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'The women in this family, we're different....'

Blythe Connor doesn't want history to repeat itself.

Violet is her first child and she will give her daughter all the love she deserves. All the love that her own mother withheld.

But firstborns are never easy. And Violet is demanding and fretful. She never smiles. Soon Blythe believes she can do no right - that something's very wrong. Either with her daughter, or herself.

Her husband, Fox, says she's imagining it. But Violet's different with him. And he can't understand what Blythe suffered as a child. No one can.

Blythe wants to be a good mother. But what if that's not enough for Violet? Or her marriage? What if she can't see the darkness coming?

Mother and daughter. Angel or monster?

We don't get to choose our inheritance - or who we are.... 

The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive listen that asks what happens when women are not believed - and what if motherhood isn't everything you hoped for but everything you always feared? 

©2020 Ashley Audrain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-21

Gripping, shocking and brilliant

Gripping, shocking and brilliant. Slow start but brilliant story. Could be a brilliant movie. Excellent thriller. I want more

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  • Janet biglari
  • 10-01-21

Superior in every way beautifully written

This book blew me away it is extraordinary, one of those books that stays with and haunts the listener. It is essentially a story of motherhood told in flashbacks over three generations of women. It questions nature v nurture and the ability to love passed on mother to child. The three women's stories are so similar placed in different generations with different social constructs, it questions the belief that you automatically love the child you give birth to. Blythe the most recent mother struggles with loving her first child Violet, is she even loveable or is Blythe's past impinging on her ability to give Violet love? Could the tragedy that occurs have been avoided and that is central to Blythe's character throughout the second half of the book. The writer so beautifully captures each women's torment, this book is so well written the dialogue sparse and totally relevant no frills. It was one of those books I wanted to listen to in one sitting and then felt bereaved when it was finished. The narrator was superb and I just cannot fault this wonderful book.

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  • Rachel
  • 22-01-21

Made me think

This is one of those books that leaves its mark. I had to sit back for a while after closing it.
I was hooked immediately. I loved the protagonist - really felt for her and went with her.
Was slightly confusing on audiobook when went back in time - sometimes took a while to realise. Also ‘you’ was used to mean different people which was also hard to follow.
I loved this book though it’s not the sort of book you can say you loved easily. Well written and poignant. I don’t often write a full review - says a lot.

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  • Mrs R.
  • 21-01-21

Excellent

Beautifully narrated, this is an excellent, gripping story which keeps you wondering every second. Highly recommended.

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  • Suzy D
  • 17-01-21

wow

Brutally honest. About a mother's instincts entwined with her doubts. This is a very powerful read / listen. Highly recommended.

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  • Shannon
  • 17-02-21

Couldn’t put it down!

I loved this booked, it is touching and sad and beautifully written. The audible narration is great too.

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  • miss h l chirgwin
  • 16-02-21

Simply amazing

What a totally and utterly addictive listen.
You can’t stop listening.
I’m still emotional 24 hours after finishing it. You will gasp out loud (hopefully not walking the dog round the neighbourhood like I did).

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  • Marissa
  • 13-02-21

The Best Audible Story I Have Ever Listened Too

This is literally the best most raw, emotionally charged book I have ever listened too. I was riveted from the start and am still reeling hours after finishing the book. I could not stop listening to find out what happened next and cannot recommend this highly enough. A must read!

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  • Angela
  • 06-02-21

Bittersweet

I’ve never written a review on Audible and I’ve listened to hundreds of books over the last 5 years.
This book is haunting and I will never forget the emotional intensity.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

A masterpiece

A chilling story about the the bonds between mother and child. I finished it in two days! Dark and suspenseful. Can’t wait for another book from this author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-21

Wow, what a powerful book.!

I don't often write full reviews but this book touched me . At first I thought it wasn't for me as it is written in a way that is quite sorrowful . The pain and loneliness of the main character is easily felt and is very moving. A must read (or listen to!) for anyone who has ever loved and lost has been a Mother, a daughter or has been betrayed by a loved one.