The Night Olivia Fell

The Night Olivia Fell

by Christina McDonald

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501184017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,725
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Christina McDonald is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell, which has been optioned for TV by a major Hollywood studio. Her next book, Behind Every Lie, is out Feb 2020. Her writing has been featured in The Sunday Times (Dublin), USA TODAY, and Expedia. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland Galway, and now lives in London, England with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Tango.
Christina McDonald is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell, which has been optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. She has worked for companies such as USA TODAY, The Sunday Times (Dublin), and Expedia. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she has an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and now lives in London, England.

Read an Excerpt

The Night Olivia Fell

“You want the truth? I’m—” My admission was cut off by a streak of blazing hot pain as something exploded against the side of my head. My brain barely registered the blow, my vision a dusky blur of red, pain searing into my skull and down my jaw. I felt my body spin with the force of it.

I reeled backward until my legs whacked against the low cement wall and I tumbled over, my body hurtling sideways across the ledge. A dark fog pressed against my outer vision, and before I knew it I was falling, plunging into empty space.

I hit the river on my back, my eyes fastened on the bridge’s soaring spires illuminated by a flickering streetlamp.

Then the shadowy water tipped me under.

Reading Group Guide

This readers group guide for The Night Olivia Fell includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Christina McDonald. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
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Introduction

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?

Topics and Questions for Discussion

1. Consider the novel’s structure of Abi’s and Olivia’s alternating viewpoints and time periods. How do you think the reading experience might have been different if the story had been told chronologically? What about if it had been told by either one narrator or from a third-person point of view?

2. Compare and contrast Abi’s and Olivia’s perceptions of each other from what we learn about each woman through their own words in their designated chapters. Discuss the discrepancies between who they are and who the other person thinks they are.

3. It’s clear that Abi and Olivia love each other deeply, but as with any mother-daughter relationship, they sometimes misunderstand each other. Are there any moments in the novel in which you feel they could have communicated better? Do any of these scenes remind you of moments in your own life with your mother or daughter? If you feel comfortable doing so, consider sharing them with your book club.

4. “Mom told me I should stand up to her. Tyler said I always saw the best in people. The truth was, neither of them was right. I was just scared of not being liked” (p. 12). Discuss this statement of Olivia’s and compare it to Abi’s statement of “I was really more of an observer than a participator. I was better at standing on the sidelines” (p. 43). While Olivia may seem more social on the outside, how do both women isolate themselves from others?

5. When Anthony tells Abi that he’s “just grateful I have [my mother] at all,” Abi thinks, “It was a funny answer, so different from how I would look at it. But he was right” (p. 113). What else does Abi learn from Anthony about coping with grief?

6. Sarah tells Olivia about an experiment from her college psychology class where the teacher asked the class if they would prefer happiness or truth. Sarah’s class chose happiness, but Olivia says she would choose truth, and claims that it brings happiness in itself. Consider these two statements. Do you think truth and happiness are mutually exclusive? Which would you choose?

7. “I was scared. Of rejection. Of loss. Of hurt. Of being anything other than Olivia’s mom” (p. 143). Why do you think Abi uses being a mother—the most vulnerable occupation of all—as a crutch to protect herself from the world?

8. When Kendall pretends she doesn’t know Olivia, Olivia is deeply hurt, and says that “the rejection was like acid in my stomach. I didn’t know what I’d done wrong” (p. 153). Compare Olivia’s feelings of rejection from Kendall, her half-sister, to Abi’s feelings of rejection from Gavin, Olivia’s father, years ago.

9. “Being a mother wasn’t something you just ‘handled’ . . . her death didn’t have anything to do with me at all” (p. 189). How do you think reading her mother’s suicide note and learning more about her mother’s death helped Abi cope with losing Olivia?

10. Mother-daughter relationships form the core of The Night Olivia Fell. Compare and contrast the relationships between Abi and Olivia, Abi and her mother, Olivia and her baby, as well as the relationship between Abi and Sarah, who plays a maternal role in Abi’s life, the relationship between Madison and Jen, and any others you can think of!

