Mini Book Review: Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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evidence of the affair by taylor jenkins reid book coverDear stranger…

A desperate young woman in Southern California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met—a choice that will forever change both their lives.

My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here.

Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.

 

My review

Told entirely in the form of letters, Evidence of the Affair is an unconventional short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Clocking in at only 86 pages, this is an easy binge-in-one-sitting kind of story – not that it’s easy to put this book down anyways with how quickly it gets to the action. Reading the letters between the two scorned spouses felt like almost uncomfortably personal at times, giving the reader the feeling that they’re reading a diary of a loved one. You know you shouldn’t read it, but how can you stop?

Through the letters, it’s easy to get a good idea of who each of the characters are – and also see them change as the story moves forward. Everyone in this book had secrets, and by the end they were a tangled mass of lies and betrayal. It kind of reads like a simplified version of a soap opera, and I loved it. Also, I loved the low-key mention of Daisy Jones – a nice call out for fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other works. While this wasn’t my favorite of Reid’s work, it was still a fun romp – a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. 4/5

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