ARC Review | The Push by Ashley Audrain

The Push

Title: The Push
Author: Ashley Audrain
Pages: 320


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.


Please go buy this book right now! Don’t ask questions just go do it! Or you can read this review then go buy yourself a copy. This is the most gut wrenching and emotional book I’ve read in a very long time!! The Push is a book that will stay with me until I find one better, though I doubt that’s possible..It was intense and at times so cringy that I wanted the story to be over all the while continuing to turn the pages in search of the next big twist.

“A mother’s heart breaks a million ways in her lifetime.”

Blythe struggles to connect with her newborn daughter and worries that her own traumatic childhood has damaged her ability to properly bond and nurture as a parent. She battles these thoughts on a daily basis and pushes herself through the endless stress-filled days of parenting a young child. Things seem to be easier once her son is born.

Every so often a book comes along that completely captures the attention of the reader, telling a story like no other. The Push by Ashley Audrain is that kind of book without a doubt. It makes you dread the ending while making you anxiously guess what’s next. This psychological thriller will stay in my memory for many years.

This is a well-crafted psychological drama that brought out so many emotions for me as I read. It’s raw and will constantly have you questioning what you’re reading and your reactions to it. The plot is a bit confusing at first but you get the hang of it as you read on.

I don’t know how to describe the beauty of the writing in a way that brings it justice. The writing had me feeling as though I was experiencing the heartache and struggles right alongside Blythe. My connection to Blythe’s situation was so strong due to the exceptional writing that I felt as though it was happening to me. Quite simply — I was Blythe while I read this. I have no personal experience with what Blythe went through but I feel like a changed person after reading this. This moved me so deeply.

This is not a happy book. It is brutally honest and raw. It will rip your heart out. It will make you feel the pain of a mother fighting her own thoughts and worries.

I know it’s very early in the year, but I think this will be my favourite book of 2021. This will be extremely hard to top. I usually move right on to the next book once I finish reading but the intensity of this one forced me to take a break to think and truly absorb the situation. Major book hangover! I feel bad for whatever book I pick up next….

The story moves at a good pace and the only character we get to know well is Blythe which is very clever for this story and adds to the mystery of what is really happening and who the reader can trust.

Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy!

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