Top critical review
Dark, engaging and emotional however, there were no twists and the ending was predictable.
Reviewed in Australia on 26 April 2021
The Push was less of a thriller and more of a dark, psychological family drama. I was hoping to be kept guessing however, there was no major twist and the ending was very predictable. Though that being said it was a solid read (3.5) as I finished it within the day! It was well written, suspenseful, emotional and thoroughly engaging.
The book is told from Blyth’s perspective and in the form of a letter, as well as different timelines of Blythe’s past and of her mother and grandmother. Blythe wanted to be a good mother and wife like what her husband/society expects but she knew she was different, that she had thoughts that she shouldn’t have. We slowly learn about her past and why she thinks the way she does. It gave insight into Blythe’s complex character however, it doesn’t add to the mystery like I thought it would. I was never guessing whether or not it was all in her head like the blurb suggested.
Blythe’s character development sure was an emotional roller coaster, I felt so invested! She started off as a creepy stalker, then after her first child Violet, to a mother/wife struggling with depression. This changed after having Sam, where she became a happy and loving mother. I was really rooting for her! I suspected what was coming next but desperately hoped I was wrong. Sadly, as expected, the event changed everything and I felt so sad and heart broken for Blythe! Even though her actions that followed were wrong, I still couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.
In the end I was left feeling unsatisfied as the ending was predictable. Although there were no twists and turns it was still an addictive read.