Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald @GalleryBooks @christinamac79 #bookbestieapproved @carlywatters


This is a stunning, beautifully written debut by a talented author, Christina McDonald. I read this one with my @6bookbesties and we all had rave reviews.

One night, Olivia is found unconscious after having fallen off a bridge. She is brain dead and pregnant and her mother, Abi, tries to understand what happened that night through her devastation. Told in alternating perspectives, we have flashbacks from Olivia (which are stylistically different and very accurately portrayed) and chapters from Abi who is on a mission to discover the truth.

As a thriller, this one is full of subtle red herrings which will steer you in a hundred different directions. I had my eye on a certain culprit the entire time (I was wrong!) but truly suspected every character at one point or another.

As a mother, I could so relate to the feelings of worry and protectiveness, and my heart broke for the character of Abi. The extreme emotional pain she was experiencing throughout this story was very evident in the writing and even brought a few members of our group to tears. To imagine what Abi was feeling, all the while trying to figure out what happened to her poor daughter – it was an experience in empathy to the max.

This is an intricately woven story, full of love and heartache. Highly recommend.

A huge thank you to Christina McDonald, Gallery Books, and Carly Watters who provided us with an early copy. This book will be available early 2019.

You can check out my besties’ reviews here:

Mackenzie’s review

Kendall’s review

Berit’s review

Holly’s review

Jennifer’s review


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?


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  2. jennifertarheelreader · 27 Days Ago

    Lovely review, Melisa! I love how you weren’t able to figure this one out because you are right most of the time! You described the emotion and characterization perfectly. I loved reading and discussing this with you! ♥️

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  3. Holly B / Dressedtoread · 27 Days Ago

    Excellent review Melisa! So glad we found this wonderful author.

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  5. L Lostinacoulee · 27 Days Ago

    Terrific review!! Can’t wait to read this!!

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  6. Pingback: 5 BIG Stars🌟 The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald @Christinamac79 @carlywaters @GalleryBooks #BookReview #BookBestieApproved – Audio Killed the Bookmark
  7. Fabulous review! I really enjoyed reading this with you!💛

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  8. carhicks · 26 Days Ago

    I have read several of the reviews you ladies posted. Yours is wonderful and I am looking forward to reading this one (I hope I get approved on Netgalley). This is an author I had never heard of before.

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    • thebookcollectiveblog · 25 Days Ago

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the reviews! This is a debut author, but you’d honestly never know it from the polished writing. Keeping my fingers crossed your Netgalley request is approved!🤞

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