The Push by Claire McGowan

Ok, so I know it’s been a few weeks. I have been reading, but did switch gears and read a physical book that I didn’t have to review. Plus one from NetGalley that I only reviewed on there. I tried reading one that I wanted to get into and just couldn’t. And, in between all of that I also had a birthday, anniversary, and staycation and ended up binge-watching The Haunting of Hill House. But I’m back now with a long list of books on NetGalley (starting with The Push by Claire McGowan) that I need to read and review. So let’s get on with it!

Plot Details

The Push by Claire McGowanThe Push is the story of a barbecue gone wrong. Six couples (or what were couples), four babies, and one teenage daughter. Sounds like a heck of a party, right? Well, maybe it was until something went wrong. Someone slipped and fell to their death off of an upstairs balcony. But wait… did they fall? Or was there a… push? (See what I did there?) That’s what Alison and her detective partner Diana are determined to learn. Upon interviewing everyone at the party, it’s easy to tell that most of them are lying. But about what?

My Thoughts

I loved this book! It was another quick read for me. Kind of a locked room mystery, but not exactly. I love how the chapters jump back and forth and bit on the timeline of when the soon-to-be parents all met and what happened at the party. It’s a great way to fill in the details at just the right pace. I honestly was able to guess most of what was going on, but that’s not such a bad thing. Sometimes it’s fun when you’re right about the plot twists! The Push definitely had plenty of them. All of the people in this book really seemed to have some kind of issue going on. But not all of those issues were related to the death at the party. Perhaps the most fun part of it was trying to figure out what did and didn’t have anything to do with the fall from the balcony and how and why it happened.

This was a nice little crime thriller with just enough to keep you guessing. I also enjoyed the deep dive into all the characters. Great mystery, and one I’d recommend is worth checking out. The Push by Claire McGowan is out soon, on November 12. Grab a copy and give it a read!

Rating: 4/5