Today, it’s my spot on the blog tour for Ashley Audrain’s debut novel The Push. My copy was kindly gifted by the publishers.
This review is of a much anticipated debut novel The Push by Ashley Audrain. But first, what’s it about? Here’s the synopsis:
What if your experience of motherhood was nothing like what you hoped for – but everything you always feared?
‘The women in this family, we’re different . . .’
The arrival of baby Violet was meant to be the happiest day of my life. A fresh start.
But as soon as I held her in my arms, I knew something wasn’t right.
I have always known that the women in my family weren’t meant to be mothers.
My husband Fox says I’m imagining it, but she’s different with me. Something feels very wrong.
Is it her? Or is it me?
Is she the monster? Or am I?
The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive read asking what happens when women are not believed – and challenging everything we think we know about motherhood.
I was really looking forward to reading this book and to be honest I’m still a bit unsure how I feel about it. Firstly, I think this is a novel with a powerful, emotional and dramatic plot at the heart of the novel. I love how it explores the theme of motherhood in a different way than some other books and it was increadibly readable – I finished half of it in one sitting.
But on the other hand, I found the writing incredibly tedious and grating. I think this is sort of the point as the main character is a writer and writing her side of the story but I just didn’t connect with the story in a way I would have liked. It just felt too on the nose and I would have liked to see the themes and characters go deeper and more rounded.
It has the air of Girl on the Train, Gone Girl or Big Little Lies where you just know that this is destined to be on the big screen with Amy Adams or Nicole Kidman in the lead role. Overall, this is a powerful story but lacks the substance to get to the real core of the story and characters. Something was missing for me and I found the writing incredibly grating. But I think it’s going to be a big success for fans of a blockbuster book. But sadly, not for me…
A big thank you to the publishers for my copy and you can get a signed special edition with purple sprayed edges on Waterstones!
Have you read The Push? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!