The Push

The Push

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A tense psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family, told through the eyes of a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for--and everything she feared.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Viking, 2021.
ISBN: 9780735239890
Branch Call Number: FIC Audra
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 23 cm.

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hundalsrus
May 06, 2021

When I initially heard about this book, I didn’t think I was going to want to read it. It was described by many as a thriller, and those usually aren’t my favorite genre; however, there was a lot of hype around it so I put it on hold at my library back in January to let future me decide if I wanted to read it when my hold came through. Let me tell you, I was so glad I picked it up.

I would describe this one as more of an emotional suspense novel rather than a thriller. It was written very well, was fast-paced, and made me feel uncomfortable, confused, and want to know more in the best possible way - all of which made the pages fly by.

I could see this being the type of book someone would be able to read in one sitting, and as much as I wish I could have done this, I had work and life obligations that I couldn’t ignore. I was lucky enough to have some absolutely fabulous people to chat with it (huge shoutout to everyone who let me bug you about my thoughts throughout my read). I now see the appeal of buddy reads even though I am notoriously terrible at them.

Nonetheless, if you have had an inkling of a thought about reading this one, do not walk, RUN to wherever you get your books from and grab yourself a copy. You can thank me later.

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Somnybks2read
May 04, 2021

It’s been a long time since a book has gripped me like this one. I listened to the audio version and maybe that’s part of the reason. I felt like I was a fly on the wall in Blythe’s life and it was alternately fascinating, exciting, horrifying, sad, and deeply moving. There are so many glimpses into the dark and light of this complex life we are all moving through and I found myself connecting in a myriad of ways with my own life experiences...inter-generational trauma, marriage (joys and unraveling), mother-child bonding (her and Sam), secrets kept and shared, and above all...hurt. The storyline of Violet, to my mind, was the hook here but there is a lot more to ponder. One caveat: do not read this book if you are in a dark place yourself as it is an emotional and psychological deep dive. Wondering what would happen next in this suspenseful read, however, made it very engaging. Recommend!

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lb21
Apr 30, 2021

A very well written and suspenseful drama. It took a while to get into at first, but afterwards it was hard to put down.

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genepy
Apr 27, 2021

Creepy and very suspenseful , the perfect psychological thriller with well developed characters doomed by their atavism. A deep analysis of mother - daughter relationships gone very wrong . The audio version is excellent .

JCLKariE Apr 26, 2021

Blythe comes from two generations of “bad” mothers. Women who faced tragedy, trauma, and didn’t want the daughters they had. Hoping she could overcome her past, Blythe falls in love and has a baby girl of her own. Throughout her pregnancy, Blythe is happy and content looking forward to her daughter’s arrival. But the delivery changes everything. When it’s time to push Blythe is scared of her child, she doesn’t want this anymore. After Violet is born, Blythe has a hard time adjusting, bonding, and caring for her daughter. She pushes Violet away. Then believes Violet loves her husband more and wants nothing to do with her. Is it the lack of sleep? Loss of autonomy? Or is there something wrong with Violet?

Reading this crazy story is addicting. Is Blythe to blame? Or is there something off about Violet? Blythe’s backstory and the stories of her mother and grandmother shape this story into more than just a psychological thriller. The intensity of Blythe’s need to tell her story shines through creating an interesting reading experience.

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Clenor2013
Apr 23, 2021

Is the child a sociopath? Trashy pulp fiction. Classic "airplane read".

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mtipping
Apr 21, 2021

Didn't finish. Dumb.

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cklebes
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.

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empbee
Apr 05, 2021

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

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zephyr63
Feb 19, 2021

zephyr63 thinks this title is suitable for 50 years and over

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