11. When Kendall and Olivia spend time together, Olivia eventually realizes she’s fond of her. “It was cool that she might be my sister. I’d always wanted siblings” (p. 171). Compare Kendall and Olivia’s relationship as half-sisters to Abi’s relationship with Sarah.

12. “If my mom had gotten an abortion, I wouldn’t even be alive, so I couldn’t do that to this baby”(p. 276). Compare Olivia’s reaction to her pregnancy to Abi’s reaction to her pregnancy with Olivia years before.

13. Olivia says, “My mom taught me that: Look to the future and you won’t stumble on the present . . . I knew now why she was like that, and maybe it wasn’t something you could unlearn, but I didn’t want to be like that” (p. 291). Discuss the merits of living in the present versus planning with the future with your book club. Is there a way to balance both in our lives?

14. Author Christina McDonald keeps us guessing throughout the novel on who was ultimately to blame for Olivia’s tragic death. When the guilty party is revealed, was it the person you suspected? Why or why not? If not, who else did you suspect, and why?

15. Throughout the novel in the present day, Olivia is kept on life support so she can carry her unborn child to term. Is it morally or ethically right to keep a woman, let alone a teenager, on life support to keep a baby alive? Respectfully discuss your views with your book club.

16. “I let myself stand on that cliff and peer over the edge into the future, at the happiness that I could have one day if I would only allow it” (p. 129). Do you think Abi finally allows happiness to come to her at the end of the novel? How else does she grow as a character at the end of the novel?

Enhance Your Book Club

1. Consider reading other novels centering around domestic suspense and mothers and daughters with your book club, such as Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight or What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross. Compare their similarities and differences with The Night Olivia Fell.

2. The lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest is featured prominently in The Night Olivia Fell. To better understand the novel’s setting, do some Internet research on some of the locales the novel mentions, such as Puget Sound, the University of Washington, and Mercer Island—or, if you live in the area, consider a field trip!

3. At one point in the novel, Derek claims that he didn’t tell the police he was the baby’s father because “I’ve seen CSI . . . they’d think I was the one who hurt Olivia or something” (p. 241). Consider watching an episode of a crime TV show like CSI with your book club, and discussing how television influences our views of criminal investigations. Compare them to the novel’s treatment of crime—what similarities or differences do you notice? Is one more believable than the other? Why do you think so?

4. Visit the author’s website at www.christina-mcdonald.com to learn more about her. Research some of her journalism for outlets such as The Sunday Times (Dublin), the Galway Independent, or the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

A Conversation with Christina McDonald

What inspired you to write The Night Olivia Fell? How did you visualize the cast of rich and varied characters and their emotions?

Back in 2013 I was rocking my new baby to sleep while reading the news on my phone. I came across a story about a teenager in California, Jahi McMath, who had been declared brain-dead after a routine tonsillectomy went wrong. My first thought was for the girl’s mother and how utterly heartbreaking it would be to lose your child. I think this is every mother’s biggest fear – it’s certainly mine!

After reading that story, I looked down at my new baby and imagined myself in Jahi’s mom’s position, and I started asking myself, “What if?” What if her daughter was pregnant? Would that be a comfort or a curse? What if she’d suffered her own tragedies in her past? What if she were a single parent? What if she thought her daughter had been murdered, but nobody believed her? And thus was born The Night Olivia Fell.

How does your experience as a journalist and copywriter inform your fiction writing? Do you find any connections between writing news and writing thrillers?

I started as a journalist, so obviously I’ve seen some crazy stories. I think a lot of these stories cemented in my head and they’ve given me a great launching point. But to write a novel you have to connect with your characters and the journey they go through. I learned that in copywriting. As a digital copywriter I had to guide a reader through different steps to get to the resolution I wanted them to reach, much the way an author has to when writing a book.

Being a copywriter and journalist gave me a huge appreciation for emotion, mostly because you have to take it all out when writing a piece. I like feeling things; I like the emotion I feel when I read, so this is the aspect where I feel most free when writing a book. Using sensory words that are vivid and evoke a taste or a smell—those things get lost a little in news (less so for copywriting), but I love words and how rich and varied they are.

