Fiction

Kayla Reviews EVIDENCE OF THE AFFAIR

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Summary from Goodreads:

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 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.

My Take:

Well gang, I still got the Covid. I’m so tired that reading is not always easy, so I’ve found and downloaded some AMAZING (and short) audiobooks to keep me company.

I have an soft spot for epistolary tales, and this is one of the better ones I’ve listened to. The full cast recording certainly helps with that. Once again, Taylor Jenkins Reid impressed me with her uncanny ability to fully flesh out multiple characters with little more than monologues.

On the surface, this is a pretty typical “affair” story, but in Reid’s masterful hands, it’s so much more. It’s the story of finding love and strength within before you can change the world without, and each character has well tended-to arc that will hook you from beginning to end.

At only and hour long, I can’t recommend this surprisingly uplifting tale more.

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