ARC Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

cover145458-mediumTITLE: The Night Olivia Fell

AUTHOR: Christina McDonald

PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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? Line-break-small-02

my review

I was drawn to this because of the gorgeous cover and the fact that NetGalley compares it to Reconstructing Amelia, which I enjoyed.

I was drawn into the story really quickly. It’s very apparent early on that Abi loves her daughter more than anything. As a lot of you know, strong familial story lines are some of my favorite types of stories.

I liked Olivia. She was a very typical teenager, but you could tell she was a good person. By the end of the story I was completely heartbroken by her situation and wished things could have turned out differently. She wanted to be there for her daughter but wasn’t given the chance.

I didn’t super love the big reveal of who murdered Olivia, (nor was I very surprised) but I did feel like it was really realistic and I applaud that. Often times thriller novels like this try to make their books shocking, but also tends to make them unbelievable. I’m glad this was different.

I liked Derek a lot. I’m not super into romance, but I did really like his and Olivia’s. They were sweet together and I wished they had had more time.

By the end of the book I was SOBBING because of how sad it was to read Abi having to say goodbye to her daughter. I finished this at 2am and had to muffle my sobs to keep from waking people up. I know I enjoyed a book if it can illicit that type of reaction from me.

I definitely recommend this book to people who enjoyed Reconstructing Amelia, and people who like thrillers!


4 star


Do you enjoy it when a book makes you sob? Does it happen often? I’d love to hear below!!! Line-break-small-02152991932849243491


One thought on “ARC Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

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