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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  10,805 ratings  ·  1,709 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
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Kindle Edition, 115 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Amazon Original Stories
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Silvia Goodreads says 115. But several of them have only one or two paragraphs, since it's all letters. It's really short (and wonderful!).
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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.
Zoë
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
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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!
Julie
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
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Barbie
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 stor
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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
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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
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Melanie
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 between t
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Elyse Walters
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally......*totally* engaging!!!!!!!
....”Then I moved on to Daisy Jones and Carole King”.
*TUDOR^QUEEN*
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
Sandra
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
Sid
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
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Matt
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
Melisa
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!
Riley
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
taylor jenkins reid is the only author who can fuck me up in under 50 pages
Warda
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.
Christine
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
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ALet
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!
Dem
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
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Brandice
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.
Christy
3.5 stars
“It is funny the crazy things our brains make up to save us from the truth.”

I loved listening to this audio book told in letters, with a different narrator for all four characters. It hit me all in the feels and I adored two of the four characters, was indifferent to one, and loathed one. I liked this story, but I feel like it could have been so much more.

This novella was too short and I personally think it would have been better as a novel. There is so much more I wanted to see
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****

Super short and enjoyable read.
I saw that coming at the end!
Bibi
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epistolary
Has anyone else noticed the cheekbones on Taylor J. Reid? Stunning. And oh, the book was equally as captivating. Read it!
Jonetta
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
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sue
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!
Theresa Alan
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is good for a short story. When a woman, Carrie, discovers letters from a married woman named Janet to Carrie’s husband, Ken, Carrie writes Janet’s husband, David. David and Carrie find strength in one another as they try to figure out whether to confront their spouses or try to fix their respective marriages. The whole story is told via letters from the spouses that are being cheated on, as well as the letters their spouses have kept from one another and hidden—but not well enough. Because ...more
Jill McGill
Dear stranger…

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

Oh this was so good... told entirely through letters of two strangers whose spouses were having an illicit affair. Read how one choice will forever change both Carrie and David's lives.

Loved it... Highly Recommend!
may ❀
i love getting shook and having to reread the entire chapter just to make sure i understood //that// correctly

y'all, practice some self-love and read this right now

buddy read with jia & emily

4.5 stars!
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.

READ IT.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @tjenkinsreid.
“It is funny the crazy things our brains make up to save us from the truth.” 14 likes
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