by Zoje Stage
July 17, 2018
Free Review copy from St. Martin’s Press
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. Goodreads Synopsis
Baby Teeth felt like a book of many levels to me. There’s the thriller aspect, where Hanna is just terrifting. It fell a little short on the thriller aspect to me. While the thought of your child acting with such hatred to you is horrible, I felt like the things she was doing while channeling her alter-ego came up weak.
There’s also the whole parenting side of the story. Is Hanna acting this way due to environmental factors? Was she crazy? Could she actually be possessed? There were many parts that put the parents under scrutiny by the reader. We won’t even go into the daddy issues this poor girl had.
All in all, I enjoyed the book. It made you think, yet also was light entertainment. I did have slight issue with the end. Why? Well, I won’t give spoilers so I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out!