Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Published July 17th, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Genres Mystery, Thriller
Meet Hanna. She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good. Meet Suzette. She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.
I think that this is one of those books that readers are either going to really like or really dislike. It is definitely different from any book I have ever read but it does contain a lot of shocking scenarios and is just a bit over the top in some parts.
This book is written from both Hanna and Suzette’s perspectives, which makes for an interesting read. Hannah is beyond creepy and hearing everything from her point of view made her even more disturbing. Imaging a child who truly thinks like this and wants to not only hurt her mother, but get rid of her completely, I found to be very disturbing. This is certainly a thriller, but it also reminds of the horror genre, simply by reading from Hanna’s point of view.
I enjoyed the author’s writing and the premise of this story sounded very intriguing. I couldn’t really connect with Suzette’s character which often makes me not as invested in the actual story. And some of the story was a bit over the top, but I think that was the author’s intention. I kept waiting for a like the twist or the climax, and something does happen about 75% of the way through, but I found it to be sort of anti-climatic. The ending wasn’t my favorite either. The books ends in a way that makes me believe the author might plan on writing a sequel in the future. And the cover of this book is pretty great as well.
Overall, I did enjoy the book and it is certainly unlike anything I have read before. Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s press for sending me an ARC of this book.