The Push - Ashley Audrain

The Push

By Ashley Audrain

  • Release Date: 2021-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 574 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.


  • 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.
  • The Push

    By jimmy mcdigger
    I'm sitting here just stunned! I'm a fan of suspense and this girl put it over the top! I was hooked from the first page and could not put it down until the very end. I need more from this author!
  • Artfully crafted

    By Mfny
    Gripping. Highly recommend
  • The Push

    By susanweaves
    Intense! Great read!
  • Loved it

    By Cini kc
    Fast paced and engaging. Devoured it in two settings. Dark and intriguing subject matter. Hoping for more
  • WOW!

    By jamisonsmum
    This is the best book I have read In years. Could not put it down and was so sad when the last page came. Brilliant!!
  • The Push

    By Miss Carolyn Ann
    Loved this book. Very insightful about motherhood. Great book for discussion about the insecurities of Motherhood