Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me and my fellow Black Heart Reads ladies with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: Sweetness can be deceptive.
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 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.
Review: This book is my worst nightmare. I don’t have kids, and I’m not good with other people’s kids. I gave my parents a really hard time growing up so I imagine if I did have children, that I would end up with someone way worse as karma. Because the idea of a child behaving like this terrifies me, it made for an excellent read. This is another one of the books that I’ve read recently that has been getting tons of mixed reviews. I was extremely reluctant to pick it up, so much so that I waited until the absolute last minute to start it for my own book club. It turns out I was worried for no reason, as I really enjoyed it. The back and forth perspectives from Hanna and Suzette made it extremely addictive and kept me saying “one more chapter” every time I had it in my hands. The lengths this child went through to get rid of her own mother blew my mind, and the fact that her father was blind to it drove me crazy. It made for a compelling read. I also enjoyed the way the author ended the novel… will there be a sequel? I would absolutely add it to my TBR.
I would recommend Baby Teeth to fans of Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Page Count: 304
Overall Rating: 4/5