This book contains affiliate links. The Push by Ashley Audrain shows a dark side of motherhood that is not discussed or even acknowledged. This book gave me a lot to think about, especially our societal expectations for motherhood and raising children.
About The Push
Imagine that you have your first child, and you know something is not right. This child is always fussy with you. As she ages, you find her manipulative and cunning. You see her being mean to others. Yet, in everyone else’s eyes, she’s a sweet, smart child who is kind to others.
Is there an issue with your child? Or is it you?
Are you a terrible mother?
Do you see things that aren’t there?
Are you the one who is cunning and manipulative?
This is the world of Blythe Connor. However, Blythe Connor had a miserable upbringing, as did her mother before her, so whenever Blythe brings up concerns about their daughter, Violet, her husband, Fox, immediately dismisses her. Fox knew about her troubled background and was sure Blythe would make a wonderful mother. But when Blythe constantly points out flaws with Violet that Fox knows don’t exist, he begins to wonder if he was right in his assessment about the kind of mother Blythe would be.
Then a tragedy occurs, and their entire world rips apart.
My Thoughts on This Book
I read this book quickly; it was a page-turner, and I found myself wondering if Blythe was telling the truth. However, while this book is a psychological thriller, I didn’t find it quite as engaging or as surprising as a book like The Silent Patient.
I give The Push by Ashley Audrain 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.