The Push - Ashley Audrain

The Push

By Ashley Audrain

  • Release Date: 2021-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 849 Ratings



"An intense psychological drama that will be embraced by serious book clubs and fans of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin."
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling."
—Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

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 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.


  • Intense

    By Caroline U
    A very good read... gets more intense with each page that’s turned. It was hard to put down. It was a little confusing understanding who certain characters were with the way the storyline was written. Sometimes you’re reading Blythes story or her childhood others it’s Cecelia’s childhood etc- very dark and sad..this book made me dislike Violet so much. I wish there was more to this book..I’m hooked!
  • Interesting Look at Motherhood

    By KLM4030
    I loved this book. As a mother of 3 children it was a bit terrifying/shocking but also relatable in many senses. The main character is likable and I really felt for her.
  • The Push

    By Arnies volunteer
    Wow!!!! Just a really great book.... definitely a must read
  • A psychological page turner!

    By ShannKL
    The Push is a dark psychological drama on the making and breaking of a family, and one women's experience of motherhood being nothing she hoped for but everything she feared. This debut novel is an absolute page-turner depicting mother-daughter relationships across generations. Majority of the women honestly don't deserve to be mothers and deal their emotional and physical blows on the daughters they try to raise. The story centers around Blythe who must sleep with one eye open in fear of her own daughter, Violet. Blythe struggles with her complicated feelings for Violet who trashes, cries and torments her on a daily basis. Is Violet truly a violent child who would harm others? This is an unsettling read, but beautiful. It doesn't shy away from parenthood fears and the not so fun times of being a mother. The Push is disturbing, addictive read with an ending that is haunting.
  • Awesome!

    By Ms. Wan
    Couldn’t put this down! What a storyline!
  • Superb and Heart Wrenching

    By Alice anne 22
    Loved this book, a great read and could not put down
  • Easy Read

    By Jenobeno
    Interesting life of one women, who could have been any of us. Ending well let’s say, I wasn’t ready for it. I wanted more
  • Intense but real

    By cjperez18
    This book shows how the combination of nature and nurture can lead to a thinking time bomb. I really liked this book because it was not obvious and it kept me entertained.
  • Great Read

    By Bbooouaaat
    Its been a while since I read a book that nudged me to keep going...This was that book.
  • Tremendous

    By Trita V
    Great book. I couldn’t put it down.