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Brought to you by Penguin.

'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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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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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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Excellent

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

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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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I couldn't stop listening!

This book was tense, and thrilling and I couldn't put it down. Parts of this story were so relatable as a parent and made me relive certain dark feelings/memories of my own experiences of being a new mother. The story is addictive and I binge listened to the whole thing in 2 days! I never wanted it to end. Please write a sequel!!!!!

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There’s dark, and then there’s pitch black

Who’s to blame? The daughter? The mother? Grandma? Great-Grandma? A chilling story about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters and how it can go so, so wrong. Disturbing and compelling. My ears couldn’t put it down.

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very slow

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The audible version of this book was so well read I was fully immersed.

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absolutely fantastic

excellent narrator, fantastic story and pace. worth a listen..will definitely recommend. very relatable for a lot of mothers / daughters

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Absolutely brilliant. Hooked from the first line.

This is such a brilliant story, well written and beautifully narrated. The kind of book that stays with you. I won't be forgetting this one in a hurry!

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Soooo good!

As a mother, I totally get how hard parenting is. the way the book was portrayed was so interesting and I absolutely loved how it developed and how it shows the way you end up missing things right before your eyes. It was so well written, like a beautiful puzzle, with all the pieces coming together at the end. Soooo good and highly recommended.

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  • 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