A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

Book - 2017
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Jen Waite was faced with so many questions when she began to realize that her loving husband fits the textbook definition of a 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. With a dual-timeline narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.
Publisher: New York :, Plume,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735216464
Branch Call Number: 921 WAI
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 21, 2017

I gave a one star rating based on 1/2 star for all the hype about this book and 1/2 star for the cover. I didn't finish it, I tried hard to continue just based on the hype but found it rather immature rather than inspiring. There is another reviewer who made a comment about all the "babe" in the style. I agree - UGH. So after I put it down my next read is already proving to be very exciting and I have a feeling that I'll be posting a positive review once I'm done my next read!

Oct 08, 2017

I must confess, I am not sure how to rate this book. On one side it is certainly an empowering story of overcoming grief and gaining self-confidence. Jen, the author and the narrator, reveals everything about the horrible betrayal of her husband and about how she had to find the strength inside herself to go on and start a new life with her baby daughter. On the other hand, there were some things that bothered me and made the writer somehow lose credibility. For example, there are (too) many references to her daughter Louise, which made the book boring in parts. We read about nursing Lulu, changing Lulu, trying to calm down a perennially screaming Lulu....and that not counting the horror tale of giving birth to Lulu! This is a personal opinion, of course, but I found all these details distracting and, frankly, extremely boring. Then, some points are not clear to me. Jen tells us that she invests her own money in a restaurant that Marco and two friends of his want to open, but Marco is forever working for a boss. So, what happens to The Thirsty Owl? Do they open and own it or not? Finally - and this was what annoyed me most - why doesn't Jen go directly to a divorce lawyer and strips Marco of everything he owns? Towards the end, she talks about a picture of him and his lover on a yacht, so he must have made some money. In an interview that I read, she says that she has sole custody of Lulu, but I would be happier knowing that Marco has been left without a penny. In conclusion, I gave this book 3 out 5 stars. I like the story and that Jen wants to become a therapist, but I wish I had seen her more assertive and angry throughout the book.

Oct 08, 2017

Quick read, not too much detail, not too descriptive. Writing is mediocre, too much use of the word babe, ugh....distracts from the story.

Sep 24, 2017

The author meets and marries a man whom she later, after having a baby, realizes is a sociopath, someone without empathy or conscience, but who is charming and complimentary. Interesting book, well-written, and reminded me of my first husband, who while not as horrible as this guy, was also charming and just the "nicest" person... until we got married. On our first night as a married couple he said to me 'now I can do anything', and he did. Luckily I, like the author, had parents I could rely on who helped me get out before he became worse and who helped me get back on my feet in terms of my emotional well-being as well as my career. This kind of thing can happen to nearly anyone because most of us go through life meeting people with open hearts, without cynicism, and we can all be duped by this type of personality disorder.

Aug 21, 2017

Just finished the book. This book is an excellent look at the male psychopath and how he operates. It is also a candid look in to the personality of the woman who falls in love with him too quickly and then tries to ignore all the signs.

debwalker Jul 12, 2017

What happens when you figure out your husband is a psychopath?

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