Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review (Short Story)

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Title: Evidence of the Affair
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Pages: 115
Publication date: September 20th 2018
Publisher: Amazon Publishing

About the book
Dear 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 and set in the '70s, 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

I don't often delve into short stories, but when I saw this one on Amazon for 99p I couldn't resist, not only because I figured it would be a quick and easy read, which let's face it, is something I'm always up for, but because I was excited to read something else from Taylor Jenkins Reid after The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo fast became one of my favourite books of all time.

This short story absolutely did not disappoint, in fact, I absolutely devoured it. It was exceptional. It packs a punch and is moving, powerful and full of emotion. My attention was captured from the very first page and TJR somehow manages to lay across so many feelings in such a short amount of time, without the book ever feeling rushed or pressed for time.

I also really didn't expect the ending. The twist was so good and I think I let out an audible gasp and once again, TJR has proved what an amazing writer and storyteller she is. I love her writing style and I love her ability to capture you and just completely immerse you into these character's lives.

It's refreshing how well written a story this short can be; I felt like we were taken on a journey with these characters and I would love to know what comes next for them. I appreciated the little nod she gave to Daisy Jones & the Six, too! I highly recommend this short story and is definitely worthy of 30 minutes or so of your time!

Verdict: ★★★★

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