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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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  • Susie R
  • 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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  • Laura Galway
  • 11-05-21

i actually held my breath many times.

a brilliantly paced book. pitch-perfect plot and heart-wrenching emotion. i savoured every word but not left wanting.

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  • NutShell
  • 11-05-21

I was engrossed!

A fabulous and terrifying look at motherhood and the notion of the maternal. I devoured it. Cleverly written and perfectly narrated. Loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-21

Fabulous

Loved this wonderfully evocative story of motherhood. One of my favourites of 2021. Reminded me in parts of We Need To Talk About Kevin

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  • Sally Goulden
  • 28-04-21

Written perfectly

I loved the style of writing and managed to lose myself in it. The story was gripping though did not offer much in the way of a shock or unexpected twist. It doesn't really need that either. I am looking forward to more from the author

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-21

excellent story well read loved it

loved it will look forward to other books by same writer and the same reader

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  • K8
  • 20-04-21

Couldn't stop listening!

Great story, really addictive. Flew through it. Looking forward to more along the same lines

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

Had me hooked

Thrilling and gripping. I enjoyed this book so much I found myself counting down until I could listen again. Great narration made it easy to listen.

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  • Kerrie
  • 20-04-21

A brilliant, tragic, page turner

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and couldn't stop listening. I felt so invested in the welfare of Blythe whom I felt was treated most unfairly. A sequel would be great but in the meantime I'm just going to have to invent one to my own liking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-21

Interesting!

Not my usual style of reading, however I really enjoyed this book which kept me wondering right up until the end! Interesting concept of “Nature versus Nurture”. The narrator was superb too!

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  • Jussy
  • 12-04-21

Bloody good read

Irreversibly traumatized by this amazing book. Could not put it down once I began. In the realms of We need to talk about Kevin but this book is excellent. The decades of relationship between mothers and daughters. This book will stay with me for a long time. Happy I read it before it became too popular. Great narrator - 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-21

Addictive

Loved this book. Couldn’t put it down! Loved how it was written. The narration was great. Strongly recommend

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  • Nicole Barker
  • 01-04-21

Couldn't stop listening.

I was engaged from the very beginning. What a great book - I actually looked forward to my commute! Highly recommend, and hope there is a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-21

Gripping

I could not stop listening to this gripping story of motherhood and loss. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend.

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  • Harris
  • 11-03-21

Excellent book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Narrator is perfect. The story is so good, I got through the whole book so quickly.. this would make a good movie. I hope there is a sequel. Highly recommend.