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Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

In the afterword the author discusses her next book: “In which a woman wakes in hospital after being struck by lightning and can't remember if she killed her mother”. Give the author this; she has a steadfast commitment to crap. In this unholy abomination – Abi, a hysteircal shrill smother, learns her teen tramp daughter, Olivia, is brain dead after an 'accident'.

But Olivia's rotting corpse is to be maintained on life support because she is pregnant. The effortlessly irritating Abi is hugely unlikeable as she eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild, overlooking the enormous trauma of her daughter's decaying carcass being kept on life support so it can be used as a baby incubator. Abi's not harrowingly bereft – she's got a grandkid on the way! Various characters are hell-bent on malevolent deception.

In between preparing to be as crap a grandmother as she was a mother; she stomps around throwing blame everyones way as she seeks to find out how Olivia had her 'accident'. Care for Olivia is strikingly absent. Abi is morbidly suspicious and there is little consequnce to her wilful obstruction and confrontational selfishness. Olivia's bullying ex-bff is shrugged off, Olivia's bio-dad is scum and this is not-splendidly tense. Abi's unfettered self-adoration and self interest goes on.

It is extremely concerning that (SPOILER) the book ends with Abi prancing around with her granddaughter, having gotten away with being contemptuous and confrontational and chasing off the baby's father (END SPOILER). Abi has an infallibility complex and this is not a contemplative requiem for Olivia. This badly written horrible awful book leaves you frustrated and annoyed as nobody cares about Olivia's unsurvivable injuries.

I felt violently averse to this. Abi failed to take Olvia's emotional needs into account and now she's inflicting the same fate onto the next generation. Talk about generational damage. This book is full of condemning details, but the author can't be bothered to explore them in this woeful failure.

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