Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald


I am speechless...The Night Olivia Fell blew me away. I can't even remember the last time a book had this emotional pull on me. This book was not even on my radar until my reading group The Traveling Sisters organized a group read for it. I am so glad I joined in and read this with them.

When I read the description of this book, I said no I can't read this. I am an ER nurse and I see so much heartache that I try not to read about it on my time off too. I just want to put this out there in case you are worried about reading it. Yes it tugs at your heartstrings but the whole book wasn't focused on the family sitting at bedside, as I thought it would be. I must say I was relieved and pleasantly surprised as I quickly figured this out.

The majority of the story was trying to determine what happened to Olivia. Retracing her steps from her point of view and then flashing to current times.We are privy to her relationships and how she interacted with everyone. We learn her thought process up until the time of the fall. There was so much mystery surrounding Olivia's fall that I literally could not put this book down until I had some solid answers.

Towards the ending this story morphed into an emotional roller coaster for me. There is a part where the fine details that the author includes literally had me feeling like I was in the room with them. I often come away from a book feeling euphoric when I really love the book. This book touched on something that I can't even put into the words. I felt emotionally overwhelmed for several hours after finishing. I felt a sense of personal loss, which I never feel like this when reading a book. I had to keep reminding myself that it is a BOOK and it is a work of fiction. I think this speaks volumes as to the immense talent this author has that she managed to get me so emotionally worked up.

I obviously can't express how much I loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. This book is going to stay in my thoughts for a long time to come.


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