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The Night Olivia Fell

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  20,708 ratings  ·  3,080 reviews
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 daughte
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Huh?! Did I read the same book as everyone else?

I am not going to go into great detail critiquing what didn’t work for me, but I will say I couldn’t look past the following: predictable plot, stilted dialogue, cliched characters, juvenile writing, and plot holes abound. I grew sick of constantly being told what happened vs. being able to see what happened.

I bumped up my rating for the ending--the emotion shined through and felt more natural than the rest of the book.

I think I am the onl
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars!

" The Night Olivia Fell " had an intense beginning that pulled me right in. I had to keep reading. I HAD to find out what happened...

Abi Knight is a devoted single mother to teenage daughter, Olivia. Abi and her daughter have a great relationship. One word Abi would give to describe Olivia is…sensible. Olivia does well in school, she doesn’t drink or party, and she does what she’s asked. But Abi admits that late
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 “Trust Me, you absolutely cannot miss reading this book” stars to The Night Olivia Fell! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I read The Night Olivia Fell with a group of blogger friends, and we unanimously loved it! An emotional read perfect for groups, The Night Olivia Fell is definitely a book you will to discuss with friends!

My Thoughts:

The Night Olivia Fells opens with a scene of which no one wants to relate. Abi Knight receives a phone call that her teen daughter has been in a tragic accident and is in the h
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 BIG Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

wOWZA! This book took me on quite the emotional journey! As a mother I couldn’t help but completely empathize with Abi(The mother in this story)... I cried with her... I raged with her... I hoped with her... my mama bear was out throughout this book, I needed answers and I needed them now! Imagining my own daughter in the hospital bed brain-dead and pregnant, quite honestly made me a little sick and stressed... this is a credit to the beautiful and engrossing writing i
Happy Publication date to this beauty!!!

I can wholeheartedly (even though half my heart is gone after reading this)... say that The Night Olivia Fell deserves 5 shining stars. This has a spot on my shining bookshelf for life!!! <3 <3 <3 <3.

OH my goodness... where do I even start with this? Firstly, I don't think I have EVER read a debut like this. The amount of talent that Christina McDonald has is mind-blowing. I truly was blown out of the water with how beautiful, poetic, and dark this novel
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm between 3-3.5 STARS on this one.

The Night Olivia Fell was another highly anticipated mystery on my list of 2019 releases. Come on, look at that chilling cover! I've found myself becoming more drawn to these lighter dramas that feature mother-daughter relationships; while my children are generally younger than the girls portrayed in these types of stories, I still find myself daydreaming about what life will be like when I, in fact, have teenage daughters myself. This book features one of tho
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
*stepping gingerly to avoid all of the plot holes*

Alright...on with my review...

This is the part where I would normally enter a profound quote from the book, however, as hard as I tried, I could find nothing quotable within this unimpressive prose.

I often find myself in disagreement with the masses when it comes to hyped-up books such as this. But in this case I am COMPLETELY DUMBFOUNDED by the plethora of 5 and 4 star reviews.

The first 100 pages or so caught my attention but then I couldn't
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Gripping and Suspenseful Stars for The Night Olivia Fell

Abi Knight got the middle of the night phone call no parent wants to receive - "This is Portage Point Hospital. It's about your daughter, Olivia. I'm afraid there's been an accident."

Abi rushes to the hospital to be faced with terrible news. Olivia was found at the bottom of an embankment near ZigZag bridge. She sustained severe head trauma and permanent and irreversible brain damage. Her little girl was gone. Could there be anything wor
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rolled over and peered at my alarm clock. The red lights blinked 4:48 a.m. Nobody called at this time of night with good news.


 ”Hello, is this Abagail Knight?” The voice —a man’s—was low and tight, coiled like a viper about to strike.


 ”This is Portage Point Hospital. It’s about your daughter, Olivia. I’m afraid there’s been an accident.”

And so the mystery and intrigue begins ... A mother’s worst nightmare becomes her reality and she sets out for the hard fought truth.

The Call that every parent dreads...

