Saturday, June 10, 2017

Title:  A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

Author:  Jen Waite

Publisher: Plume Books

Available:  July 11, 2017

Source:  Netgalley and Plume

Genre:  Memoir


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.


This book will tug at all the strings if you have any emotion and if you don't perhaps you'll fall in love with Marco.  The book was well written and had a very good suspense hook especially for a memoir, however there could have been a bit less when 'researching'.  I did feel like it made 'googling' seem like the thing to do instead of reaching out to medical professionals for proper diagnosis.  Most adults know that the 'rabbit hole' of google will lead to bad things but there are new generations emerging that think that google is the end all and will  take things into their own hands. (stepping off my soap box now)But this book is worth the read if you are the kind of reader that likes to peek behind the curtains into other peoples houses.  I feel for Jen and wish her all the best in her future and think she should consider writing fiction because she can hook a reader in quickly and keep them on the line til the very last page.

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