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The Push
The Push | Ashley Audrain
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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. It was meant to be 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 aren't meant to be mothers. My husband Fox says I'm imagining it. He tells me I'm nothing like my own mother, and that Violet is the sweetest child. 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 a heart-pounding exploration of motherhood, obsession and the terrible price of unconditional love.
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magyklyXdelish
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This was a story that broke my heart so many times. It was unexpectedly depressing with how real and raw this felt. It‘s not a happy story, which I mean I wasn‘t exactly expecting, but it never had any moments of levity. I loved this story and appreciated it for what it was but I don‘t think I could ever bring myself to read it again. The only thing keeping it from a 5 was the abrupt ending even though it was an expected end.

#BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2w
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magyklyXdelish
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Be careful what you wish for. I wanted a book I couldn‘t put down because of my slump and that‘s what I‘ve got. However the more I read the more bummed out I get. Any books that deal with toxic mother/daughter relationships or perceived mental illnesses in those relationships, always hits me harder than anything else. There‘s another aspect I wasn‘t prepared for as well. As my husband and I talk about having kids, I always find myself having ⬇️⬇️

magyklyXdelish …a lot of the same fears and worries as Blythe. I‘m terrified of anything having to do with PPD or anything that even looks like it, so this is playing on those fears of mine and I‘ve found myself teary eyed a lot reading this. 2w
magyklyXdelish I think I need to pick a happy book after this one 😩🙈 2w
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magyklyXdelish
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I‘ve only read 2 books this month. Man this year has just been awful for reading. I ended last year with 117 read and made my goal for this year 150. Only done 80 so far this year. Feeling kinda bummed about it. However I only need 2 more books to get the socks from #BOTM so I‘m gonna start this one tonight. Hope it‘s good enough to hook me right away since I‘m in a never ending slump.

The elusive Mr Frank is my reading buddy tonight 🤗

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You have done awesome! I wish I had read that many!! 🎉🎉🎉 2w
magyklyXdelish @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks friend! I know I just need to change my perspective 🙂 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @magyklyXdelish I‘ve got to do better!!! 2w
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OutAndAbout
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Such an unsettling build up and a disturbing end, in the best way possible. Excellent writing. I liked that the pace was so quick. I couldn‘t settle into the story. Much as Blythe could never settle into her motherhood role.

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IuliaC
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Although themes like generational trauma, weak men who trigger family disintegration, parental strain in raising children have been approached by many authors before, this thriller is still enthralling and disturbing. I found the ending to be both expected and unexpected!
A realistic drama which has probably been experienced by many...

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IuliaC
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“Marriages can float apart. Sometimes we don‘t notice how far we‘ve gone until all of a sudden, the water meets the horizon and it feels like we‘ll never make it back.”

“We could have counted our problems on the petals of the daisy in my bouquet, but it wouldn‘t be long before we were lost in a field of them.”

Chelsea.Poole Lovely photo! 1mo
IuliaC @Chelsea.Poole thank you! 😊 1mo
DivineDiana Agree with @Chelsea.Poole 1mo
IuliaC @DivineDiana thank you 🤗 1mo
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sharread
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Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1mo
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Clwojick
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I always enjoy a good creepy kid story, and this one did not disappoint! 🖤 #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2021 #LittenListen #spookoweenreadathon #Anywayyoureadathon

MartinaLove I own this one!! To many great books to read. 🙈 2mo
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Clwojick
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Next up! 🖤 #TeamSlaughter

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DarkMina
The Push | Ashley Audrain
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151 of 2021. Book 2 of #spookoweenreadathon . Wow! This book was crazy. I felt sorry for Blythe. ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

Pages read: 680

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Excellant! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs Love love love your photos 🍃🌺🌿 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you!! 😘 2mo
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Kappadeemom
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Today‘s reading 🥰🥰

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WJCintron
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A BOTM book I‘ve been dying to read. 😃 I have big expectations for this one. 😍 LOVE the cover!!
#thepush #ashleyaudrain #botm #bookclub #

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BeaG
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WOW! I really felt bad for Blythe throughout the book.

WJCintron I‘m about to start reading that one. 😃👍 4mo
BeaG @WJCintron let me know what you think of it. 4mo
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EadieB
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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❤📖📚 4mo
EadieB @TheSpineView You‘re welcome! 4mo
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Cazxxx
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I read this over the course of today, literally could not put it down! Blythe thinks there‘s something wrong with her daughter but no one sees what she sees, is she going crazy or are her feelings about her own child true?
I loved the ending to this one, it felt really satisfying
4 ⭐️

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Lmass23
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I heard good things about this one! Hopefully it‘s good!

