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Evidence of the Affair

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  24,756 ratings  ·  3,641 reviews
The repercussions of an illicit affair unfold in this short story by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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 Allso
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Amazon Original Stories
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
10/10 do recommend reading this in the tub with a glass of wine and Fleetwood Mac playing softly in the background. SO DAMN GOOD.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my stars, that was fabulous.
I felt so much in only 100 pages? How is this possible? What kind of literary witch is Taylor Jenkins Reid? Why am I crying? What is happening?
I'm a sucker for books told in alternative formats, and this book of letters was just right. Though this format limits how much character description we get, I instantly connected to our protagonists. I want to give Carrie and David a big old hug.
This short story gave me a complete character arc and kept me on my toes the en
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-deals
This was so good. No long review needed, just do yourself a favor and grab a copy. It'll be a worthy 30 minutes of your time, and it's currently free on Kindle Unlimited! ...more
Evidence of the Affair, written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Julia Whelan, George Newbern, James Daniels, and Dara Rosenberg.

This is my second story by Taylor Jenkins Reid and my second that has some narration by Julie Whelan and I will be looking for stories where each of them are involved. Evidence of the Affair is related to us in the form of letters from Carrie, housewife of a doctor, writing to David, husband of the woman who is having an affair with the doctor. David writes back to
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a 2018 Amazon Original Stories publication.

Beginning in 1976, a written correspondence commences between the wife and husband whose spouses are having an affair with one another.

The epistolary story evolves from here to also include the letters exchanged by their spouses, revealing their thoughts and feelings as they continue with their marriages as though nothing was going on.

This a very short story, but packs a powerful, poignant, and emotion
Emily May
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great idea, but it's a little more basic than I was hoping for from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

It's an epistolary novella, featuring letters exchanged between a man and a woman who have discovered their spouses are having an affair together. It is compelling enough to keep me wondering how it would end, but it's unfortunate that everything went pretty much exactly how I expected. No surprises here.

I was also a little put off by some of the gushy language. Carrie
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

My thoughts in a nutshell
I usually don't read short stories but TJR is my newest favorite author and I was really curious if she could write a great story on only 115 pages? Yes, she could.

No matter whether it is 100 pages or 400, she's just a marvelous writer and she can do anything. :)

I adored this little novel. This is not a spoiler, but it's about an affair. The two involved characters start a conversation by letters and they found out that their partners sleep together. The whole st
Angela M
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read one book at a time and routinely read at the gym on the treadmill and bike, but the book I’m reading is a hard copy and I can’t hold it as comfortably as my kindle. I had downloaded this short story/novella for free from Amazon thanks to my Goodreads friend Melisa so my dilemma was solved . I read this and can get back to my book . About this story - wow! I always enjoy epistolary novels and I wasn’t sure how this would work as a short story, but it certainly did for me. It’s engaging, sa ...more
Larry H
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear Mr. David Mayer,
My name is Carrie Allsop. Please accept my apologies for contacting you out of the blue. I am writing to ask a quite humbling favor. I recently found some love letters in my husband's briefcase that I believe to be from your wife, Janet...

With those words, this potent short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid begins. It's December 1976, and Carrie Allsop has taken every last ounce of courage to write the man whose wife she believes is having an affair with her husband. She asks him
Elyse  Walters
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally......*totally* engaging!!!!!!!
....”Then I moved on to Daisy Jones and Carole King”.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Taryn
“Alone in the world and alone in my marriage. Alone in love, really.”

So, basically, I’m trying somewhat hard to hit 200 books this year. And last night I just couldn’t sleep, so in the late hours of the night, I decided to read this short little novella to help boost my number. Holy shit, friends, I went into this book not expecting much, but came out weeping over its beauty.

This is a very short read, that is told completely in the format of letters from the late seventies. Letters b
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My second book of Reid. But loved it as much as I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
As soon as I saw it in my news feed, got it downloaded and read within the last half hour. This is the story about a women who after losing everything gains everything and in the process discovers her true identity. Hitting rock bottom sometimes acts as the U-turn giving you a new happy life rather than the useless one you were holding on to just because you didn't have enough courage to let go. Don't sett
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an engaging novella which takes place in the late 70's in California. Two people who are married are having an affair. Carrie finds love letters from a woman named Janet in her dermatologist husband Ken's briefcase. Carrie and Ken have been married about ten years. Carrie doesn't work because Ken says he wants her to relax so that she can get pregnant. They have been trying for quite some time, without success. Eventually, Carrie decides to write to David, the husband of Janet. She tell ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Touching short story set in the 70's about two people (Carrie and David) who correspond through letters after they discover that their spouses (Ken and Janet) are cheating on them with each other. The entire story is told through letters. I sort of hoped some things would have turned out differently at the end of the story, though, so I was a bit disappointed. (view spoiler) ...more
WOW! Outstanding short story! I listened to this Audible book on my morning walk. What an enjoyment!

