I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire McGowan on Babble, where one of the numerous things we chatted about is her latest novel, The Push, a murder mystery thriller and the definition of a “page turner”, however boring I find that description. Especially when I read it on my Kindle, so maybe “a real page swiper” can be the digital version? Patent pending.
The crime happens at an anti-natal BBQ – the kind of place you wouldn’t expect conflict, right? Maybe a passive aggressive suggestion that someone shouldn’t be bottle-feeding their child, but not someone being thrown off a balcony. Through the unravelling of the crime by two cops who know something’s up despite everyone’s insistence that it was an accident, we see the dark side of pregnancy: the competition, the judgement, the longing, the regret, the pressure, and all the insecurities and secrets that influence the characters’ behaviour and result in a death.
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