# BookReview: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald @Christinamac79 @carlywatters @GalleryBooks #6bookbesties

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My Review:


Emotional, suspenseful, and hard to put down!

I am so thrilled to have found this author, Christina McDonald. I found her writing to have such an addictive quality. She has created some memorable characters that brought depth and raw emotion to the story. It was both heart-breaking and tender.

Abi is a single mom who puts her teenage daughter Olivia first, above all other priorities. She has spent her life protecting Olivia, but she wasn’t there the night Olivia fell from a bridge (and she is a helicopter mom).  Olivia is now on life-support, she is pregnant, and she has bruises.  Abi has a mother’s intuition and isn’t buying the police report that the fall was ” an accident“. Why aren’t the police investigating? She is committed to do whatever it takes to learn the truth.

The story flows nicely with cleverly placed hints to how the mystery ultimately unfolds. I was totally invested and wanted to know how it would end. I changed my mind several times about “what really happened” and ohhhh that ending! I can’t say anything else!

A loving mom searching for answers, a toxic relationship, and a search for truth make this one an emotional page-turner! 5 STARS

Highly recommend and Book Bestie Approved!     25983654



Book Description:


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?

Publishes in January 2019

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  1. You come up with some of the most interesting books. This is one that I had not heard of, but your review is wonderful and has me wanting to read this one. I love a mystery with family relationships involved.

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  2. Great review, Holly. I like the sound of this one and the mixture of mystery and also themes of family that made the book an emotional read. You have definitely convinced me to give this one a try.

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