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?
The Night Olivia Fell is a psychological/family drama hybrid, beautifully written and playing nicely on the emotions of the reader.
Olivia has fallen, she is officially brain dead but also pregnant. As per the law in her state, her life support remains in an attempt to give the baby a chance. There is no chance for Olivia though, that in itself is hugely thought provoking and emotive theme within.
The mystery element deals with why she fell, but the heart of this story is in the mother/daughter relationship. Mum Abi is dealing with a lot of trauma, meanwhile we hear from Olivia in flashback making it an even more tumultuous read.
I loved it. The truth is a shot to the heart, the characters are all wonderfully drawn, the whole thing was highly engaging and cleverly plotted.