Review | The Push by Ashley Audrain

“A mother’s heart breaks a million ways in her lifetime.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: maternity, pink gloves, hot coffee, razors, DNA, inheritance, postpartum depression, wigs, unfortunate accidents and parenting classes.

A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family–and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared.

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

Wait a damn minute… this is a debut novel? I’m so impressed with the quality of this book!

I know this book is marketed as a thriller, but I would say this is more of a… creepy family drama? In this story, we follow three generations of women within the same family: the grandmother, the mother and our main character, Blythe. In this story, the focus is on Blythe and her daughter Violet, but the author also shares the two other stories to show the readers how the women in the family dealt with their respective daughters. It’s a book that talks about motherhood, the bond between a mother and a child, and how we can’t escape from our family inheritance!

What really creeped me out about this book was how real and honest it was. It didn’t feel like a fictitious story. It felt like the characters were real people, part of a real family. I can definitely see some readers relating to this book, especially when it comes to the struggles of being a new mother and not feeling a connection with their children.

One thing I really need to mention is the ending, because it gave me chills! It was so creepy and I thought it was the perfect way to end the book (in my humble opinion).

I completely understand the hype around this book! I personally really liked how dark and unsettling the story was, and the writing was incredible. Highly recommend it!


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