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.
From blazing new talent Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth is a story about a perfect-looking family and a darling little girl who wants nothing more than to kill her mother.
I don’t know about other book lovers, but when I finish a really great book in a particular genre, I find myself choosing something to read next in a different genre. Call me superstitious or just someone who has been disappointed by that follow-up book. It might not have been bad, in fact, it might have been quite good, but it just couldn’t compare to the prior book. In all honesty, if things like Buzz Books and other recommendations didn’t guarantee that my TBR pile wouldn’t grow on a daily basis, I might go back and re-read the “follow up” book and be pleasantly surprised by my reaction.
So I am not quite sure what happened, but a finished a terrific suspenseful thriller and then received Baby Teeth. I had my next non-thriller picked out and purchased and then I read the Baby Teeth description. It sounded so good that I threw my book rules out the window and dove right in. Why would I spend a cold Saturday night curled up under the covers, when the couch, a warm fire, and Baby Teeth were right there waiting for me?
When it comes to Hanna, to me it was nature versus nurture type dilemma. We see mentally ill or just plain bad and evil characters often in books, but we rarely get to view them as children. Honestly, I think I see most children as works in progress and barring an unhealthy environment or abusive parents, I’ve never really thought about mental illness in the very young. So what about Hanna? Is there something going on in her home life causing her to act out? Is she mentally ill or just plain evil? I think I have gone as far as I can down this specific path since I don’t want to spoil any details not already mentioned in the book blurb. I can tell you Hanna is a character that you won’t soon forget and the family’s story is dark, disturbing, twisted and scary good believable.
Several things really made this a compelling read. It grabbed my full attention from the first page( actually, from the description), the author’s words made me feel like I was right there in the house with the family and I couldn’t stop flipping my virtual Kindle pages. This was a 5-star book for me and I am hoping the author participates in Q&A interviews so I might discover where her idea for this book came from.
Thank you Zoje Stage, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for the digital ARC to read and review. Highly recommended. I’ve got my eye on another suspenseful thriller and I wonder if book lightning can strike yet again.