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ckittle019
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The last line of this book!!!😱 What a great psychological ride! Without giving any spoilers I think this book deserves an epilogue that goes like this:
Everyone visits the main character and apologizes to her for COMPLETELY blowing off her concerns and she just tells them “I told you so”. The end.

WJCintron 👍 Currently reading 😃 3mo
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Sweettartlaura
The Push | Ashley Audrain
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I read a lot of books last month.
These were my favorites.
#Julywrapup

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Anne1103
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I absolutely loved this book! Yes, a bit twisted but an interesting read about mother/daughter relationships (whatever they might be) through generations. It‘s still got me thinking about my own family and the dynamics between the women over the years. Very thought-provoking.

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Jgacreations
The Push | Ashley Audrain
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Wow! The bad seed meets mommy dearest. The ending…….great read.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Eggs 👏🏻📚👍🏼 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜🖤💜 4mo
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SheilaChew
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Reading this slightly disturbing book about a young mother while enjoying the sunset and a boozy drink.

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Kaarin
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So bananas 🍌& lots of fun. Modern version of The Bad Seed. I found myself having to put it down for short periods because my heart was racing!

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Dooleynoted
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Five stars

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Melismatic
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I feel like I held my breath when I started this and didn‘t let it out till I finished. The type of thriller that borders on true horror, because of its familiarity and how close it knocks on your own door.

This is intense, involves trauma/death of children, and is *not* for everyone. But was incredibly well written.

ChaoticMissAdventures That ending though 😳👏 5mo
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ncsufoxes
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As I have been reading more about Attachment theory (since it‘s part of my thesis), this story really resonated with my research. When Blythe has a hard time attaching to her daughter because of her past trauma & lack of attachment with her own mother it leads to (extreme) consequences. The book touches on the cycle of trauma and how it can be hard to break from. People think that parenting just comes naturally but this book showed a different

ncsufoxes Side when someone comes from a traumatic background. As a researcher in child & family development I found this book interesting & highlights some of the issues surrounding trauma, attachment, parenting. I liked the book & it was a quick read for me but definitely not a perfect book but I enjoyed it. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 5mo
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ReadingEnvy
The Push | Ashley Audrain
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 224: School's Out with Elizabeth

Elizabeth is back, and on a school break, when she can read more of the books she has been meaning to get to. We also solve a literary mystery before the end of this episode.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy224

Centique Finally got to this and it was great thanks Jenny! So impressed with those essays by Brian Doyle 😍 5mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique I know I really need to get to him. Novel first but the essays seem great. 5mo
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TrishB
The Push | Ashley Audrain
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#kindledailydeal got this one today 👍🏻
And The Offing - which looked worth a read.

squirrelbrain I just bought both of these too. 5mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain we should be kindle ambassadors! 5mo
BarbaraBB I had a good time with The Push! @squirrelbrain 5mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB I nearly brought it after your review, then decided I‘d see if an offer came up! Very happy it did. 5mo
BarbaraBB It‘s a decent psychological thriller! Don‘t have too high expectations 5mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB my expectations for these reads just tend to veer towards an entertaining read! 5mo
BarbaraBB Then you‘ll be fine 🖤 5mo
Caroline2 I got these two too. 😆 👍 @squirrelbrain @TrishB 5mo
squirrelbrain Great minds @Caroline2 😁 5mo
TrishB @Caroline2 we have to keep with the kindle offers! 5mo
Caroline2 I‘m obsessed lately! I‘m proper disappointed if there aren‘t any decent ones when I look each morning! 😆 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
TrishB @Caroline2 me too! It always gives me a great start to the day when there‘s something I‘ve been waiting for. 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 27/21

A decent reading week with two more countries ticked off for #ReadingAsia2021. And I really liked The Push!

Cinfhen 🥳 5mo
Megabooks Great week! 5mo
TrishB Glad you enjoyed them 👍🏻 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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Is her daughter a psychopath or is she herself just unfit to be a mother, like her own mother was? And the mother of her mother?
This psychological thriller about nature and nurture kept me guessing and turning pages. Good!
#Doublespin

BarbaraBB The right book at the right time! Thanks for sending me this @Cinfhen and recommending it @Megabooks 🤍 (edited) 5mo
eeclayton What a fabulous photo! ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB @eeclayton Thanks 🤍! It‘s my terrace seen from my balcony! (edited) 5mo
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Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it!! That is a fantastic picture. Are you hanging over a balcony?? 5mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes I am 🤣 5mo
Megabooks That is commitment my dear friend!! 😂👍🏻 5mo
AmyG Great photo. 5mo
LeahBergen Love the photo! 5mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks 😂😂 5mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Glad you enjoyed this one!!! Niki & I were both fans too and it was originally a gift from @Megabooks so it‘s traveled the globe 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Booklover2
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This is definitely a 3 star for me. It was just a retreading of books that have been done before, only they were better, Baby Teeth, We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Bad Seed. I couldn‘t connect with anyone especially our main protagonist who I had to spend all my time in her mind with her thoughts. Ending was predictable, I was hoping it would wow me in the end and make it all worth my wild reading.

