The Night Olivia Fell (Review)

by Christina McDonald

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In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant.

A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?

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Abi Knight is awakened in the middle of the night by a phone call informing her that her only daughter has fallen off a bridge. When Abi arrives at the hospital, she is informed that Olivia is brain dead and pregnant. Abi finds clues which lead her to believe her daughter did not just fall from the bridge. She moves heaven and earth to discover exactly what happened the night Olivia fell.

There is so much I want to say about Abi. First off, her emotions radiate off the pages. I was trapped by her feelings. Her hurt and her anger are such powerful forces. She is the perfect, imperfect character. When she is mean to her sister…I wanted to pinch her…HARD. But, she is such a splendid fit for this story.

This story follows two timelines, before the fall and after. It also has two narrators, Abi and Olivia. Think it is going to be confusing? No way! It is so superbly written with so many twists and turns. I must have guessed the perpetrator 10 times.

What a read! This book captured me from the get go! It is masterfully done with some of the best complex characters I have read about in a long time. Do not miss this one! Grab it today!

I received this novel from Gallery Books via NetGalley for a honest review.

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Publication date: February 5, 2019
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Language: English



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