The Push: Mother. Daughter. Angel. Monster?
OH, MY GOODNESS!
This book has left me feeling more than a little unsettled. I had actual goosebumps at the end, and it made my blood run cold on more than one occasion.
Blythe didn’t have the easiest, most loving childhood. Her mother wasn’t really the maternal type, and that’s putting it mildly. Her mother’s mother wasn’t either. Blythe is determined to break that cycle though by being the best mother she can be when she has her own children.
When their baby girl, Violet, is born her worst fears are realised. She feels instantly that something is not quite right with her daughter and they struggle to bond. Her husband thinks she’s imagining things and that she should make more of an effort, but you can almost feel the hostility Violet has towards her mother as she grows. I can’t even begin to imagine. Violet is a proper Daddy’s girl too. In his eyes she can do no wrong. The way Violet seems to manipulate them from such a young age is quite terrifying.
Is she this manipulative little monster though, or is Blythe just paranoid and fixated on there having to be something wrong with her? I honestly changed my mind a hundred times throughout this story and I’m still not 100% convinced. I do know that my heart went out to Blythe, even more so as the story progresses.
When they have their baby boy, Sam, Blythe is determined to prove she can be loved by at least one of her children. They bond immediately and Blythe finally has what she has always dreamed of. Violet seems to share a loving relationship with him at first, but I admit I was feeling nervous from the moment he was born, so I could totally understand where Blythe was coming from. How awful to feel like that about a little girl though. I tried to convince myself that Blythe had it all wrong and that things would work out fine, but I knew there was more heartache to come.
I can’t really explain how much I physically felt the emotion, the despair, the panic, and the desperation Blythe felt throughout this story.
A powerful, dark, tense, heart-wrenching, and utterly compelling read which I think will stay with me forever. I highly recommend!
Many thanks to the author and publisher for my ebook review copy via Netgalley.