This is one of the BEST short stories I've listened to. The story is cleverly told in letters. I think only Taylor Jenkins Reid can pull this style off! So much feeling packed into this little story! I'm a little late on this treasure but "better late than never."

I loved the narration as well. It was perfection and part of it was narrated by a personal favourite- Julie Whelan. To my pleasant surp
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
taylor jenkins reid is the only author who can fuck me up in under 50 pages
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is a certain point in this story that made me say "OH" out loud.

If talking to yourself while reading isn't a raving endorsement of a book I don't know what is.

And hopefully a raving endorsement is enough of a review.

4 stars
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I am a little late to the party on this one...but I loved it! ❤️ I mean TJR can turn me into an emotional mess in something like 87 pages. Well done TJR. Somehow she got me emotionally involved with these characters in under an hours time and all in letters. WOW.

This is a story of two married couples, an affair and some letters. That is really all you need to know. The cover is gorgeous and fitting as it took place in the 1970's. I really can't say much more because I don't want to give it away.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Chelsea Humphrey
I stumbled upon this piece by Taylor Jenkins Reid completely by accident—thank you Goodreads and the daily digest—as I noticed a number of my fellow readers were offering their praise. A fan of short stories and having come off a horrid few days of bad reading, I thought I would take a look, and am pleased I did. In a story that took under an hour to read, I was pulled into a collection of letters between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer. Carrie and David appear to be the unwilling victims of an af ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
But why wasn’t this an actual novel?! There was so much to this short story, that I became quickly invested in it. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like if it was longer: heart-wrenching and gorgeous.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great epistolary short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Free on Kindle Unlimited or with Amazon Prime!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Evidence of the Affair, a quick read comprised entirely of letters between Carrie and David, whose spouses are having an affair. Both Carrie and David feel they are communicating with the only other person who can truly understand the pain they are enduring. I was eager to see how the situation would unfold. This is a short story and though somewhat predictable, it was intriguing.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Larry, Angela M. reviews
4.5 stars rounded to 4 stars

This is a sublimely bittersweet short story written by an author who is new to me. I do not generally search out short stories, but the blurb attracted me and I was looking for a quick read.

This tale is told in letters. Letters between two people who have discovered that their spouses are engaged in an affair. There are also a few letters between the illicit lovers. There is the expected shock, angst, anger, hurt, and shame, along with some uplifting moments, courage
Terrie Robinson
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Terrie by: Book Club Friends
"Evidence of the Affair" by Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of those books you keep thinking about days after you read the last page!

What would you do if you found out your husband was having an affair? You found her letters to your husband, so the evidence is in your hands! Would you sit down, write a letter to her husband and 'spill the beans'? Well, that's what devastated wife Carrie Alsop did and she bravely mails the letter to David Mayer! Carrie wants to know if David, by chance, has found any
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed other books by this author and I love books that are in epistolary format - so both of those things combined should have meant that this was going to be a winner for me. Instead it just felt really schmaltzy. *sigh*

Go read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones & The Six instead.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★★★ /5

This was an interesting slice of life story. There was so much to this short story, I became quickly invested in it. The characters were interesting, their motivations were clear. The story progressed very fast, there wasn‘t any unimportant details. This short story was painful, with a clear end goal and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
3.5 Stars

An entertaining and thought provoking short story that I think will resonate with many readers.

I don't read a lot of short stories but on the recommendation of a couple of Goodread’s friends this one worked its way to my reader list and it really works as I got sucked in right from the beginning. I sometimes find with short stories that they I cant make a connection with the characters and the story is over before it begins but with this one it flows, well drawn characters and the sto
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
50 pages that’s all. But packed with a fabulous story. In letters. Great!
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
This epistolary short story begins when Carrie Allsop, a young married woman, reaches out and writes to David Mayer, the husband of the woman with whom her husband is having an affair. She’s discovered their betrayal after finding the letters sent by David’s wife, Janet.

I loved everything about this story! The magic of the short story form, when done well, is its ability to capture and convey the essence of the characters swiftly and deftly. It took me all of a minute to be drawn in and mesmeri
Tan Markovic
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to everyone on here that has been posting about this today otherwise I probably wouldn't have found it!
Super short read, read on Kindle Unlimited.

Taylor Jenkins Reid could probably write anything and I'd be gripped.
Absolutely love her writing.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid. ...more

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