Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Title: The Night Olivia Fell
Author: Christina McDonald
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Paperback, 368 Pages
Published February 2019

Summary: 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?

I originally received this book as part of the March Scribbler box, and when I first opened it, I wasn't sure what to think because I was never a fan of adult books (as you clearly know, I am a big YA fan here, LOL!), so I wasn't sure if I would have a tough time falling into the story or anything. However, that was absolutely not the case with this book -- I practically flew through it and couldn't put it down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. So without further ado, let's get into this review!

As the summary explains, Abi Knight is horrified when she finds out that her daughter Olivia fell off the town bridge. Even worse? She's in a coma and almost definitely will never wake up. Even more intense? She's pregnant, and nobody knew about it. The worst part of all? The bruises on her wrists make it clear that this was so accident. So Abi sets out to find her daughter's attacker as the clock slowly counts down to the inevitable moment that Olivia's baby is born and she will be taken off life support for good. Can she possibly figure it out in so little time?

I absolutely adored this book and couldn't put it down. I sped through it because Christina McDonald was such an excellent writer when it came to creating a thrilling, mysterious story that made you fear every turn of the page while also tugging at your heartstrings. The fact that there were chapters that we saw in Olivia's POV that gave us info Abi didn't have yet also added a lot more stress to the situation. I seriously can't say enough good things about this book because it was definitely the best psychological thriller I've read in a very, very long time!

(Spoilers here -- skip to the next paragraph to avoid them!) Something that I really loved about this book was the way that everything panned out in the end. I was really impressed with the way that Christina McDonald put so many false leads into the story, first making me think it was Derek that pushed Olivia, then Gavin, then maybe even Kendall or Madison. There really wasn't any point that I suspected the real killer until they were actually revealed -- but then, once I went back and looked at all the clues, everything made sense. The ending scene where Abi is letting go of Olivia really touched me, too, and I'll admit that I started to tear up a little bit because it was so sad and emotional. This book definitely makes you cry just as often as it makes you gasp!

Overall, I absolutely loved The Night Olivia Fell, and if you're reading this review, I strongly encourage you to add this to your TBR immediately. I promise you that you won't be able to put this book down -- you'll read it so quickly because you'll always want to know what's going to happen next. If you're looking for an intense, gripping, thrilling mystery that has you on the edge of your seat, then The Night Olivia Fell is definitely the book for you. I'm super grateful to Scribbler for sharing this book with me, because now I have a positive experience with reading outside of my preferred age-group that I didn't have before, so it makes the adult genre seem less daunting and intense for me! 

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