The Push by Ashley Audrain

The Push kept me guessing… I wasn’t sure what to believe which was frustrating and fascinating all at the same time. ~Sheila

Blythe Conner grew up in a home where she was unnurtured and uncertain what her own mothers feelings were for her. She was determined that when she had children of her own this would not be the case.

Years later, blissfully married and having her first child, Blythe is no longer sure of anything. Blythe feels that her daughter Violet does not act like other children. There is something dark behind her eyes, something calculating – yet Blythe seems to be the only one to see it. Her husband Fox, believes it is all in her head, and Blythe wonders this as well, after all, what would she know about being a good mother? Yet, when a horrifying incident happens… Blythe can’t shake what she believes she witnessed.
And when the most unimaginable horrifying thing happens again, Blythe can’t so easily think it was an accident. Even if she is the only one who feels this way.

I listened to this book on audio narrated by Marin Ireland (incredible narration!).

At first, I wasn’t sure what to think about this book. It is no secret I have a love hate relationship with unreliable narrations. Gone Girl (LOVED IT!!!!), Girl on the Train and pretty much every other unreliable narrator type book I have read – not so much. So when this book started to give me that heeby jeeby feel of I didn’t know what was true, I proceeded with cautionary interest, ready to once again end this type of book with a meh.

Admittedly, I am still kind of wondering where I land with it all. There is so much packed into this story that for a while I felt this could have been a series of books. Between Blythe’s childhood recollections, the marriage beginning, Violet, and then Sam… there is so much… Definitely an essence of We Need To Talk About Kevin.

and it works.

This is a book where I don’t want to say too much because I feel it is a book one much fully experience for themselves. I quested myself all the way through it wondering which way it would all go in the end – and impressed that Author Ashley Audrain creates such a twisted phycological drama that up until then every end… the VERY end… I was unsure what to believe.
And then…
I ended the book crying.

Emotions throughout the book left me at times in disbelief, curious, wondering, horrified, angry, and broken. I say this – in a good way.

In the end… I went back and listened to a couple parts again. And then, I passed it to a friend as this is a book that you WANT to share because you WANT to have someone to talk to about it. And I sit here now… wanting to talk about it.

If you have read this book – I would love to know what you thought. If there are those who wish to discuss I can bring out the old Spoiler page add on so we can.

8 thoughts on “The Push by Ashley Audrain

  1. I LOVED this book! It was a favorite in the month I read it (January 2021). I didn’t know what to believe, but I knew that i didn’t trust the father, and then I didn’t trust anyone!

    1. It might have been the audio version- in the beginning, I was trying to figure out what direction the book was taking. As it went on I still really wasn’t sure if this going to be about her upbringing and how it affected her – or if it was about Violet. It took me a while to realize I appreciated what she was doing. 🙂

  2. A friend of mine gave it a5 star review so it’s been on my radar. I remember feeling that way with Gone Girl, I HAD to talk to someone about it so I put out the bat signal, Susan O. read it in a day and we met at Ponchos to talk about it. Is it a future nomination perhaps?

  3. I keep seeing this one around but your review and one other has made me look at it a bit more. I will read it at some point, I think.

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