Title – Push
Author – Claire Wallis
Publication Date – May 1, 2014
Series – Push, #1
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…
I’m sitting here after finishing Push by Claire Wallis and really wracking my brain for how to formulate a review. I’m not quite sure what I expected based off of the synopsis, but what I ended up getting doesn’t even come close to anything I could have dreamed up. While the writing was excellent and the plot kept me beyond intrigued, I’m not sure I could say that Push hit it out of the park for me.
“That self-preservation is a must if I plan to walk away from this. Lies may be the only thing that will save me.”
Both of the main characters have a history, a past that they can’t forget. David has had multiple girlfriends disappear in the past, and Emma is busy running from an incredibly messed up childhood. Together, these two broken characters find a way to fit together and fill some of the cracks in the other. While the sexual chemistry between them was off the charts, I didn’t feel much more from them. David kind of asserted himself into Emma’s life and the relationship progressed from there. At times, it seemed more stalker or possessive than actual interest. He’s protective and I felt like he had some redeeming qualities, but I think the element of mystery was just too overpowering for my taste. We never hear his side of the story so I’m left with just a creepy sort of vibe from him. I did, however, enjoy Emma’s character, but I think that’s in large part because of the glimpses we get of her past. It helps to build her character and cause the reader to sympathize with what she has been through, where she currently is, and where she is headed.
“We all suffer at the hands of secrets, whether we are the cause of them or not. And we are a world of self-martyrs because of it.”
I will say that the plot of Push was unique and absolutely not one I’ve come across before. The writing was pretty good, with minimal errors, and most definitely sucked me into a vortex from the moment I began the prologue. There is a pretty big cliffhanger, but since the next book is out, that shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone considering picking this one up. I’m not sure if I was hoping for an unexpected twist, or I just couldn’t suspend my analytical side to fall into this story, but Push just didn’t hit it out of the park for me. I will, probably at some point, pick up the second novel to see how it will all come together.
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Pull (Push #2)
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.