The Night Olivia Fell

The Night Olivia Fell

*USA Today Bestseller
*Barnes & Noble Bestseller
*Best books of 2019 by PopSugar, SheReads, Parade
*Suspense Magazine Best Book of 2019
*Best in month pick by Marie Claire, BookBub, Goodreads, Crime Reads
*Booklist Starred Review

They said it was an accident

In the small hours of the morning, Abi is startled awake by a phone call and learns that 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 bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

Her mother knows they’re lying.

When the police rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

A domestic suspense novel set around Puget Sound’s coast in Washington State, The Night Olivia Fell asks how well we ever really know our children, weaving together a story of family secrets and devastating lies.

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Praise for The Night Olivia Fell

“If you like your gripping mysteries to keep you guessing till the very end, then look no further.” Heat Magazine


“Twists and turns galore in this clever tale.” The Sun


“A haunting mystery that builds intrigue and emotion effortlessly.” Woman Magazine


“Buckle up your seat belts for this emotional rollercoaster of a novel.” Red Magazine


*”McDonald ratchets up the suspense with every chapter, including plenty of gasp-worthy twists and turns as Abi and Olivia’s story pushes towards its devastating conclusion. The suspense is supplemented by relationships of surprising depth and tenderness, providing balance and nuance to the story. A worthy debut from an up-and-coming domestic-suspense author; readers who enjoy mother-daughter stories in the genre should line up for this one.” Booklist, Starred Review


“[A] complex, emotionally intense first novel…Fans of twisty domestic suspense novels will be rewarded.” Publishers Weekly


“Even though what will happen is known early on, this book is a tearjerker, so have tissues at hand. A well-structured story of how lying corrupts from the start that will keep pages turning.” Library Journal


“If you’re already putting together your 2019 TBR list of must-read thrillers, you’re probably going to want to add The Night Olivia Fell to it ASAP.”Bustle Magazine


“A stunning thriller that instantly grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go until the final poignant sentence. McDonald artfully brings to the page the emotionally fraught, complex relationship between mother and daughter in this atmospheric, absorbing page-turner. The Night Olivia Fell cracked my heart into a million pieces and then slowly pieced it back together again.” –Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author.


“In Christina McDonald’s The Night Olivia Fell, Abi gets the call every mother fears: her daughter has fallen from a bridge and is brain dead…but was it an accident or a crime? McDonald reveals the answer in steady, page-turning increments, a gradual unfolding of truths and long-held secrets that culminates in a heart-wrenching resolution. A suspenseful debut that packs an emotional punch.” –Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author.


“Christina McDonald has crafted an emotionally-charged mystery that will leave readers equally gut-wrenched and gripped. The Night Olivia Fell welcomes a talented new addition to the world of domestic suspense.” –Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and When The Lights Go Out.


“Christina McDonald’s The Night Olivia Fell takes a mother’s worst nightmare to a whole new level. This is an intense, twisting, heartbreaking thriller that explores in painful detail the consequences of family secrets. The reader will be riveted until the final page…and may even feel a bit of hope when all is said and done. Don’t miss this one!” –David Bell, bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter.


“I was absolutely hooked, it was such an emotional read that I was broken by the end. Heartbreaking and thrilling at the same time.” –Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You.


“Beautifully written and moving with characters I felt I knew, The Night Olivia Fell is a stunning debut that kept me guessing right until the final, heartbreaking twist.” -Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Sisters, Local Girl Missing and Last Seen.


“The Night Olivia Fell is so much more than the typical suspense story. While it has all the paramount trademarks, including secrets, lies, and formidable tension, it is in a league of its own with its intensely relatable characterization and raw emotion.” –Jennifer TarHeel Reader Book Blog. Read more


“Heart-wrenching, emotional, beautiful, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and uplifting—this is a book that is filled with love in many forms. It made me think about the chain of events that lead up to and away from a tragedy, and how we go about getting answers and finding a way to move forward when the worst happens. It is a story about the love of a mother, and the unrelenting pursuit of justice for her daughter.” –Mackenzie, PhDiva Book Blog. Read more


“This is a book that left me with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart! I absolutely recommend for anyone who enjoys a beautiful story about the love between mothers and daughters with a huge dose of suspense thrown in.” –Berit, AudioKilledtheBookmark Book BlogRead more


“Emotional, suspenseful, and hard to put down! An emotional page-turner!” –Holly B, DressedToRead Book Blog. Read more


“A stunning, beautifully written debut by a talented author. An experience in empathy to the max.” Melisa, TheBookCollective Book BlogRead more


“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!” –Kendall, Book Blogger and Top Goodreads Reviewer. Read more


“Heartbreaking and heart mending.” –Crystal Brown, Goodreads Reviewer


“Beautiful, emotional, heart-wrenching, and filled with love.” –Mackenzie – Traveling Sister, Goodreads Reviewer


“Not only kept the pages turning but really made me feel something for the characters.” –Rebekah, Goodreads Reviewer


“Captivating from the very first page.” –Susan Peterson, Goodreads Reviewer


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Interviews & Articles

Red Carpet Crash – Author ‘Christina McDonald’ Talks Her Great Debut Novel The Night Olivia Fell

KEWM-FM’s Sunday Morning Magazine, Inspirational Women – Author Christina McDonald talks about The Night Olivia Fell

Crime Thriller Girl – Christina McDonald Talks About The Night Olivia Fell, Social Media and Sun

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She Writes – Rejection, Redemption, and a Bidding War

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