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  • Psychological Thriller

    There has been a lot of buzz around this this book so as soon as I received and advanced reader's copy I was eager to star the book. I finished it quickly, I think within 3 or 4 days. It clearly captured my attention. I enjoy reading thrillers and mysteries. The main character in the story are a mother (Blythe), a husband (Fox), a daughter (Violet), and a son Sam. Blythe is struggling being a mom and connecting to her daughter Violet. Is she suffering from postpartum depression - the doctors and therapists say not. She continues to struggles with trying to figure out how to be a good mom to Violet. She wonders what is wrong with her and eventually decides to something to do with Violet. terrorize and bully children. Everyone says Violet is a normal healthy child who is just a little smart than some of other kids her age. Is it Blythe? or is Violet who are "off" . Is Blythe crazy and unable to be a good mother because her of traumatic childhood. She comes from a long line of women who were bad mothers. Is this just the continuity of of disfunction in her family and Violet is the victim. It was suspenseful, a bit of psychological thriller fortunately it didn't keep me up at night except the last night as I was keen to find out the ending..

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  • Compelling read

    The Push is a well written dark psychological thriller that is a compelling read. The subject matter is not for the faint of the heart and yet the author draws you in from page one. It is a story of multi generation abuse, trauma and lack of nurturing. Blythe is desperately trying to break this cycle . It is a tense read and yet I could not put it down. I don't want to say too much in order not to give anything away. The Push will be the talk of 2021

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  • Well written, but not for me

    The Push by Ashley Audrain is fiction. I thought it was a psychological thriller when I picked it up. I was wrong. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Penguin Random House/Viking, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Blythe Connor has tried to love her daughter, but Violet didn't make it easy. It seemed like Violet hated her mother from the start, and Blythe saw something in her child that made her wary. They never really connected as Blythe had assumed mothers and daughters did. Even when Violet starts to have problems at pre-school, Blythe's husband, Fox, doesn't see the issue. He thinks it's all in Blythe's head, and she starts to believe him. When Sam is born, Blythe's maternal instinct kicks in. Everyone, including Violet loves Sam. Then the unthinkable happens, and the world Blythe had envisioned crumbles again. My Opinions: This is a really slow moving book. As well, because the chapters are not titled, and it is told in multiple time frames, it is a few paragraphs into each chapter before you figure out which family the author is referencing. Then you have to re-start the chapter with that family in mind. The book is about motherhood, and expectations. It is about husbands and wives and children. It is about marriage and endings. It is about family. It is about 3 generations of women and their love or lack thereof, for their children. It is totally depressing. It is also very well-written, and thought-provoking. It proves my point that not everyone should have children, and often the woman herself knows whether a child is right for her. I still didn't like it, but that just means it wasn't the right book for me. It may be for you. I am still giving it my 3-star good book rating, because the writing was good. I just didn't like the all. I am hoping her next book will be a better fit for me.

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  • Thrilling!

    A terrific debut! This is what I call a page-turning psychological drama! This was for sure a tough read. I would not recommend it to mothers to be or for those who were abused as a kid. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing. I have a hard time reading about child, elderly or animal abuse (the last two are non-existent here), but I was hooked from the beginning. I became the main character. I was in her head and body. I felt her expectations, her pain, her frustrations, her desperation, her fears, her longing. I cried with her. At 25% I did not know if I should keep reading because I was emotionally too attached. And for that I must praise the author, as she did a superb job. The writing is very simple and the chapters are very short, but you can feel and see the character’s development. The storyline and characters felt too real to be ignored. The whole time I was afraid of the outcome. I was a bit turn off when the stalking started, and I did not think it was necessary (it’s been done too many times), but fortunately it did not last. There are so many triggers: mental health, child abuse, relationships, miscarriage, death of an infant, stalking, suicide... Why 5 stars? Any author that makes me oblivious of my surroundings is, in my opinion, a winner. But this book is definitely not for everyone.

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  • Pager turner for sure

    I don’t read a book in one day very often but this one was impossible to put down. It’s disturbing but captivating, leaves you wondering. I really liked her writing style well done! Can’t wait for her next book...

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