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Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell


The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald– 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? 

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I think this is one of those books that as a mother of a teenage girl just felt like a punch in the gut. I could feel Abi’s pain and desperation jumping off the pages at me. I could easily place myself in her shoes. The reality of her daughter having a whole other side of her life that Abi knew nothing about was enough to give any mother of a teenage girl cringing. The story is told from dual points of view- Abi in the present and Olivia in the past- which I felt really added a lot of depth to the story that would have been missing if it had only been told from one perspective. I identified with both of them for very different reasons and that made the story incredibly engaging for me. I had to know what happened to Olivia and I was surprised by the twists and turns the story took to get to the truth. 

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