The Push


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A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family, about a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for--and everything she feared.ared.

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Dec 28, 2020


My last few books have been quite bleak and a little disturbing - so I thought I would stay on trend for â??The Pushâ??! Blythe and Fox are a happily married couple, but when baby Violet comes along, Blythe has to admit something seemsâ?¦ off about her.

The Push is a psychological thriller told from the perspective of Blythe and it is mainly told as if written for her husband (he is referred to as â??Youâ?? in second person). We also get some flashback snippets of Blytheâ??s own childhood with her mother Cynthia and Cynthiaâ??s childhood with her mother Etta. It was nice to have the other perspectives woven into the story and they really emphasise the debate of nature vs nurture in terms of what makes children what they are. Although Ettaâ??s story is told in italics, the other flashbacks are not titled or dated and arenâ??t used regularly enough so it is a little jolting each time they are presented to the reader.

I actually read the story in one sitting so it did hold my interest, however I did feel like it dragged in places and some of it could have been cut down to make for a more impactful story. The plot reminded me a lot of â??We Need to Talk About Kevinâ?? but I also felt like I had read the story before in other places as well â?" nothing about it felt particularly original or shocking. The end twist I had been waiting for from around the halfway point of the story and so the whole thing felt very predictable, although it was moving in its telling.

Overall The Push was a moving, if predictable read. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK â?" Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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