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A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

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**An International Bestseller**

“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.

It all started with an email...

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 e-mail 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.

Customer Reviews

Riveting, heartbreaking, real

Jen eloquently tells the story of her marriage, shifting from before and after the big shift. She feels like your best friend, she feels like you and leaves you dying to know how she's doing if you happen to put the book down. She ties earlier pieces together later on, creating a web of clues for you and her to discover later on.

Heartbreaking to hear her and her daughters struggle but masterfully written.

So powerful

This is a powerful book with so many feelings that it takes my breath away. Thank you, Jen, for having the courage to share it.


What a fantastic book! I am so thankful that the author took the time to write down what is of course a terribly painful experience so that others might learn from her or be comforted by her success in her perseverance through the pain.

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jul 11, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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