When I was looking for something a little bit of a thriller to read around Halloween, I found The Push. I don’t do really scary, spooky or horror so this was just what I was looking for. The book is about a baby group – 6 couples were all in the group, all set to have their babies around the same time of the year so they were learning about everything they needed to know to be better prepared in this group. While they all came from completely different backgrounds, they all had their babies and due dates in common. A few of the characters are focused on a bit more than others and it took me a while to get everyone straight and their stories and all that as well as figure out who it was who ended up dead! (The death happens quite early on but there’s a lot of flashbacks and flashforwards, so beware if that kind of thing is tricky for you – I did almost bust out a notebook and keep a character guide at one point.) Once I got about halfway through the book, everything was sort of making sense. Well, I knew who was who, at least. There were still several mysteries to be solved. Some of them I figured out early, some of them ended up blindsiding me. All in all, a quick mysterious read that left me satisfied.
I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
From the bestselling author of What You Did comes a stunning psychological thriller. One party. Thirteen people. By 3.02 p.m., one of them will be dead.
The party should have been perfect: six couples from the same baby group, six newborns, a luxurious house. But not everything has gone to plan, and while some are here to celebrate, others have sorrows to drown. When someone falls from the balcony of the house, the secrets and conflicts within the group begin to spill out …
DS Alison Hegarty, herself struggling with infertility, is called in to investigate. She’s convinced the fall was not an accident, and finds the new parents have a lot to hide. Wealthy Ed and Monica show off their newborn while their teenage daughter is kept under virtual house arrest. Hazel and Cathy conceived their longed-for baby via an anonymous sperm donor—or so Hazel thinks. Anita and Jeremy planned to adopt from America, but there’s no sign of the child. Kelly, whose violent boyfriend disrupted previous group sessions, came to the party even though she lost her baby. And then there’s Jax, who’s been experiencing strange incidents for months—almost like someone’s out to get her. Is it just a difficult pregnancy? Or could it be payback for something she did in the past?
It’s a nightmare of a case, and as events get even darker it begins to look impossible. Only one thing is clear: they all have something to hide. And for one of them, it’s murder.