You were born in the Seattle area, where the novel takes place, and you render the area’s atmosphere so vividly throughout the novel. Can you talk about why you chose Seattle as the book’s setting?

I chose Seattle and the Puget Sound area literally because I was born there and have such a great history of experiences there. It was an easy place to use as a setting because it is so beautiful and varied. And I figure if you know it, write it. So I did!

Besides Seattle, you’ve also lived in Ireland and London. Can you talk a bit about how each place informed your worldview, and subsequently, your writing?

I think each place I’ve lived has given me a rich perspective in seeing how people live, gathering more details about location, and meeting a variety of wonderful people. I’ve seen so many different people living different lives and having different experiences than what I would’ve done just by living in one place.

It’s (I hope!) also made me far more open-minded, so I can now see that the way one person does things, or the way one country does things, may be different from another, but they’re simply doing what’s right for them in their particular set of circumstances. This ability to see both sides of the same coin has helped me create better characters, I think, who are more like real people: a mix of good and bad, right and wrong.

On your website, you say that choosing to go to graduate school in Ireland “wasn’t part of the master plan,” but the result of a spontaneous trip. Can you tell that story a bit more in detail? Did you have another plan in mind?

I graduated from the University of Washington in 2001, and there were just no jobs in media or journalism. So I decided to work as a waitress for a year and save up to go traveling. I bought a ticket to London and headed off on my grand adventure, vaguely aware I wanted to go to Europe, but with no hard plans, accommodations, or bookings. Now I wonder what I was thinking, but then I guess I just wanted to be open to do whatever came up.

So I landed at London’s Heathrow very early in the morning and was completely disoriented and jet lagged. I gathered my backpack and stumbled out of baggage claim and the first desk I came across was Aer Lingus. Completely on a whim, I bought a seat on the next flight to Ireland. I spent an absolutely amazing month traveling around Ireland, meeting some of the most incredible people and having the best time of my life.

At some point I ended up in Galway, and one night I was at the King’s Head on Shop Street. Over a pint (Bulmers Cider for me!) a guy told me about a great master’s in journalism program they had at the university in Galway. After I returned to Seattle I promptly applied, got accepted, sold all my stuff, and moved to Ireland, where I met my future husband.

It’s one of those pivotal moments that completely changed the course of my life. I often wonder what would’ve happened to me if I hadn’t seen that Aer Lingus desk!

How do you deal with writer’s block? What drives you to keep going when you figuratively “hit a wall” while writing?

I sleep on it! Our minds subconsciously untangle problems when we’re sleeping, so a lot of the time I’ll have figured out the problem in my sleep and it will pop into my conscious thoughts at some point in the day. If this doesn’t work, I talk it out. I tell my husband or my friends what I’m thinking, and usually I’ve sorted it out by the end of my monologue. Hearing things out loud or getting another’s perspective really helps.

What are some of your favorite novels or authors? If you had to pick one that you think has inspired you the most, who or what would it be?

One of my favorite authors of all time is Jodi Picoult. Her book My Sister’s Keeper impacted me so much, in terms of emotion and structure, characters’ POV, and the evocative use of words. Ditto John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. I’m not a crier, so if an author can make me cry, I know they’ve done something right. I also really love thrillers by authors like Heather Gudenkauf, Mary Kubica, and Clare Mackintosh.

What do you like to do in your spare time other than writing?

I have two young boys, so I don’t have a lot of free time. But when I do I’m a huge bookworm, so I like to read. I also love going to the gym and walking my dog in the park.

Are you working on anything now that you’d like to share with us?

I’m working on a new domestic suspense novel set in Whidbey Island and London, in which a woman wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and can’t remember if she killed her mother.

What do you most want readers to take away from The Night Olivia Fell? What emotion do you hope lingers in their minds when they close the book?

Well, The Night Olivia Fell is a suspense novel, so I hope I keep readers flipping pages as they’re trying to guess whodunit. But I also hope readers fall in love with Abi and Olivia and the world they inhabit. I want readers to have tears in their eyes and hope in their hearts, and I hope they really feel and understand the whole theme of the novel, which is that a mother’s loyalty to her child is undying, even in the face of death.

