Book Review

Evidence of the Affair

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Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
First Published: September 20, 2018
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 115
Format: eBook
Source: Prime Reading


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.

Also by this author: Malibu Rising

My Thoughts

This little novella was a surprise, told entirely in letters, the novel chronicles the events surrounding an affair and the deep hurt that the spurned spouses feel. Being a divorcee myself and having suffered through the traumatizing stress of infidelity, I found this book to be a comfort.

The story explores the relationships of two very different couples, how they met, their everyday lives, and what went wrong. I appreciated the frank discussion about love and how easy it is to fall into the lull of domesticity and how it can become, quite frankly, boring. Nothing will ever match the excitement of a new relationship, getting to know someone new, and the electricity of a new sex partner. This is the tried and true story of how many relationships start and die in a fiery blaze.

“Lying has just become so much easier than telling the truth. I don’t remember when things got so hard. But life has been a matter of keeping our heads above water for years now.”

There were a lot of elements of the novel that I found convenient and cheesy and had to suspend my belief, how quickly a close friendship between Carrie and David was just not all that grounded in reality. I understand that everyone takes the pain of being cheated on differently and how easy it is to attach yourself to another person in times of pain, I’ve been there. The way that it plays out however was just not the most convincing. The story had some redeeming qualities by approaching the question of whether or not a relationship can survive cheating and the judgment that is passed on to the hurt party.

Even so, I found myself blazing through the novella wanting to uncover the events peripherally through letters. The epistolary format of this novel provided an interesting way to tell this story in a manner that is easy to digest, and I had a lot of fun reading it. I picked up this novella when I spotted it on Prime Reading, the author has been on my radar for two years now since The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo made such a splash in the book community. This book has solidified my interest in Taylor Jenkins Reid and I will definitely be picking up more of her books this year.

About Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Her novels have been Indie Next Picks, chosen by Book of the Month, and featured in People, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, and more. Her newest novel, Daisy Jones and the Six, is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Los Angeles.


  1. I just recently picked up a copy of this novella after loving both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & the Six. I haven’t read it yet but I’m really looking forward to it, especially after reading your review.

    1. Glad to hear, and you should definitely pick it up soon! It’s a fast read for sure, and it makes me excited to read both Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones!

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