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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jen Waite

Narrated By: Jen Waite

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: July 2017

Duration: 6 hours 42 minutes


A woman discovers her marriage is built on an illusion in this harrowing and ultimately inspiring memoir.

“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...

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 email 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.


  • Dorthe B

    loved this book :)

  • jon s

    um good book, compelling but very whiny. The author had a rough road to hoe for sure but how many times did she say, I can't do this? She had the complete, unwavering support of her family, including financial support. When I think of the millions of women who are single mothers with zero support at all, Jen Waite comes off as a ungrateful, complaining and waspy. The book is interesting but i wished she took more of a glass half full perspective. This is the first review I've ever written and i really want to support women and their accomplishments so I am sorry her pessimistic attitude was the most memorable thing about the book.

  • Paula H

    Really enjoyed this book and the author's narration!


    This is a great book very compelling! I recommend it!

  • Chamini D

    Such a beautiful book and a good message, enjoyed listening to it a lot.

  • Lois B

    I really enjoyed this book but was very sad not to hear what happened with the cheating SOB. I really think She would not have made it thru this if not for her family which she was really lucky to have! Also the author has an excellent narrator voice.

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