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The Night Olivia Fell 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this new to me author. The story is crushing in it's untangling of how Olivia is harmed and her mother's overprotective love plays a part in just how tangled it gets. I LOVED the ending chapters and shed tears as Olivia's life ebbs away. As a grieving mother myself, Abi's grief carried me along with her. I would read a sequel with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging and emotional from cover to cover. Great read!
Anonymous 7 months ago
+it%27s+hands+down+the+best+book+I%27ve+read+this+year.++highly+recommend+
Anonymous 8 months ago
This+was+a+beautiful+story+of+love+and+loss.+I+was+moved+to+tears.
Philomath_in_Phila More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald could have just been a typical "mom seeks the truth about what happened to her daughter" book except it was not. Christina McDonald's writing makes you connect with the characters, root for Abi, a single mom whose entire life revolved around her daughter, Olivia, and makes it a "cannot put down" book. Abi wakes in the middle of the night to hear every mother worst fear - her studious, sensible daughter had an accident. At the hospital she learns Olivia fell off a bridge, is braindead, and, oh yeah, she is pregnant. Abi's word turns upside down and she will not stop at anything to find out what happened that night on the bridge. Using flashbacks McDonald flips back and forth between the present and the months leading up to Olivia's fall. This technique lets us see how in just a few months a person can change by keeping secrets and not letting others in. I was not sure until the end of the story what really happened to Olivia. This is a suspenseful mystery that sucks you in from the very beginning. I have added Christina McDonald to my "authors to read" list. Review published on Philomathinphila.com on 3/1/19.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Christina McDonald wrote an emotionally charged suspense novel introducing many characters that each grew on me; by the end of the novel I was invested in each of them and the outcome that I cried when it was uncovered. It begins when Abi Knight is awoken in the middle of the night when her phone rings to discover that her daughter has been in an accident. She has fallen off a bridge and the accident has left her brain dead, but to everyone’s surprise she is pregnant!! So, they are to keep her on life support long enough for the baby to be born. The story is about that fight for the baby’s life and the fight for the justice that Abi is fighting for. It is believed the fall was that of an accident, but Abi knows her daughter was involved in something much more sinister. She is not going to give up until she finds out the truth. What is the truth? Was it an accident or was she involved in a crime? I was truly gripped in the outcome. We are told the story from both Abi and Olivia’s side which was a stunning way to tell the story and the writing was magnificent! A truly splendid story if you want to be drawn in and read a book that will not let you go! I will be back for more by Christina McDonald! PS. I LOVED THE COVER!!
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
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 leads 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 time lines, 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A+very+good++book.+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 shinning stars!!!!! A gripping and emotional story told from two alternating perspectives: Abi’s narrative is told in a present day, after the accident (or not an accident??) in which her daughter Olivia falls from a bridge and becomes brain dead. Abi not only has to face the horrible news of her daughter’s accident but she also finds out that Olivia is pregnant!! Now, Abi faces two questions that she desperately wants answers to: who is the father of the unborn child and what really happened to Olivia? Olivia’s narrative is told in the few months leading up to her fall from a bridge. We learn about Olivia’s troubles in love, in her relationships with her friends, and in a relationship with her mom. We learn how Olivia finds herself in a very difficult situation and how she decides to deal with everything she learns during her search for her real father. This book was very emotional for me! As a single mom raising a young daughter I felt Abi’s frustration, anger, sadness, and agony of dealing with her daughter’s horrifying situation. I wanted the same answers that Abi wanted. I understood her will to find out what really happened, and not giving up even though there were so many things playing against her. I loved everything about this book, starting with a beautiful cover!!! I was emotionally invested in the story from the start. I mean, the beginning of the book got me already crying ugly, and I am not going to even mentioned my state at the end of the book (**sigh and sniff**)! I loved both Abi and Olivia with all their little quirks and imperfections. The author did a great job in pulling me into the story with the beautiful writing and the shifting suspense. There were times where I was suspecting almost everyone in Oliva’s life of having something to do with her fall, and up to the end I was changing my mind about who could be the culprit of Olivia’s tragedy. I would love to read other books from this author, and I hope to see a new book from her very soon!