Alfoster Agreed! Although I did like it…didn‘t anticipate the ending!🥰 5mo
Booklover2 I think ive just been jaded lol. When I read We Need to Talk About Kevin, the shock was so intense for me, nothing compares. 5mo
smjohns I just got book mail, and this book was in it! 5mo
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Beccacraft
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This book looks at a young woman, Blythe, who has it all until she becomes a mother to Violet and motherhood is nothing like she thought it would be. It is intense, thrilling, and creepy and I didn‘t want to put it down (or stop listening since I read via audiobook). Explores nature vs nurture regarding parenting kids who show evil tendencies.

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Jnnlb
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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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Booknerd222
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Does it get better?? I‘m honestly bored.

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BookishTrish
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Is it nature or nurture? Having survived a shitty childhood with a mother who needed help she never got, Blythe feels ambivalent (at best) about new motherhood. She soon becomes convinced her daughter Violet is capable of evil. A fast-paced non-literary We Need To Talk About Kevin

Alfoster Loved this one too!❤️👍 6mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Spot on! 5mo
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Bookboss
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I have read books on the same topic: The Fifth Child and We Need to Talk About Kevin the most memorable. This novel was full of dread and uncertainty, but I enjoyed racing through it. The writing isn‘t as literary as the other two novels, but it was very engaging. The question of whether the child is inherently evil or if the child is just poorly parented is a fascinating one.

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Bren912
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Page turning. Heart pounding. Thought provoking. Yikes. At every corner I questioned who was warped. But I will let YOU decide!! Get this book! (I waited four plus months for the library hold)

AmyG I loved it. 6mo
Cazxxx I‘m dying to read this! 6mo
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Booknerd222
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Another June #botm pick

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BookishTrish
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Super fun #bookmail day!

jdiehr I have that towel! 😄 6mo
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Sydneypaige
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Not a traditional thriller, but a twisted and drama filled book nonetheless. I heard rumors that a movie would be coming from this debut novel and I would be interested enough to watch it. A bit predictable, but overall an important portrayal of pieces of motherhood that is often untold with difficulty bonding with children, anxiety, and generational trauma.

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Bren912
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Im so far behind in my reading schedule!!! Looking forward to this page turner!

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Booknerd2
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I couldn‘t put it down! Basically, you have to figure out if the mother‘s crazy and a product of lineage or if her young daughter is a psychopath!!
So good!!!!

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MelKelsey
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Book 64 A psychological thriller about a mother, unable to bond with her young daughter, who questions her daughter's capacity to cause harm. It was a very gripping and fast read. Written in second person perspective as the mother addressing the father, the writing is a little awkward. Very enjoyable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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meglynn86
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Well didn‘t see me even enjoying it. And when I finished it I swear I looked like this 😳 for a good hour afterwards. It‘s not my typical genre but I wanted something different. Being it‘s the authors first book I am extremely impressed! 5⭐️s from me for sure!! #thepush #bookspinbingo

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Victoriahoperose
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This book was very good. I liked a lot about it, but I have to say it was just so similar to We Need to Talk About Kevin and Baby Teeth and I liked those books so much more. They were just more satisfying to me. I do like that in this one it leaves you questioning things. I think this book will stay with me. I did think it was very well written and I wish I hadn‘t read the others first because I think it would have changed my opinion.

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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a thriller unlike any I have read before. Blythe is a mother who begins to question her daughters emotions and actions. A devastating event takes place that reinforces what she is thinking about her own daughter.

Jgacreations Ty I‘ve added it to my list! 7mo
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GardenJess
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Finished in less than 24 hours! I enjoyed it - it‘s tense and complicated but a fast read nonetheless. Good if you don‘t mind unlikeable characters, and potentially unreliable narrators. Steer clear if motherhood issues are a sensitive topic for you. #botm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌸🌸 7mo
GardenJess @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks- my favorite flowers. 7mo
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