The Push by Ashley Audrain

July 1, 2021 (by Betsy Maxwell)

I loved this book. You know when a child has a bit of an evil side to them? And you can see it from a really young age? That kid is in this book. Or is she? Her mom thinks so. But is her mom a reliable narrator? I’ll let you answer these questions. Definitely read this one. This is not necessarily a beach read, as you need to pay attention, but it’s perfect for a plane ride or in bed at night.


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.

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