ColoradoGirl71 More than 1 year ago
5+ stunning stars to this debut novel from Christina McDonald I was hooked from the opening of the book where Abi gets the news that no parent wants to hear about their child. There's been an accident and her daughter Olivia has fallen from a bridge. The story then is told expertly from Abi's point of view (mostly present-day) and alternates with Olivia's narrative from a few months earlier. There is a police investigation and Abi doesn't think it was an accident. There is a serious twist as Olivia is pregnant and her mother didn't know. The story builds in tension up to the point where we discover the truth about what happened to Olivia. Abi hasn't had the easiest childhood and she's been restrictive and protective with Olivia, but it is obvious that Abi loves her daughter very much. As a parent, it was interesting to reflect on this dynamic. Can we protect our children too much? It also made me wonder about how well we know our children. The teenage years are difficult ones for both sides. This is a great book that explores that dynamic and how difficult parenting is for all of us, but especially single parents. This book does a great job of exploring relationships and those seemed very authentic to me in this book. There are some great characters, Abi's sister seemed so well developed. The author did a great job in making these characters come to life for me when I read this book. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy thrillers and family-relationship stories. It was an absorbing book that I read in a day and a half whenever I could squeeze in some reading time.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Enjoy this very much
Anonymous 18 days ago
As heartbreaking as though the author had lived every word
Anonymous 25 days ago
I was a bit unsure -- only five reviews and all 5-star. But I bought it anyway and am glad I did. The author write an excellent story in a completely believable way. Very well done, I was sorry when it ended.
Anonymous 26 days ago
read it in 3 days. absolutely wonderful.
MamaHendo 9 months ago
They say everyone in the world has a twin and if that's true then Olivia has just met hers. On a school trip she meets Kendall a girl that looks so much like her they could be sisters. Not knowing who her father is, this chance encounter leaves Olivia feeling unsettled. What she didn't know yet was that this meeting would set in motion a series of events that would leave her at the bottom of a bridge fighting for her life in a few months. The night Olivia fell, her mother Abi rushed to the hospital filled with questions. What happened to Olivia? What caused the bruising around her wrists? Why are the police insisting this was an accident? Determined to get justice for her daughter, Abi must take on the investigation herself, something that will push her to her breaking point. The story told in two time jumps from Olivia and Abi's perspective weave together the truth about what actually happened on that October night on the ZigZag Bridge. "The Night Olivia Fell" was just okay for me. It reads more like a YA book and was a bit too predictable. I've read some pretty great mysteries lately and sadly this one just didn't measure up.
connieb27 10 months ago
I received a net galley of The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald, in exchange for an honest review. In this suspense novel Abi Knight is awoken with news that her daughter Olivia has fell off a bridge. There is no hope for Olivia but to her mothers surprise there is for her unborn child. Abi, once a woman who was meek; will know go to the ends of the earth to uncover what exactly happened on that fateful night. The book is full of characters who could of caused harm to Olivia. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.
Renwarsreads 11 months ago
This book was so good! It not only had the mystery of how Olivia fell but it also dealt with a mothers grief, the mother daughter relationship, and so much more. While Abi is desperately trying to find out what happened the Night Olivia Fell she is dealing with grief, loneliness and memories of her life before and with her daughter. It's a story about love, forgiveness, and moving on when you truly don't want to!
LEH0644 11 months ago
Abi Knight is a single mother whose life revolves around her daughter Olivia. She receives a call no mother wants. Her daughter’s body was found on a riverbank. She is alive but basically brain dead and she is pregnant. As the hospital keeps Olivia on life support until the baby can be delivered, Abi is determined to find out what happened the night Olivia fell from the bridge. She had bruises on her wrists like someone had held her. It was no accident and Abi will prove otherwise. Thanks to Goodreads for an ARC of this book. I loved the book!
margaretreads More than 1 year ago
