ARC Review | The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald


40964815The truth, after all, only mattered as much as you allowed it to. 

Published: February 5, 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pages: 368 (Kindle)

Series: N/A – Standalone


5 Stars

What do you do when you know something and nobody will listen? When you need answers and nobody will provide them? When you can’t trust anybody to help you?


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?


Hey guys! So, full disclosure, I’m writing this review almost ten plus days after finishing this novel because I was an emotional wreck afterwards. I cried for almost a full twenty minutes, it was such a heartwarming, sad, and emotional ending to a really incredible journey.

The Night Olivia Fell is written very differently than any other thriller I think I’ve ever read. I’ve come to notice that thrillers or mysteries are heavily carried upon narration and description, but this one was propelled almost entirely by dialogue. It was fast paced and a much quicker read than other thrillers I’ve read in the past, and I really enjoyed that about it. It wasn’t hard to follow at all, I never got lost or confused, and I found myself flipping pages quickly and long into the night.

It flips back and forth between present day, Abi’s point of view, and past, Olivia’s point of view. I enjoyed both POV’s equally and loved watching the story unfold through both mother and daughter. It was heartbreaking as hell though because the whole time you’re racing to find out answers and find out what happens you know Olivia isn’t going to make it to the end of the book. You’re reading all her parts of the story and you’re getting to know her and like her but the whole time you’re so sad about it because you know what happens to her, it’s part of what makes this book so absolutely heartbreaking.

This reminded me so much of those old school Lifetime movies I would watch with my mom on the weekends where a woman’s child would be in danger and she would do whatever she had to do to save them. Although this book wrecked me emotionally I did really enjoy reading it; I thought it was incredibly well written, well plotted, had realistic characters, and had all the twists and turns and shock factors I was looking for in a thriller.

This novel was an absolute fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see what else the author comes up with! This will release on Tuesday, so if you’re into thrillers, or even new to the genre, I highly suggest you check it out!

Happy reading


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