life as having anti-social personality disorder.

And the hing I found most stonishing is that Ms. Waite mentioned her sociopathy theory to her therapist and the therapist readily agreed with her that marco was a sociopath.

I AM sorry Jen Waite chose a man for her life partner who turned out to be a liar and a cheat ...

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Clearly, other readers have felt far more empathy for Ms. Waite or otherwise got more shock value out of her story.Thanks to Netgalley and the ublisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

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