A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

  • by Jen Waite
  • Narrated by Jen Waite
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 time line narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.


What the Critics Say

"Like Big Little Lies, A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a startling reminder that fairy tales aren't real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I couldn't turn away." (Jillian Lauren, New York Times best-selling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Riveting and insightful

Would you consider the audio edition of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing to be better than the print version?

To hear the book narrated by the author added to the poignancy of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story captivated me and I wanted to keep listening until the end. All in one sitting.

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- monica thorpe


Amazing! I can't stress it enough. Jen is amazing and a true inspiration! This story is unreal. It's raw and incredible. Almost unbelievable that this happened in real life. It is SO well written. Listen to this memoir in the authors own words. You won't regret it.
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- Anne Marchezak

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio