The Push - Ashley Audrain

The Push

By Ashley Audrain

  • Release Date: 2021-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,380 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.


  • The ending

    By bellajean1811
    Amazing book and so hard to put down! I absolutely hated how it ended though! I needed more at the end!
  • Overall pretty good

    By Cyndy Mehrtens
    Good sometimes slow though in my opinion. Interesting though. Not a book I’d be like oh you have to read it
  • Captured me from the start

    By sweetpea_18
    This book was amazing. I finished it in 24 hours.
  • Crazy but worth it

    By Brynleelynae
    Incredible book. It’s kind of hard to follow at the beginning but then you begin to understand what’s going on between the two story lines. This book is one that makes you think about people in your own life. Recommend 100%
  • suspenseful & realistic

    By hrt2570
    A must read! However I was a little disappointed by the ending.
  • Incredible

    By sadefibaugh95
    It’s clear that Audrain has a talent for suspense—I couldn’t put this book down. And unlike other thriller-suspense novels, you feel as if you know the main character, Blythe. You’re living through her generational trauma, allowing you to better understand what she’s seeing and why she’s framing her life in the ways she does. Only criticism: Would have liked more from the ending. Otherwise, this is a must read novel.
  • Take a day, you’ll read this in one sitting

    By Moeygirl
    What a page turner. I couldn’t put this book down.
  • An Honest Review

    By The folly
    I absolutely love this book, and I'm typically not much of a reader. It was a difficult yet captivating book to read that left me wanting more. It had the right balance of well-developed, yet predicable moments, and blunt, unexpected twists. Although I am not a mother, I felt every ounce of Blythe's experience, to the point of hatred for a young girl. My only complaint is that people are rating the book unfairly. Books should not be rated poorly because your trauma made them difficult to read. The book is raw and unapologetic, expect that.
  • Kinda slow

    By Lauraspecs
    An ok book, it’s a bit slow. The story is very depressing.
  • Wow

    By 7232010bpw
    Read the entire book in one day which isn’t something I usually make time to do. This book is dark. So hard to put down though.