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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Pamela Dorman Books
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Farrah
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had already heard a lot of praise for this book before I started it. Ashley Audrain is a local author, this is her debut novel and although it's not released until next month, the movie deals are already being made. I was thrilled when I saw it available on NetGalley and jumped at a chance for a copy.

Blythe and her husband are expecting. He's thrilled and so is she but she's nervous too because the women in her family have a pattern of not adapting well to motherhood. We see flashbacks to Bly
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Jen
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Push was a solid 4.5 star read, rounded up to 5 after some thought as, although I wouldn’t say it was an all time favourite, I had to give credit to the incredible writing and also the fact that not only did I dream about this book but it impacted me in so many areas and left me thinking and reflecting and remembering. I feel like I have soo much to say about this read so I will try to keep it as brief as I can. Two things before I start, 1 - This is a psychological drama with emphasis on th ...more
Paromjit
Ashley Audrain's debut is a hard to read, multilayered, complex and chilling family drama, the worst nightmares viscerally and vibrantly given life, a psychological thriller that ventures into horror territory. It is a multi-generational examination of the dysfunctional nature of many families, where the role of mother is not all its cracked up to be, breaking under societal expectations of motherhood, mother-child relationships and raises the dark questions of nature versus nurture when it come ...more
Ceecee
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blythe meets Fox Connor at college, they become inseparable and later marry. Blythe’s only example of good mothering growing up came from their lovely, kind neighbour Mrs Ellington as her mother Cecilia is neglectful and distant and her grandmother even worse. Can she ever hope to break the cycle, become a good mother herself with those awful childhood experiences? Does she carry a ‘bad seed’ or with the help of Fox can she become the mother she’d like to be? The story is told from Blythe’s pers ...more
Tina
Just WOW!! 5 GLOWING stars indeed!! This is what I would categorize as a psychological family drama AND literary fiction...yes it is written THAT well!! This is a debut novel by a fellow Canadian and local author. This book is deserving of the 2021 book buzz!

This is a sad, and twisted tale of 3 dysfunctional generations of motherhood. Every Mother loves their child, right? I think the less you know about this book the better.

It is just fantastic but very dark so don't expect a loving tale. This
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Chilling.
Listen up. This is sure to make a HUGE impact in 2021 for sure.

Motherhood.
Preconceived ideas.
Dark side of Motherhood.

This is nothing short of addiction.
Once you open the first page I swear you won’t put it down.
The elements of surprise is all around in this compulsive page turner.

It’s difficult to not put into words more, much more but I fear giving too much away.

All I’m saying is, if your thoughts were that you would make the worst mother, wo
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Carolyn
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an early electronic copy of this unsettling and riveting book. It focused on three generations of dysfunctional, unloving mothers. It raises the debate of nature versus nurture. It was well-written and compelling. Blythe's present story alternates with her neglectful and abusive mother and grandmother's past stories, and I thought the transition was not always a smooth one. This book is mainly about Blythe and her struggle to break the cycl ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
WOW! Talk about dark and unsettling! The Push is a much talked about debut novel and for very good reason. I have never read anything like it before and it will stay with me for a long time to come.

It is a really hard book to talk too much about the story without giving anything away, it really is. The story deals with Blythe, a woman who is reluctant to become a mother. Her own childhood was abusive and unsettled and the women in her family have a track record of not adapting to motherhood well
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Wendy
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The Push by Ashley Audrain is her debut novel and what a wonderful beginning to her career in writing.
I haven't been this deeply affected by a book in a very long time.
The author gives us an engrossing, page-turning psychological drama about a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she expected or hoped for and everything she feared.
An incredibly compelling novel which includes three generations of the darker side of motherhood.
Impossible to forget or put down!

Thank you
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Liz Barnsley
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Push is definitely a book you should pay attention to in 2021, it is intensely, beautifully written and as well as being a dark and intriguing psychological drama, it also takes on the less spoken about side of motherhood.

I don’t actually want to give too much away because The Push is an affecting and emotionally complex tale that is best served by a lack of preconceived notions..the characters are vividly portrayed and the events playing out on the page are thought provoking, unpredictable
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Kammy
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Erin Clemence
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: January 5, 2021

Ashley Audrain is a Canadian-born author, and “The Push” is her first novel. After seeing nothing but heaps of praise for this debut, I had to check it out.

Blythe Connor is determined to be everything her own mother wasn’t, in regards to parenting her own daughter, Violet. She is determined to be patient, kind and cari
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Louise Wilson
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the best ever mother to her new baby Violet. But int thie thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daugher. But is it all in her head. Her husband, Fox says she's imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more lythe seems to question her own sanity. Then their sonSam is born. Blythe has the blissful connection she'd always imagined with her child. But when life they know is ch ...more
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
A raw, harrowing story of cross-generational motherhood and the actions, omissions and mistakes that tear families apart and leave gaping wounds

Akin to The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold, this was a story that did not hide behind rose covered archways but instead carved out a blood-stained and sorrowful tale across three-generations of motherhood. It is a story that may shock, that may provoke thought, but it is bleak and harsh: it was not a fun read.

