The Push by Ashley Audrain

This story is intense, dark, emotional and incredibly moving.
It is also one hell of a page turner.

About the Book

The arrival of baby Violet was meant to be the happiest day of my life. But as soon as I held her in my arms I knew something wasn’t right.

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

My husband Fox says I’m imagining it. He tells me I’m nothing like my own mother, and that Violet is the sweetest child.

But she’s different with me. Something feels very wrong.

Is it her? Or is it me? Is she the monster? Or am I?

The Push is an unsettling, breathtaking and powerful read about obsession and our deepest fears that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

What I thought

I don’t think I ever read a book inside a week no matter how good it is and whilst I was given kind of a deadline, I certainly didn’t have any complaints attempting to reach that deadline. Both the writing and the story are very compelling.

It tells of the relationship between mother and daughter over 3 generations. It is mainly set in the present and told from the point of view of Blythe with flashbacks to her childhood experiences with her mum and in turn her mum’s childhood experiences with Blythe’s grandmother. None of them happy and all with an overriding sense of cruelty and emotional neglect.

In the present Blythe is struggling with motherhood. Her daughter Violet has not been an easy child since she was born, coupled with the fact that Blythe, like any first time new mum is finding it difficult to come to terms with the upheaval that a new baby brings about and wonders if she’s doing it right. Her husband seems to have the magic touch with their new daughter, always seems to be able to calm and settle her much better than Blythe ever can.

As time goes on and as Violet grows older the relationship between Violet and her mother becomes ever more fraught. Violet can be very cool towards her mother and pushes her away, favouring spending time with her father instead. Blythe begins to worry that something isn’t right with Violet but her husband dismisses it as her imagination and suggests that perhaps Blythe is the one with the problem.

I won’t say any more about the story. It would spoil it for potential readers. It’s a book that questions does being a mother come naturally to every woman? How much of an effect does a less than adequate upbringing have in future years as that child grows into an adult. I did wonder if perhaps Blythe was suffering Post-natal depression but this was only touched upon in the book and dismissed as just tiredness.

It’s a story of nature vs nurture, how much a parent is willing to turn a blind eye to their child’s behaviour because they’re too frightened to admit there may be a problem. A well written story that is very hard to put down, and the ending? Well…….you’ll have to read it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

With thanks to the publisher Michael Joseph Books for an advance copy of this book via Netgalley

The book is published today 7 January 2021 in e-book, hardback and audio. The hardback is available from all book shops or on Amazon

2 thoughts on “The Push by Ashley Audrain

    1. Thank you. If you do get the book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy New Year to you, thanks for commenting 😊


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