Abi Knight receives a life changing phone call in the middle of the night informing her that her daughter, Olivia has fallen off a bridge. After Abi rushes to the hospital, she receives the gut-wrenching news that Olivia is brain dead and pregnant and must remain on life support to keep the baby alive. Shocked, saddened, gutted, Abi notices bruises on Olivia's wrists. Where did they come from? When did she get them? What happened to her daughter?

Olivia's fall
Affecting, highly irresistible & intensely entertaining!

THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL by CHRISTINA MCDONALD was an absolutely fabulous novel that I completely devoured and was totally invested in. It was such a moving, suspenseful, enjoyable, and heartfelt tale that immediately evoked emotion and totally grabbed my attention. It opens up with a nightmarish scene that definitely pulled at my heartstrings and had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anguish and despair for Abi and her love for Olivia as w
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am speechless...The Night Olivia Fell blew me away. I can't even remember the last time a book had this emotional pull on me. This book was not even on my radar until my reading group The Traveling Sisters organized a group read for it. I am so glad I joined in and read this with them.

When I read the description of this book, I said no I can't read this. I am an ER nurse and I see so much heartache that I try not to read about it on my time off too. I just want to put this out there in case yo
Holly  B
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and suspenseful

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). Olivi
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald is a 2019 Gallery Books publication.

Engrossing and emotional mystery-

When Abigail Knight learns that her seventeen- year- old daughter, Olivia, is lying in a coma after a fall, her life turns on a dime. Noticing some marks on Olivia's body which suggests the possibility of foul play, Abi works tirelessly to discover what really happened to her daughter. Yet, she is met with one brick wall after another and resistance from law enforcement when she push
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 A
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So you’re a big fan of domestic thrillers? Don’t miss out on this one!

That phone call that comes in the dead of the night. Nearly always a bad omen. Just the kind guaranteed to deliver bad news, completely rattling your world to the core. So remember…once you answer, nothing in your life will ever be the same.

Welcome to Abi’s life.
4:48 am... the phone rings “Hello, is this Abigail Night?”

And so the nightmare begins...

Abi is a single mom. Maybe just a bit of a helicopter parent with her teenage
Larry H
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

The Night Olivia Fell surprised me. So often when I read thrillers there certainly are twists and turns to contend with, but it's rare that I find one that touches me emotionally as well. This one did, which made it richer than a simple thriller.

No one wants the phone to ring in the middle of the night. But Abi Knight is roused from sleep and receives the call no mother wants to hear—her teenage daughter, Olivia, has fallen from a bridge. When Abi arrives at the hospital she learns
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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To view the Q & A you can find the group here

Suspenseful and twisty that kept us guessing, so heart-wrenching it left us in tears, a mother’s love and the lengths she will go to protect her child shone through and left us reflecting on our own need to protect our children. Family secrets and the search for the truth l
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4.5, what an emotional roller coaster stars!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

Whether you’re a parent or not, everyone knows what a parents worst nightmare is. When Abi receives a call at 4:48 AM she knows that no good calls come at that hour. As she wakes from her sleep addled mind, from the safety of her dreams and a world in which her daughter is alive and thriving – she wakes to those nightmares realized. Her beautiful, vibrant teenage daughter Olivia is in the hospital. A ter
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes when things are falling apart, the jagged pieces drift together and fuse into a newer, unexpected version of life.

Christina McDonald has taken those broken pieces of a family's tragedy and created quite the telling. This one is heavily imbued with real, believable characters who find themselves leaning into the wind of unbearable loss. McDonald, adeptly, makes us turn our own heads and question what our reactions would be if we faced similar circumstances.

The dreaded phone calls almos
Abi Knight has to live a mother's worst nightmare. Her 16 year old daughter Olivia fell from a bridge after being assaulted and is now braindead. Olivia is also pregnant, something Abi hadn't known until Olivia's doctor informed her at the hospital. Her daughter will now be kept on life support until the baby dies or can be delivered. Abi puts all her energy and effort into discovering who was with Olivia that fateful night.