The Push is an arguably honest portrayal of what
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Roman Clodia
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is ridiculously gripping! Just bear in the mind that something that starts off like We Need To Talk About Kevin Lite turns into one of those domestic thrillers involving wigs and advanced stalking... The thoughtful material is balanced by the need for a last minute 'twist' but the writing is pacy, and the pages turn themselves - compulsive commercial fiction that mixes up creepy children with an interrogation of the cultural fetishisation of motherhood.

Thanks to Penguin for an ARC via NetGa
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MissBecka Gee
I found the plot engrossing; Blythe's honesty about motherhood was highly refreshing!
I struggled with the structure of the story a bit.
The delivery felt more like a collection of essays rather than a novel.
Pulled me out of the story more than I would have liked.
Thanks to NetGalley & Penguin Random House Canada for my DRC.
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Christina Cook
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. This book just pulled me out of my reading slump. I am like Joey in Friends where he keeps the scary book in the freezer. I understand it now. This book is so creepy and disturbing and I loved every single word. The story was very different but it reminded me a lot of Verity by Colleen Hoover. I don’t even know what to say except OH MY GOD.
Louise Wilson
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blythe Connor is determined to be the best ever mother to her new baby Violet. But in the thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter. But is it all in her head? Her husband, Fox says she's inagining thinds. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe seems to question her own sanity. Then their son Sam is born. Blythe has the blissful connection she's always imagined with a child. But when life they know is changes in an ...more
Kammy
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advanced-copies
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Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel starts off well. I was expecting something completely different. This story line made me think of a movie I had once watched: The Bad Seed; and, also,the book, The Other by Thomas Tryon. All these demon children running around! No one is safe! Three generations of mentally/emotionally challenged women apparently culminated in creating Blythe's daughter, the wicked Violet.

I can
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KC
Is it possible for new mother Blythe to break the generational cycle of manipulation and cruelty after the birth of Violet? As her daughter ages, she becomes vicious towards Blythe while mother becomes resentful. Both struggle to find fluidity within their relationship. Things truly begin to unravel after the birth of baby Sam. Expectations of motherhood, misplaced trust, gaslighting, and abuse piece together this story of true tragedy and terror. For fans of Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage and We Need ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Push is a remarkable debut and a thought-provoking look at motherhood. I haven't read a book that dealt with having a child whom one can't/won't love and what that child does to a family since We Need To Talk About Kevin.

The Push is about Blythe and her daughter, Violet. Blythe falls in love with Fox in college and they get married. But Blythe has hidden her upbringing (her mother and grandmother--both horribly sad stories, and both excellently drawn) and is very anxious about having childre
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Renee Hermansen
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Penguin Books for this ARC to read and review.
The Push by Ashley Audrain.
Mother hood can be challenging but for Blythe and her mother and grandmother, nothing came naturally for them with their children. It was a struggle to connect with their offspring.
It was especially hard when Blythe had her first child, Violet, as she always felt there was something wrong with her daughter but nobody believed Blythe. She tried so had to be the mother her ancestors were not. O
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The Book Review Café
“Pre-order The Push now and be one of the first to discover why this novel you can’t put down is also the novel you will never forget” is the bold statement from the publishers. Fact or fiction? (Excuse the pun!) it’s a FACT! I simply loved this book by Ashley Audrain it’s a haunting, raw, exploration of motherhood, nature vs nurture, and the notion that mothers are expected by society to love their children unconditional.  This novel really is a dark psychological thriller, with an underpinning ...more
Zuky the BookBum
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2020, 5-stars, gifted, kindle
Happy publication day to this incredible book! I was blown away by this debut thriller and I've been recommending it since I turned the last page.

I had little idea of what to expect when I went into this, but I sure was surprised to find such an emotional, poignant, taut, and tense story within.

This book has a heavy focus on motherhood, something I wouldn't normally be drawn to, as I'm not a parent, but that didn't feel like a necessary component to be able to relate to this story. I felt deeply
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
May 24, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, thriller, mystery
ahhh this sounds so good and it's written by a publicist, too!

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Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling
I had no expectations when beginning this novel, and sometimes, that's even better. I knew it was meant to be good, but didn't know which direction the book would take me down. This book gave me chills. Actual chills. It was SO unsettling and the child character Violet will stay with me for a very long time. The audiobook was absolutely fantastic and I loved the narrator's voice. She captured the anxiety and stress of every situation perfectly. I am astounded that this is a debut novel. Audrain ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 stars (I think)

This was one of the most unsatisfying books I’ve ever read and it presented a completely messed up family, situation and bunch of relationships. There was little hope in this story and lots of dread. That title was innocuous at first but it quickly conjured foreshadowing and actually, I found a fair bit of the story predictable.

If I listed all the trigger warnings, it’d be an essay but what I struggled with most was reading about neglect. There’s something about that form of a
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Tracy Fenton
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG – WOW – WOW – OMG – WOW

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
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