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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  24,946 ratings  ·  4,338 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Viking
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Emily May
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve come here to give this to you.
This is my side of the story.

I'd been eyeing this book for a while when, earlier this week, I got a text from my thriller-loving brother asking if I'd heard of The Push by Ashley Audrain and saying I needed to read it. Needless to say, I cancelled all the social plans I didn't have anyway.

I settled in to read what I imagined would be a psychological thriller. And, for a while, it was just that. Sinister, mysterious, with short punchy chapters that kept m
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
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Update: Ashley Audrain has joined us for a spoiler-free Q & A in the Behind the Pages Group!

To see what she has to say you can find the thread here

Hot Emotional Diggity Dang! If you haven't read this one, it is one you don't want to miss! Put on your lounge pants and lock yourself in a room because you won't want to put it down once you start it. It's one you will want to talk about!! It is a book I am so excited to share with everyone. I want to stand i
Fuck I loved this. I was hesitant going into this book because I had seen some mixed reviews, so I did not expect to love this as much as I did. I will say, I don't think this book should be marketed as a thriller, and I think if you go in expecting a thriller, you'll probably be disappointed. This is more of a psychological drama about a family, and it's a character study of our protagonist Blythe.

This felt like it was written in such a real and honest way, it terrified me. This book highlight
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5++++ outstanding stars!

2021 Favourites List!

The hype is real! Even better than I had hoped. Gut wrenching. Most emotional and amazing book I’ve read in years!

“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 yo
A woman is supposed to WANT to be a mother.

She will fall IN LOVE at first sight despite the searing pain of childbirth and the recovery (nothing held back here!)

She will KNOW instinctively what do do and feel fulfilled while doing so.

BUT, what IF you weren’t nurtured as a child?

What will happen if THAT child grows up to be a mother herself and motherhood for her turns out to be nothing at all what she hoped for, and everything she feared? What if she doesn’t bond with her child in the same wa
I read to 50% then speed read to an unsatisfying, predictable conclusion. This book has been much hyped but for me it fell into the category of a tired trope that has been done before. Many times. The disintegration of a marriage, generational neglect and abuse, the "bad seed", weak ineffectual men, nature vs nurture.

The majority of the book is written as one long letter by Blythe to her husband, which becomes repetitive and boring. The chapters move back and forth between time periods and chara
Diane S ☔
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tied me in knots. I started out thinking one way, then another, back to the first and then the end, and by then my head was spinning. What a twisty story. A story about mothering, scars from the past and how the past can affect out present. Can one trust their own judgement when others don't agree. Can one mother, when they haven't been mothered? What to believe, ones own self or is one seeing things that aren't there?

What a book, kudos to this author for this intriguing psychological
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms Audrain's bold statement may not be welcomed by those who support social stereotypes and expectations regarding the idea of motherhood. Women are expected to want to become mothers and to have special bond with their babies. And for most this is the case. However, what if you were not offered the bond you are expected to offer? What if it is formed with your next child or children but not first-born? How can you love and cherish new life if your mother or grandmother were unable pour love int ...more
Elyse  Walters
....8 hours and 38 minutes

Dear Readers....
A New Buzz—2021 psychological (non-traditional), mysterious thriller arrives.
I’m usually willing to take the plunge and read a few buzzers each year. The risk is usually worth it... allowing me to (at least), engage in the yay or nay discussions.

Dear Fox,
You might want to read what I have say....
From ...
Blythe Conner (wife/mother of your children/ex-wife)

Dear Curious psychological thrill
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
This debut has been on the top of every readers list! The must-read of the new year!

Blythe didn’t have the best role model growing up. Her mother was not exactly a warm and nurturing woman. Thus, Blythe understandably had serious reservations of her own when she became pregnant. A self-fulfilling prophecy to struggle through motherhood? Her concerns were validated and magnified when her daughter Violet was born.

Was there something off bout her daughter, or was her own upbringing over-shadowi
Susanne  Strong
What does it take to be a Good Mother?

Don’t ask ME that question. For I am not one, nor did I have a typical one. Mine was a combination of two of the mothers detailed here in “The Push” and because of that, my view of this novel is admittedly, somewhat skewed.

Even I realize, however, that what is real and what is true is that motherhood is complex, difficult, and exhausting.

Blythe’s childhood was less than stellar. Her mother was abusive and unkind and once she becomes pregnant, she is deter
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
Holy Shooty Balls! This was one gripping, emotionally raw, and brilliantly written novel!

THE PUSH by ASHLEY AUDRAIN is an emotional, chilling, dark, and utterly immersive psychological drama that was an all consuming page-turner for me. Right from the very first chapter I knew that this was going to be my kind of book and that I was going to absolutely love it.