I overall enjoyed reading this book, however, at times I felt like I was reading a a young adult book. The writing was often repetitive with descriptions and the dynamics of the parenting style reiterated to the point of “here we go again”. The transparency of the plot was early in the book, but was told in alternating points of view to keep me reading. The issues of teenage pregnancy, single parenting, and abortion make this book perfect for a Lifetime Movie. This book straddles the genre between young adult and general fiction to be a hit for readers.
Danimae1981 More than 1 year ago
The Night Olivia Fell is a complicated tale of suspense, lies, love and sadness. The book starts with Olivia’s fall from a bridge nearby her home. Her mother, Abi, receives the call that is every parent’s worst nightmare, and she can’t seem to get any answers on how or why this happened to her daughter. To top it off, Abi also finds out that Olivia is pregnant, and though braindead, must remain on life support to save the life of the baby. From there, the book alternates between Abi’s quest to find the truth and the events that led up to the fall, starting months earlier. Over the course of the story, we meet many characters that are connected to Olivia and each other. Though I was able to predict some of the surprises along the way, the book kept me guessing as to what really happened on the bridge that night. Many times I thought I had it all figured out, only to consider more theories as the story continued. I am not much of a crier, but I think it says a lot about this book that the tears were falling by the end of it. I will admit that I wasn’t much of a fan of Abi at the beginning of the book - she was controlling and seemed weak. But over time I grew to like her more, both from a better understanding of her intentions and the growth of the character over the course of the story. I received a free ARC copy of this book from Netgalley, but my review is voluntary and reflects my true feelings about the book.
EvaSeyler More than 1 year ago
I borrowed the audiobook from my library and this was SUCH a well-crafted story. It kept me guessing and second-guessing until the very end, and even though I knew from the start (to some extent) how the story is going to end, HAS to end, I was NOT prepared for the emotional wallop it gave me. I do not cry easily over books, but this made me ugly cry. I think one of the things I liked most about the story was the strong character development. Olivia and her mother are flawed, but their growth throughout the book is so believable and you really sympathise with them. I recommend it highly.
Coug77 More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! I just finished reading The Night Olivia Fell. It was a fantastic debut novel by Christina McDonald. The characters are vividly brought to life as individuals with their hopes, pain, flaws, and insecurities. I can’t wait until Christina McDonald’s newest novel comes out!
Neat-a More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alert- Lol. I cried. Powerful book. Couldn't put it down. Now that's an endingI I cannot wait for her next book in 2020.
TheBookishHooker More than 1 year ago
On a school trip to visit a local university, Olivia Knight sees a student who could be her twin. After questioning her mother, Olivia begins to suspect there are secrets hidden deep in her past. When her mother, Abi, receives the phone call all mothers fear, Abi must fight to find out what happened to her daughter, even if it means facing past demons. While I would consider this a mystery/suspense read, much of the book focuses on Abi’s relationship with her daughter and those around her. As a mom, I was really pulled into her emotions and the challenges she faced in coming to terms with her daughter’s injuries. I could definitely feel the urgency to find the person responsible for Olivia’s fall. The emotional pull was why I loved this book. I did only give it 4 stars because I felt the pacing lagged at times. Overall, a very strong read. A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy given in exchange for an honest review.
whatthebook More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced reader copy of The Night Olivia Fell from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion. The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald is a story about love, loss, and a mother's search for answers. Abi became a mother at a young age. Since Olivia's father has never been a part of her life, Abi and Olivia are very close. However being a teenager, Olivia's starting to questions Abi's rules. Very early one morning, Abi gets the news that Olivia has been severely injured in a fall from a bridge, is on life support, and is pregnant. It is against Washington state laws to remove a pregnant woman from life support. While Abi is grappling with her grief, she's also trying to piece together Olivia's last night. Why have the police deemed Olivia's fall an accident if she had bruises around her wrists? Who would want to hurt Olivia? Why was Olivia on that bridge? This was a really great read filled with twists that have you questioning all the characters. Even though the ending was bittersweet, the epilogue was my favorite part- all the loose ends were tied up nicely.