Review: The Night Olivia Fell

Review: The Night Olivia Fell

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

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Official synopsis

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? 


I don't know if I can fully explain the emotional toll and journey I went through while reading this book. I haven't had such a good cry - a really long good cry, in a long time. From the beginning till the very end, I went through the heartbreak and heartache experienced by Abi and Olivia. By the last few chapters, I was encompassed and engrossed by pure sadness. I don’t know if I’ve ever cried so much during reading.

This was a beautifully written, heart-tugging, edge-of-your-seat novel and I loved every bit of it. Wow.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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