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The Night Olivia Fell

Narrated by: Kelly Burke, Laurel Lefkow
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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 heart-wrenching 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?

©2019 Christina McDonald (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Unfulfilled potential

The plot synopsis was intriguing, but the author just didn't make it work. Totally predictable, not one sympathetic character (everyone is either lying or keeping secrets). And the narrators do not help, especially the reader for Abi. Pass on this one.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 03-23-19

Very Well Written, Story Sucks You In

The Night Olivia Fell was a very pleasant surprise. The book itself is about a depressing issue, but the reader has natural empathy for the characters and we are sucked in from beginning to end.

A young girl has mysteriously fallen and she's brain dead. However, when mom arrives to the hospital in a panic to see if her daughter's alright, she finds out that the tragic fall is only part of the shock. The other shocking news is, she's pregnant. The doctors explain that they have to keep her daughter on life support until the baby is ready to be born.

While her daughter lays as a human incubator, her mother believes that her 'accident' was no accident at all. Frustrating with the way the police are handling it, Mom decides to play detective to see what happened on the night her daughter fell, and what lead up to it.

I was hooked from beginning to end. The story has an excellent flow and it's beautifully narrated.

Four solid stars

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interesting story line

I liked this book from the start. Suspenseful, interesting characters and the back & forth chapters worked.

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Eh, okay

Decent story but horrible narration. The narrator did okay with the primary character but unless you like over enunciation and robot voices, you'll be dissatisfied with the rest. This why I much prefer actor-narrated books.

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Excellent read!

I don’t give 5 star reviews. Ever. There’s no such thing as a perfect book, but this one delivers on so many levels. The characters are likable and well-developed, and the story is absolutely heart wrenching. I loved it from start to finish, and the ending left me in tears. it’s not a classic thriller or mystery, although it has those elements. It reminded me of Mindy Mejia’s “Everything You Want Me to Be,” which is also an excellent book. Like Mejia, Christina McDonald is a skillful writer and story teller. So much so that figuring out “who done it” takes a back seat to the richness of the characters’ lives and stories. I highly recommend this book.

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AMAZING BOOK

This story was great!! A thriller, and a love story!!! It was great. I never write reviews, but this one is worth the credit or money you would spend on it. Soooo good and the narration was spot on!!!!!

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couldn't put it down!

loved this book! It sucks you in and keeps your interest until the very end!

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A long, less dramatic episode of SVU...

The narrators did absolutely nothing for the story, unfortunately making it something to bear just to finish. I found myself debating on whether to just buy the actual book and read it with my own character voices.

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Loved it!

Such a heartbreaking story full of love and deceit. I could relate to both main characters. I couldn’t wait to see what happened. Such a powerful story with a touching ending.

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loved, loved, loved

Excellent story, read perfectly! I highly recommend! Love, mystery, tears, and hope! A great story that I immensely enjoyed!