The Push

The Push by Ashley Audrain Book Summary


"An intense psychological drama that will be embraced by serious book clubs and fans of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin."
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling."
—Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

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.

The Push by Ashley Audrain Book Reviews

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- Superb and Heart Wrenching5 star

Loved this book, a great read and could not put down

- Easy Read5 star

Interesting life of one women, who could have been any of us. Ending well let’s say, I wasn’t ready for it. I wanted more

- Intense but real5 star

This book shows how the combination of nature and nurture can lead to a thinking time bomb. I really liked this book because it was not obvious and it kept me entertained.

- Great Read5 star

Its been a while since I read a book that nudged me to keep going...This was that book.

- Tremendous5 star

Great book. I couldn’t put it down.

- The Push5 star

I'm sitting here just stunned! I'm a fan of suspense and this girl put it over the top! I was hooked from the first page and could not put it down until the very end. I need more from this author!

- Artfully crafted5 star

Gripping. Highly recommend

- The Push5 star

Intense! Great read!

- Loved it5 star

Fast paced and engaging. Devoured it in two settings. Dark and intriguing subject matter. Hoping for more

- WOW!4 star

This is the best book I have read In years. Could not put it down and was so sad when the last page came. Brilliant!!

- The Push4 star

Loved this book. Very insightful about motherhood. Great book for discussion about the insecurities of Motherhood

- Psychologically gripping5 star

I couldn’t put this down until I finished and the dark twists and heart racing turns their circumstances and traumatic experiences were. It was surreal trying to absorb just exactly how terrifying it is to think about these things happening and how anyone could survive the aftermath of it all is almost unimaginable. The worst nightmare of any family’s to live with

- The Push5 star

This book was very engaging and pulls you in right from the beginning. Without giving anything away, the end will have you drawing your own conclusion, somewhat leaving you in suspense as you were who while reading it. I am hoping for a sequel. Great book, great read!

- Couldn’t put this down5 star

I wish the author had more books available because I was glued to this. A beautifully written, haunting portrayal of the dark side of motherhood. Loved it.

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About Ashley Audrain Wiki

Ashley Audrain (born 1982) is a Canadian writer. During a July 2019 interview with the Toronto Star Audrain described her debut novel, The Push, as a "psychological drama told through the lens of motherhood." Prior to turning her hand to writing, Audrain was publicity director for Penguin Canada, which is now an imprint of the Canadian division of Penguin Random House. In 2015 a health crisis with her youngest child caused her to retire. She found writing was an occupation she could undertake at home.The Bookseller reports that her UK book deal, with Michael Joseph Limited, an imprint of the UK division of Penguin Random House, was worth approximately one million British pounds, while he..
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