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Evidence of the Affair by @tjenkinsreid

By Pamelascott

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.


['Dear Mr. David Mayer, my name is Carrie Allsop]


(Amazon Original Stories, 20 September 2018, 115 pages, ebook from @AmazonKindle via #PrimeReading)



I really enjoyed this story. I liked the fact that it's structured as a series of letters, between two people having an affair and between their spouses seeking comfort and solace in someone else who knows what's going on. This works really well. This structure leaves the narrative a bit more open to interpretation because everything isn't laid out. Each letter writer has their own style so there's never any confusion about who wrote what. I really felt for Carrie who is sent a final three letters her husband sent his mistress after the affair ends which devastate her. There's enough here for a full-length novel.

Evidence Affair @tjenkinsreid

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