The Push - Ashley Audrain

The Push

By Ashley Audrain

  • Release Date: 2021-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,273 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.


  • Disturbing

    By luckypenni6
    Disturbing and sad and complicated. I couldnt stop thinking about it.
  • Riveting!

    By Blitz Wan
    I could not put this book down! Every chapter left me wanting to read more through the very end. Highly recommend!
  • 4 stars

    By Gece84
    Intriguing, well written, keep you guessing till the end
  • Gripping, heart-wrenching, beautifully written thriller that grabs you from beginning to end.

    By tura-not-happy
    If you’re a woman who’s feeling pressured by family and friends to become a mother, yet you’re not ready, then start reading The Push. Then press the book into their hands. The brave ones won’t be able to put it down. The cowards will shoo it away in denial and fear.
  • Yikes

    By Finndawg81
    Holy crap is all I can say. Buckle up.
  • Enjoyed this read

    By fluffygirl2
    The characters in this book are well developed. The story was good and the ending was telling.
  • Best book I have read in years

    By Readyforriding
    I bought this book around noon on a Friday and could not put it down. It is 3am as I write this, Saturday, and I’m just now finishing it. It is astonishingly good.
  • So good!

    By neen_ringletts
    The ending left my heart In a panic!
  • Heart wrenching

    By Rowalk89
    Well written and great read. Many readers will find connections with their own lives.
  • 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!