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 a heart-pounding exploration of motherhood, obsession and the terrible price of unconditional love.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘A blockbusting debut about the dark side of motherhood. Gripping, clever, vividly realised . . . the ending left me flabbergasted’ GUARDIAN
‘I read it in one sitting. Not to be missed’ LISA JEWELL
A Book to Watch in 2021! As selected by:
Grazia, Vogue, Red, Stylist, Marie Claire, Sunday Mirror, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Sun, Hello!, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Porter
‘An inventive twist on the psychological thriller formula. Audrain sustains the suspense expertly’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘I can’t stop thinking and talking about it . . . it has absolutely blown me away’ CANDICE BRAITHWAITE
‘I was gripped from the first word to the last. I’ve been wanting a book to take me back to how I felt when I first read We Need to Talk About Kevin. That full body experience of reading, when you close the book but can’t function until you know how it ends . . . I really recommend this one’ DAWN O’PORTER
‘Powerful and immersive’ EMMA STONEX, author of The Lamplighters
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‘I think she pushed him,’ I said to you quietly. ‘I think she pushed him . . .’
The arrival of baby Violet was meant to be the happiest day of my life. But as soon as I held her in my arms I knew something wasn’t right.
I had 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 an unsettling, breathtaking and powerful read about obsession and our deepest fears that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
‘Taut, chilling, executed with gripping precision. Audrain nimbly stokes the mystery’ New York Times
‘A suspenseful thriller. Will have you in its grips from the very first page – and stay with you long after you’ve put it down. Do not miss’ Heat
‘Suspenseful, dark and intriguing . . . essential for book groups’ Stylist
‘Unsettling, visceral, provocative, compulsive’ Sarah Vaughan
‘The most thought-provoking exploration of motherhood since We Need to Talk About Kevin‘ Clare Pooley, bestselling author of The Authenticity Project
‘Fans of ‘mum noir’ are in for a treat’ Daily Mail
‘Audrain sustains the suspense expertly through assured handling of her unravelling protagonist’s voice’ Sunday Times
**Soon to be adapted for the screen by the producer of Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Marriage Story and Gravity**