Review: A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite
Jen Waite (Narrator)
Audiobook: Duration: 06:41:33
Published July 11th, 2017 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
My rating: ⭐⭐

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.

My thoughts…

This book was not what I expected, and it kept my attention, but not in a good way. From the synopsis I was waiting for something shocking and unbelievable to happen, especially since Jen’s husband “fits the textbook definition of psychopath”.

Jen tells her story in alternating chapters of before and after, before her marriage and after discovering her husbands’ betrayal. It was heartbreaking to hear about the end of her relationship and while I sympathize with Jen, many women go through this kind of betrayal that leads to divorce. But, to describe her former spouse and the father of her child as a narcissist and sociopath, diagnosing him from the internet, did not sit well with me. I’m just wondering how this memoir will affect her daughters’ relationship with her father in the future.  

I wish Jen and her daughter the best and hopefully she can open herself up to trust again. -J 

1 comment:

  1. Oh I get why this didn’t work for you. Talking bad things about your ex in front of the children is not wise. I hate it too. It happens all the time in real life unfortunately.
    Thanks for sharing. I hope your next book is way better. ❤️