NetGalley Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Title: Baby Teeth
Author: Zoje Stage
Published: July 17, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Review: ebook provided by author and NetGalley
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.
She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained homeschooling, 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.
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Okie Dokie, this book was crazy for me. So we go back and forth between Suzette and Hannah on their point of view and let me tell you makes you want to sleep with your bedroom door shut and locked.
Hannah is a pretty normal child though she doesn't speak and she hates her mother Suzette. Wait, scratch that it doesn't make her normal makes her psycho. Suzette seems to be a pretty good mother and it takes a while before she starts losing the niceness of being the mother to Hannah.
We watch as overtime Hannah starts escalating the hatred she has for her mom, and it takes the most severe thing to get Alex her father to realize that his little girl is not all sugar and spice.
The question is why does Hannah hate her mother so much?
I think the author did a great job with the way Hannah came about, she kind of freaked me out as a character and I loved it.
Suzette man she seems to be able to handle a lot thrown her way and I enjoyed how she didn't give up trying to get her daughter the help she needed. Though it kept bothering me that she never once thought to record her daughter doing the evil things.
Alex oh dear father, you need some help on trying to balance love and affection to both of the ladies in your life.
There were plenty of scenes that I enjoyed but I have to say the thumbtack scene for me really got me shuddering.
Can't wait to see what this author has more of.
An author of dark and suspenseful novels, Zoje recently moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA after living in western New York for more than a decade. She has a deep and eclectic background in the arts – as writer, filmmaker, thespian, and all-around dabbler. In her former life as a filmmaker she was a 2008 Fellow in Playwriting/ Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA.org), and a 2012 Emerging Narrative Fellow from the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP.org). Her debut novel BABY TEETH (St. Martin's Press) will be released 17 July 2018. It will be released in the UK as BAD APPLE (Transworld).