The last book I read on holiday was Evidence of The Affair, which follows on from Out of Love by Hazel Hayes, The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon, Madam by Phoebe Wynne, The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann, Clap You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo and Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown.
If you’re an avid reader of my book reviews (thanks, firstly), you’ll know that I was very late to the party where Taylor Jenkins Reid is concerned. Whilst I still have plenty of her books to read, I can happily report that I have now read Daisy Jones & The Six and Malibu Rising . Now I can Evidence of The Affair to the list and I think you should, too.
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.
Evidence of The Affair was a short, but not necessarily sweet, offering from a much loved author.
In it, Carrie Allsop and David Mayer correspond regarding their respective partners, uncovering painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses.
It might be short but, through descriptive correspondence, Reid guides readers through believable characters and creates a gripping narrative.
My only problem with this one was the conclusion. I think Carrie was dealt a satisfying conclusion but I just wish the same could be said for both characters.
If you’re looking for a descriptive, different short story, this might just be the perfect read for you.
You can buy this book here.