The Push

The Push

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Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting, supportive mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe doesn't find the connection with her young daughter she expected. She's convinced that something is wrong with Violet--the little girl is distant, rejects affection, and behaves maliciously first towards Blythe and then the children at preschool. Or is it all in Blythe's head? Her growing obsession with her daughter's behaviour causes a rift in her marriage to her eminently rational architect husband, Fox. Fox doesn't see the Violet Blythe sees; he sees a wife who is overwhelmed and can't handle the day-to-day basics of being a mother. And the more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity.... Then her son, Sam, is born and Blythe has a fresh start on motherhood. With Sam, she feels the natural connection she had so longed-for with Violet. And Violet seems to love her little brother, too. Until the day that Violet's behaviour turns tragic. The devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth about herself, her past, and her daughter. The Push is a novel about mothers and their children and about how an unspeakable act can reverberate and change the lives around us forever.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Viking Canada, ©2021.
ISBN: 9780735239890
Characteristics: 303 pages ;,23 cm


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Apr 12, 2021

A bit predictable......reminiscent of "The Bad Seed".

LCPL_Vivian Apr 06, 2021

A psychological drama about a first-time mother who doesn't feel a connection with her baby girl, Violet. When tragedy takes over the family after she has her baby boy, Sam, the family falls apart. Blythe and her husband separate, and Violet becomes the creepy child that you won't want to stop reading about. It's very fast-paced and easy to read. I would recommend it if you're tired of the same old psychological drama / domestic thriller stories.

Apr 05, 2021

A suspenseful psychological drama with elegical tone for a lost marriage and family. The background of the mother is smoothly incorporated.

Apr 03, 2021

This book has a very engaging format. I think this was a good book. Definitely check it out.

Apr 01, 2021

“ A mother’s hear breaks a million ways in her lifetime.”
“ There are days, like that one, that mark the moments in our life that change who we are. Was I the woman being cheated on? We’re you the man who betrayed me? We were already the parents of a dead boy. Of a daughter I couldn’t love. We would become the couple that split. The husband who left. The wife who never got over any of it.”
It’s a heartbreaking novel that feels like a psychological triller, but it will be grabbing your attention like suspense. You will be pondering on many questions.... What is going on here? Is it untreated postpartum depression? Is it mothers not being capable of child loving? Is it multigenerational bad parenting? Or something even more sinister?
Ashley Audrain’s style of writing is flawless, engaging, heartbreaking and feels very personal.
Hype about this book is justified. Movie rights already bought.

JCLJenV Mar 31, 2021

'The Push' is very pushy! It will make you push aside all the things you need to do until you finish reading this unputdownable book! As you read, pay attention to all the things being 'pushed'... This would be a great book club book.

STPL_JessH Mar 29, 2021

So, this book is impossible to put down and deeply upsetting. I read it in one feverish sitting and am still not clear on how I feel about it. How's that for a not at all helpful review?!?! Don't listen to me. Check out the Goodreads reviews of this book. 4.19 stars with almost 40 000 ratings as of March 2021.

Mar 28, 2021

If you want a book that has zero cheerfulness in it, then this is your book. This storyline was so depressing. A husband and wife have 2 children, separate, deal with a disturbing daughter while all along have the mother’s dysfunctional backstory explained. I kept hoping that Blythe would have some cheerful break in her sorry life, but that just didn’t happen. I would rather read books with more levity.

Mar 27, 2021

Extraordinary, gripping and powerful!

Mar 25, 2021

I found this to be a tedious read with mundane writing and not very much meat in the plot. I am certain it has been a good talking point for people as to whether a bad seed can exist and how one cannot love their child. However I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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Feb 19, 2021

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