This month we wanted to read something both true and spooky. We decided on this memoir by Jen Waite about discovering that her husband was most likely a psychopath or sociopath after what had seemed like a perfect marriage. Definitely creepy and a little unnerving, this book has received good reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews so we thought we'd give it a chance.
Here's the official summary:
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 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.
In addition to being disturbing as all hell, this book also address the topic of domestic violence and abuse. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and our hope is to tie in some of the events in the book to DV awareness and support of victims.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of the month. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on October 27th at 7:30pm. We'll have free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
Today Show Interview--"Jen Waite on Megyn Kelly"
BookPage Review-- "Book Reviews: A Beautiful, Terrible Thing"
The New York Times Review--"New in Memoir: Lessons in Falling in Love and 2 accounts of its Horrors"
Foggy Pine Books
Literary Gifts & Events for Boone's Bibliophiles