“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 lately, Olivia has been different, very moody and distracted.
Then one night the phone rings and Abi is suddenly living her worst nightmare.
“This is Portage Point hospital. It’s about your daughter, Olivia. I’m afraid there’s been an accident”.
Abi drives to the hospital …hoping and praying that Olivia will be alright. “Please, please be okay.” But then she sees the pity in the doctor’s eyes. He explains that Olivia has permanent and irreversible brain damage. Life support is keeping her body alive. Abi tells the doctor that Olivia spoke about donating her organs. But the doctor tells Abi that they can’t turn off life support due to Olivia’s condition. Abi is confused…what condition?
We then hear from Olivia. We learn about her life and the time leading up to the night she fell. Olivia had been feeling like her mother was controlling her life. She also felt like her mother was keeping things from her.
On a school visit to the University of Washington, Olivia sees someone who stops her in her tracks….
And she knows instantly that her life will never be the same
Abi had only wanted the best for her daughter. It appears Olivia had a life her mother knew nothing about. But what was Olivia doing up on that bridge in the middle of the night? Was it an accident or was it something else entirely?
“Whether you help me or not, I’m going to find out what happened to my daughter.”
Abi wants to prove to the police that it wasn’t an accident. But how will she do that? And could she be putting herself in danger by trying to find out exactly what happened?
This story is told from both Olivia and Abi’s point of view which I really liked. The relationship between mother and daughter was moving and believable. As a single mother with a daughter close in age to Olivia, I could relate to some of the things they were dealing with. I thought all of the characters were very well-developed. The book was engaging and easy to follow, and I read it in just a couple of sittings.
“The Night Olivia Fell” was a well written and addictive domestic suspense novel. I’m excited to read more from Christina McDonald.
I’d like to thank Gallery Books for a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.