This book totally got under my skin, it disturbed and unsettled me. On one hand I was totally gutted with the hard to read content and o
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blythe came from a mother that was less than caring, less than interested in her. A mother that simply had no sense of nurture in her. She ended up abandoning her when she was thirteen years old.

Now Blythe, married to Fox, finds herself pregnant. She fears that she will be like her own mother but Fox insists she'll do a wonderful job. Then Violet is born and Blythe struggles to form a bond with her. Fox, of course, feels the problem lies with Blythe but Blythe is convinced that there is somethi
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
Sheyla ✎

Raw: The feelings The Push brought out in me. The feelings Ashley Audrain masterful made me have about Blythe. The raw pain Blythe narrates as she is drowning in pain.

This novel is disturbing in the right kind of way. No one says motherhood is easy. We all know it is not. But giving birth to a child who doesn't love you and might be evil is not something that is spoken about or thought about. After all, babies are cute and sweet. Or are they? Some might say they are very hard work with th
Frank Phillips
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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And I thought my family was dysfunctional and dramatic......WOW!!! This may be one of the best reads of 2021 for me. Already, I'm calling it! This was a dark and tragic family drama with a few elements of suspense here and there, about a mother, Blythe, coping with loving her firstborn daughter Violet, and mourning the tragic death of her secondborn, Sam. At times I suspected this might be more of an unreliable narrator situation, but then I wavered back to thinking Violet was a young sociopath ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
The Push provides an ominous tone from the start and doesn’t let up. After initially reading the premise, I wasn’t sure this was for me, but I was intrigued by the surrounding hype.

Blythe Connor marries Fox, a seemingly good guy who treats her well and dotes on their baby daughter, Violet. Blythe is determined to be the great mom she never had, but is exhausted by motherhood, finding it difficult to bond with her daughter. She becomes convinced something is off with Violet — A feeling she never
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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
This book is falling into the wish I had liked it more category. Although it held my interest and definitely was a very fast paced read, I had some difficulty reconciling the behavior of the child, Violet. I guess it got into my caw that a teacher, teachers, or coach would not have been quite concerned about Violet's behavior in class and I am sure the school psychologist would have been involved. It's that former teacher gene popping up in me!

The father was a total piece of garbage putting thos
Author Ashely Audrain began writing “The Push” when her son was six months old. What she does flawlessly in this story is expose most parents (generally mothers) concerns about their child…is this normal? Is my child developing correctly? Is there a behavioral issue that needs a psychologist or does the kid just need to take up a sport? Audrain provides fodder for parental concern in this almost horror story. Yet, she provides latitude for the unreliable narrator as well.

The story is basically a
Blythe had a tough childhood. Her mother, Cecilia was physically and psychologically abusive, as well as emotionally distant. Cecilia herself was raised by a cruel, cold, mentality unbalanced mother, Blythe's Grandmother, Etta. Even though Blythe had her reservations about motherhood she was determined to be the perfect wife and the perfect mother. But from the moment her daughter Violet was born Blythe struggled to bond with her, and their relationship was further hindered by Violet's difficult ...more
Anne Bogel
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A creepy, contemporary East of Eden, and one heck of a page-turner.

This psychological drama is written as a sort of letter from a woman to her ex-husband, in which she promises to tell her side of what turns out to be a very dark story.

The letter quickly settles on her relationship with their daughter, a connection that began coldly and deteriorated from there, though perhaps not for the reasons her ex-husband (and, at first, the reader) suspect.

Book nerds will appreciate the unusual second p
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Geez Louise! I read this one with one eye open and one eye closed. I couldn’t put The Push down and I didn’t really want to know what was coming next. And finishing it left me in a strange mood. No point saying much about the plot other than it’s a tense tight story about motherhood. Is there something wrong with Blythe as a mother? Is there something wrong with her daughter Violet? No holds barred in plumbing the dark side of maternal self-doubt. Audrain knows how to write. There is depth to th ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-5-stars
A terrific debut!
This is what I call a page-turning psychological drama!
This was for sure a tough read.
A dark take on motherhood.
I would not recommend it to mothers to be or for those who were abused as a kid. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing.
I have a hard time reading about child, elderly or animal abuse (the last two are non-existent here), but I was hooked from the beginning.
I became the main character. I was in her head and body. I felt her expectations, her pain, her frustrations, her des
Larry H
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I’ve ever had a more "Bookstagram Made Me Do It" book than Ashley Audrain's new novel, The Push . Seeing all the raves from friends I had such FOMO, even though some said, "Larry, I don't know if this one is for you!" But boy, did it live up to every ounce of the hype I had built for it in my head—and then some!!

“You know, there’s a lot about ourselves that we can’t change—it’s just the way we’re born. But some parts of us are shaped by what we see. And how we’re treated by othe
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