For a girl who didn't have any enemies, Abi thought, it turns out there
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Heart-wrenching, emotional, beautiful, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and uplifting—this is a book that is filled with love in many forms, and that I won’t soon forget! When I read a book and I start to fall for the characters, I know that it will quickly become a favorite of mine. This book made me think about the impact of a single moment in time, and the ripple effect on the lives of those surrounding a young woman. It made me think about the chain of events that lead up to and away from a t ...more
Susanne  Strong
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
2 Extremely Disappointing Stars.

Here I am on an island, pretty much all alone. Let’s just say it out loud, “The Night Olivia Fell” didn’t work for me.

I started the audiobook with the highest of hopes having read all of my friends stellar reviews, eager to dig in. Then I heard “the voice.” The voice of “Abi.” She was robotic, perfunctory and just plain awful. Yet I kept going. Even though I didn’t feel anything while reading the book and no emotions were pulled out of me, I thought, it will get
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Stars!

It reminded me that the first hour of every new day starts with darkness - and then the sunshine comes

Abi Knight wakes up during the night to a phone call that something has happened to her daughter. Olivia is at the hospital. Abi rushes there and finds out her daughter is brain dead and also pregnant. Abi notices some fowl play and it determined to find out what happened. The police seem to think her fall was just an accident and try to silence the case. However, Abi needs to find o
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars!

One of my worst nightmares. Being woken in the night by a phone call that my child has been in an accident and is in the hospital. This is what happens to Abi Knight. After mysteriously falling off a bridge, her teenage daughter, Olivia, is on life-support with brain damage and no chance of recovery. Upon absorbing the shock of this devastating news, Abi discovers that Olivia is pregnant and must stay on life-support to keep the baby alive.

This story pulled me in right away. I had coun
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Kendall personally, rare 5 star
4 stars

I would call this one a domestic drama or domestic mystery novel with a healthy dose of YA. Though not categorized in either of of my top two genres, I requested it from Net Galley based on all the great reviews. It was the right move.

The Night Olivia Fell is an impressive debut adult novel by author Christina McDonald. Olivia has died (not a spoiler—it’s in the blurb). Was it an accident as the police quickly rule or was there something more sinister at play? It’s up to Abi, Olivia’s pro
Elyse  Walters
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What do you do when you know something and nobody will listen? When you need answers and nobody will provide them? When you can’t trust anybody to help you?”

A rage was surging through Abi’s body. Her daughter Olivia was brain dead - and pregnant.
Abi doesn’t believe it was an accident that Olivia fell from the bridge - but getting the detectives - Samson and McNally to listen to what she has to say - take her seriously- is like pulling teeth. Whether they help her or not - Abi is going to find
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An entertaining and suspensful read that kept me turning the pages but not one for my favourites list.

Read more like a YA novel, The night Olivia Fell is partly narrated by Olivia, a teenager, and the mystery surrounding her fall while the other half is narrated by her mom Abi.
The story is suspensful and every parent's worst nightmare, when mother Abi Knight is startled awake in the middle of the night to a ringing phone and devasting news, her teenage daughter Olivia have been in a terrible ac

October - 4:48 AM

Abi is woken up by the kind of phone call that changes your life. Her only daughter Olivia has “fallen” off of the ZigZag Bridge.

Excerpt: “ October drizzle coated the car, a handful of brown leaves covered then windshield. The acidic feeling in my stomach clawed its way up toward my throat as I wrenched the car door open and threw myself inside. For once my old beater car started without hesitation, as if it too knew we had to hurry.”

Arriving at the hospital Abi learns that
j e w e l s
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled

This is an emotional story told from two perspectives: Abi, the mom and Olivia, her teenage daughter. Right from the beginning, the book jolts you awake with Abi receiving a phone call in the middle of the night. Of course, it is not good. Her daughter, Olivia, has been rushed to a hospital after having fallen from a bridge. Whaaat happened? Now, Olivia is in a coma and can't answer the millions of questions Abi has for her.

There is some suspense building and a bit of a twist during t
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Christina McDonald is the USA Today bestselling author of Do No Harm, Behind Every Lie and The Night Olivia Fell, which has been optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she now lives in London, England, with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Tango.

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