Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

evidence of the affair

“I’ve always been struck by the idea that you can’t be all that happy something has returned if it doesn’t go away in the first place.”

5/5 stars


Fiction – Short Story

Goodreads Summary

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, 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.


This was my first ever short story and what an amazing one it was! First of all, can Taylor Jenkins Reid do no wrong? She is seriously the queen of fiction! In just over one hundred pages, she managed to write an enthralling story of the secrecy and heartbreak of an affair. I loved that everything was written in letter format! It really allowed the reader to perceive the point of view of each person involved.

You really can’t go wrong with Evidence of the Affair! If you hate it, you’re only out about 30 to 40 minutes of your time. But I’m guessing you will love it because… well, what’s not to love about a short story written by TJR?! 🙂

Author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s website

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