The Push – Ashley Audrain

The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive read asking what happens when women are not believed – and challenging everything we think we know about motherhood.

What if your experience of motherhood was nothing like what you hoped for – but everything you always feared?

‘The women in this family, we’re different . . .’

The arrival of baby Violet was meant to be the happiest day of my life.
A fresh start.

But as soon as I held her in my arms, I knew something wasn’t right.

I have always known that the women in my family weren’t meant to be mothers.

My husband Fox says I’m imagining it, but she’s different with me. Something feels very wrong.

Is it her? Or is it me?

Is she the monster? Or am I?

Ashley Audrain 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 the publisher Penguin Canada.

My Review:


Now I’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about The Push – the debut psychological thriller by Ashley Audrain who was the publicity director for Penguin in Canada. HOLY SH*T this is good. In fact I would say it’s even better than good – it’s OUTSTANDING!

If you follow my blog you will know how much I love dark, twisted and disturbing thrillers especially when they feature young children and potentially unreliable narrators.

It’s so hard to talk about The Push without giving anything away, however I knew by the end of the first chapter that this was my kind of book. It didn’t just get under my skin, it burrowed so deep that I literally couldn’t put this book down.

This is a very raw and brutal look at nature vs nuture and the darker side of motherhood. The main character Blythe, a new mother whose own childhood was deeply damaged by her own mother is so open and honest about her feelings and emotions it’s impossible not to connect with her and feel her pain throughout the story.

The Push is so deep and personal that it’s actually painful to read in places . Without doubt this goes into my Top Ten books of 2020 and for once I agree with the books marketing tag “2021’s Most Astonishing Debut”

Five huge stars from me and one that will stay in my head for a long time. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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