Sunday, 1 July 2018

Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Sweetness can be deceptive.

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.

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by St. Martin's Press 
Genre: Thriller/Fiction

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book needs to come with a warning label! I can guarantee it will raise your blood pressure. It certainly did mine.

Baby Teeth is the story of  little Hanna and her mother Suzette. It is not the typical mother/daughter relationship and it is not the typical story. Told from both their perspectives the reader gets a front row seat to the battle that is their reality. The word battle was intentional on my part because the relationship is definitely a battle. It is messy and brutal and an all out war of the minds.

I need to warn you that this book is not for everyone. Hanna is a deeply disturbed little girl who will go to any lengths to get rid of her mother so that she can have her father all to herself. Hanna's thoughts and actions are creepy, disturbing and down right scary. Although she is a little girl, she is not likeable at all and it is impossible to route for her. At least it was for me. I found myself annoyed at the father on multiple occasions because I just couldn't understand how he could be so blind. In fact, I found myself annoyed at all of the characters at different times in the book. With that being said, Hanna was most definitely the worst.

I feel that this book is best enjoyed without having too much knowledge in advance so I won't say anything else. Just know that it is unique, easy to read but hard to swallow, and will stay with you for a long time after you turn the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed it in a morbid and disturbing sort of way. It is absolutely worth picking up.

It was left with the possibility of a sequel and although I'm not quite sure how I feel about that I already know that I will have to read it if there is one.


About the Author
An author of dark and suspenseful novels, Zoje lives in Pittsburgh, PA. 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).

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to hear that you liked this one. I recently got a copy of it and it sounds interesting. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian