- File Size: 959 KB
- Print Length: 75 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 2, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0786K43V3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,235 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Baby Teeth: The First Ten Chapters Kindle Edition
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BABY TEETH is told, in alternating chapters, by Hanna, the daughter, and by Suzette, the mommy. To say that each of these characters comes with her own, somewhat peculiar, set of issues would be an understatement in the extreme. Each of them is seeking some kind of elusive perfection founded in a reality with which I am unfamiliar.
On the periphery of, yet highly central to, the plot is daddy. Mommy is the stay at home variety and daddy is the go to work, and the gym, and have a life variety.
It is difficult to pin this tale into a single category. It is about the family dynamic alongside the interpersonal relationships of the individuals that comprise said family. It is a psychological study of way nurture plays different roles in different households. It is a horror story of unimaginable ferocity.
I would be lying if I said I enjoyed reading this book. It was in no way an enjoyable experience. However, not all books are written to provide joy and uplift. Some are written to provoke thought and intense reactions. BABY TEETH certainly does that. To enumerate my emotional reactions would be to give away the farm (so to speak), and I just don't do spoilers.
The story is told in alternating viewpoints of the mother and child. Hanna loves her father a bit too much to be considered healthy at all. And she is unreasonable in her obsession. She doesn't want to share him with her mother at all. Suzette struggles to get her husband and Hanna's father to see the truth about the situation with Hanna's behavior. Mother faces issues of guilt as Hanna's behavior spirals out of control into dangerous territory, repeatedly. The father is oblivious since Hanna acts more like a saint in his presence, while she's a devil towards anyone else.
This book was disturbing, in that "can't put down...what next?! level of suspense. I am in awe of the author's story and writing in this debut novel. The title is perfection! I look forward to more works from this author.
Yep, that's a big, bad curse word up there, but this was a big, bad curse word of a story. IT GAVE ME NIGHTMARES YOU GUYS!!! Books don't give me nightmares, so suffice it to say that this one left me seriously unbalanced. This is not the type of story I usually read, but when the publisher offered me an advance copy I decided to give it a try. This was an amazing debut, one you're not likely to forget. I'm not entirely sure, but the ending left me with the feeling that there could be a follow up. If you like reading about dysfunctional families with uber-creepy kids, then mark your calendars for summer 2018, because this book is meant for you!
Thanks to St. Martin's Press for an advance copy of this book.
We’ve read about them in the news; the kids who grew up to commit some horrible act. They all had a start somewhere. Were there any clues earlier that the parents could not or would not wrap their minds around; the chance that you gave life to something evil and potentially dangerous? Or worse still did one or both of the parents do conniving evil things to the developing little baby that created the beast within?
Alex and Suzette love their precious little girl, Hannah. The story picks up when Hannah is seven, and Suzette is beginning to see a pattern of problems with her “little precious”. She can’t stay in a school an entire week without getting kicked out. She makes no bones about how she hates her disgusting mother but loves dear doting daddy. And of course, Hannah is manipulative enough to hide all the bad vibes from dear ol’ dad. He’s snagged by her charm, hook, line, and sinker.
Incidents at home begin to get more severe with each occurrence, and Suzette has to risk destroying her home in order to wake Alex up to the evil they’ve spawned together. Or is it truly all Hannah’s doing? Can needy, sickly, spoiled rotten, used to being the “center of attention” Suzette actually be calling all the shots?
Alex is a putz; bless his heart, which adds just the right amount of ignorant bliss to this volatile mix. I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down.
(I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for making it available.)
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