The Push – Published 2021
“Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.
But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do.
Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.
Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.
The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.” – Goodreads
I was very weary about starting this book, due to the trigger warnings that I had seen. Anything with the loss of a child is too much for me, now that I have kids. However, I will say that I was able to handle this one better than I anticipated, because it is more of a psychological thriller than I expected.
This book is very dark. It will have you thinking negatively about a young child and questioning yourself for feeling that way. It is also a very heavy depiction of postpartum depression, and that can be very hard to read. While it has some short, choppy chapters that make it read very quickly, it is also a very complex analysis of generations of women who have suffered the same response to motherhood. For a psychological thriller, it’s heavy on the tears and punches in the gut.
To say that I “liked” this seems strange, because it is not likable. However, it’s written well, it’s powerful, and it is absolutely shocking. But, yeah, I liked it. It’s a really good book.