More books from February 5th!
Thanks to Gallery Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL – Christina McDonald (out now!)
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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Another thriller/suspense novel that has my attention immediately from the prologue! THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL by Christina McDonald is about a mother and daughter, Abigail (Abi) and Olivia. Abi receives a phone call that every parent never wants to get – the hospital informing her that her daughter had had an accident. She fell off the ZigZag Bridge in town and sustained extensive and irreversible brain damage.
We go back and forth between Abi’s perspective (present) and Olivia’s perspective (the months leading up to the night she fell). This was more of a suspense novel than a thriller and it definitely kept me guessing throughout! Who can Abi trust? What really happened to Olivia? Who was responsible for Olivia’s fall? I went back and forth a couple of times but when the reveal came I was happy with that outcome.
This is more than just a whodunit type suspense. This dives into the complicated relationship that exists between a single mother and her daughter. Olivia begins asking questions that Abi is not prepared to face head-on just yet and so begins the unraveling of their dynamic. I think McDonald did a great job fleshing out the characters for us to where they felt authentic. I also think that she wove the timelines together effortlessly to where you didn’t feel lost or like you were missing any kind of information as the story began to build.
I really enjoyed the epilogue at the end because it answered a couple of questions I would have had if the story just ended. If you’re looking for a solid suspense building story and digging up long buried secrets, then this is the one for you! Just be warned, it’s an emotional one! I’ll definitely be picking up more from McDonald after this one.