Do you think you know mind-fuck? You really don’t! Claire Wallis proves that you really, really don’t. On that cheerful note, welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal 🙂 Follow the rest of the Push tour here!
I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.
I hope the cyclone never stops.
Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It’s why she moved far away from home. It’s why she’s kept no ties with her remaining family. And it’s why she’s got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma’s walking a dangerous line, but David’s pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist…
This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.
First thoughts? Readers, if you survive the dual prologue that this book has, then you’ll survive the rest of the book.
I’m not really a reader of the Thriller genre—simply because I like to stay informed. I like to know everything there is to know about each character, and I like to see these characters grow. And even in the off chance where I read Thrillers, I stick to YA because then the characters (and their reactions) are something I can understand.
But no YA Thriller could have ever prepared me for the divine mind-fuck that is Push.
Push begins with Emma Searfoss moving to a completely new place, in order to begin anew. She has finally escaped from her abusive stepfather and now all she has to do is find a job and settle in well. But then she meets cool, calm, collected David. He fixes her kitchen and teaches her how to love again. He’s the perfect boyfriend; he’s protective (a bit too much, for my taste), he’s supportive, he loves her, and he gets adorably nervous in the ways boys sometimes do.
But David has a terrible secret. All of his six ex-girlfriends have disappeared. Completely fallen off the face of the Earth.
Will Emma be next?
As far as characters go, I don’t even know whom to like. I mean, there’s Emma on one side. She’s deeply scarred, thanks to her asshole stepfather and her stupid brothers. And while I felt like Emma was slowly moving past the bitterness that she had for her past, there were moments where the hate completely consumed her. David helped her, but there’s only so much he could do. I’d have loved to see Emma showing more maturity when it came to certain things regarding her work people and David’s “friends.”
As for David…phew. The less I say, the better, simply because I don’t want to give away anything about this guy. Instead, I’ll simply tell you about the way he was with Emma. Like I said earlier, Emma had definitely suffered some psychological trauma, having lived with an abusive stepfather for very long. And it made me absolutely happy to see that David supported Emma in everything…no matter how she needed the support. He was patient and kind with her, but pushed her to just the right limit in order to help her out of her comfort zone. And he never did it in a way that came across as insensitive or cruel.
But he was also a bit overprotective…a little too much considering he’d only just met her. I understand the urge to shield the person you like from any emotional distress, but sometimes it’s healthier to just give the person some space to make his or her own mistakes.
A few things were still left unanswered and I’m hoping that the sequel Pull will answer them for me. A little darker and twisted than I’m used to and definitely more surprising than I’d expected, but if you’re into Psychological Thrillers with sexy times, I’d definitely recommend Push to you 🙂
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Claire Wallis has penned hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles over the last ten years, with science playing the lead role in almost all of them. Though non-fiction writing will forever be her first love, fiction has unexpectedly swooped in, hooked her by the soul, and become her true love. As a result of this coup d’état, Claire’s writing career has made a complete U-turn, and instead of rocks, plants, insects, and microbes, she is now putting human characters in the lead.
Claire’s previous jobs include working at a limestone quarry, hawking vegetables at a farmer’s market, clerking at the dollar store, and convincing new mothers that they need to renew their subscription to that parenting magazine in order for their child to survive. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly awesome husband and son.