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Title: Baby Teeth
Author: Zoje Stage
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Publish Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
My Rating: 3/5
MEET HANNA: Seven-year-old Hanna is a sweet-but-silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father Alex. He’s the only person who understands her. But her mother Suzette stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.
MEET SUZETTE: Suzette loves her daughter, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. She’s also becoming increasingly frightened by Hanna’s little games, while her husband Alex remains blind to the failing family dynamics. Soon, Suzette starts to fear that maybe their supposedly innocent baby girl may have a truly sinister agenda.
A battle of wills between mother and daughter reveals the frailty and falsehood of familial bonds in award-winning playwright and filmmaker Zoje Stage’s tense novel of psychological suspense, Baby Teeth.
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Suzette and Alex’s daughter, Hanna, is a difficult child. They want to raise her in a loving environment, but it is proving more and more difficult as Hanna’s behavior becomes worse.
Baby Teeth is told from alternating points of view – Suzette and Hanna. Suzette is not only dealing with her difficult child, but also suffers from chronic illness. This combination has created a lot of stress and unhappiness in her life. She notices how devious Hanna is, but Alex doesn’t want to believe anything bad about his little girl. Hanna is seven-years-old, but doesn’t speak and displays anti-social behavior. Hannah is super creepy and diabolical. Suzette is to the point where she can no longer handle Hanna’s behavior, and Hanna is only becoming more cruel toward her mother.
I read a lot of mixed reviews on Baby Teeth, and had originally decided to pass on reading it. I ended up borrowing it from my local library. I found it to be an entertaining and quick read. Some parts were compelling, and I was curious what would happen, but other parts fell flat. Good for fans of psychological thrillers like The Perfect Child and other books featuring creepy kids.
6 thoughts on “Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage [Book Review]”
Yeah, this one was hard to review. I was disappointed in how the father was designed. It seemed the parents were doing everything but the obvious choice. That frustrated me.
Creepy kid stories always get to me. I understand why the parents had a hard time facing facts, but they did seem slow to respond when things started escalating.
I’ve seen many mixed reviews on this book, too, Darinda. It’s on my shelf and I do plan to read it…eventually. Thanks for your honest and thoughtful review!
Thanks, Jonetta! Hope you enjoy it!
This book definitely messed with my head but it got the job done in a pretty fun way! I think we gave it the same star rating. Great review!