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"Unnervingand unputdownable, BABY TEETH will get under your skin and keep you trapped in its chilling grip until the shocking conclusion." --New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline
"We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Gone Girl meets The Omen. Baby Teeth is a twisty, delirious read that will constantly question your sympathies for the two characters as their bond continues to crumble." --Ew.com
"Deliciously creepy...the author keeps the suspense taut...offering a terrifying glimpse into the inner thoughts of a budding sociopath." --Library Journal (starred)
"Tightly plotted, expertly choreographed.... Stage palpably conveys Suzette's fear, anger, frustration, and desperation while exploring the deleterious effects that motherhood can have on one's marriage and self-worth. ...Stage fuses horror with domestic suspense to paint an unflinching portrait of childhood psychopathy and maternal regret." --Kirkus (starred)
"Stage's deviously fun debut takes child-rearing anxiety to demented new heights. Stage expertly crafts this creepy, can't-put-it-down thriller into a fearless exploration of parenting and marriage that finds the cracks in unconditional love." --Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Zoje Stage's Baby Teeth is cunning, sharp, and nasty, and wickedly funny until it isn't funny anymore. This intelligent, unrelenting, layered shocker can stand proudly alongside classics like The Other and The Butcher Boy, with their 'evil' children uncannily reflecting our own sins." --Paul Tremblay, nationally bestselling author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
"Every time we read the premise of Baby Teeth, all the hair on the back of our neck stands up. Simply put, it's about a sweet little girl who wants to kill her mother. And it. Is. Bonkers. Do you have goosebumps yet?" --HelloGiggles
"Imagine WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN only with insight into what Kevin was thinking--and if Eva had fought back. This dark, terrifying novel unfolds as a battle of wits between a struggling mother and her psychotic young daughter--and its genius is that the reader's allegiance isn't allowed to linger too long on either side. You'll be desperate to discuss the ending once you've recovered from the shock of it. A must-read." --Catherine Ryan Howard, USA Today bestselling author of Distress Signals
"Baby Teeth is electrifyingly creepy. It calls to mind the great monster children of The Fifth Child or We Need to Talk About Kevin, but has a devilish tension all its own. Twisted, playful, and deeply unsettling, Zoje Stage's debut announces her as a new voice worth celebrating."--Colin Winnette, author of The Job of the Wasp
"Baby Teeth is deeply unsettling in the best possible way. Absolutely unforgettable and unflinching, it digs right into the painful nerve of family, obligation and dependence--it's a hell of a debut." --Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself--This text refers to the library edition.
- File size : 1801 KB
- Publication date : July 17, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (July 17, 2018)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B076ZTC4GQ
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,380 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Is seven year old Hanna a sociopath, psychopath, psychotic, neurotic, or possessed? Are her parents clueless, self-involved, and delusional? It’s easy to keep reading to try to find out, but it feels like so much “empty calories”.
“Baby Teeth” has been widely hyped, and I kept waiting for a bombshell, but there isn’t one. It describes an Electra Complex on steroids, and none of the main characters are remotely likeable or sympathetic. It does address mental illness eventually, in a no-nonsense and practical way that is helpful for general awareness, and in that there is a public service done here.
1. I could not put this book down. The story was so totally engrossing, I read it in one day...in between chores and a million other activities.
2. As an RN, I was terribly impressed by the author's familiarity and expertise of Crohn's disease. Her medical knowledge was impressive, although I'm still not entirely certain what role the disease actually played in the book. I kept waiting for it to become clear, but it never really did. It seemed more educational than entertaining.
3. While I'd ultimately classify this more as a family drama than a thriller, the characters were so well fleshed out, they felt very real. As a homeschooling mother myself, I could empathize with Suzette's frustrations.
1. The writing was odd. There were periods and capital letters all throughout the story where there simply shouldn't be. An example--“So … We have to make things better. Between us. I’m sorry if I pushed you too fast. I wish you could understand. School, and how important it is. If we’re together so much and I’m teaching you at home … And what you really need is other people." (page 225 on Kindle)
There are so many grammatical errors in those few sentences! It was terribly distracting, and it happened again and again throughout the novel.
2. I realize Hanna was supposed to be a 7-year old genius, but her thoughts, and those of her mother, were indistinguishable. Had the chapter headings not identified whose perspective I was reading, I wouldn't have been able to tell. No 7-year old, genius or otherwise, has thought processes like those Hanna was having. Her voice was that of a worldly adult. It was my one main gripe about Baby Teeth.
3. Alex's inability to see Hanna for what she truly was was beyond annoying. I honestly felt sorry for Suzette throughout 90% of the book, having to deal with a husband who disregarded her at every turn, and allowed Hanna to undermine her authority. He was a very weak man.
1. There is only one point to be made in this category, but I feel it encompasses the essence of the story.
For the most part, I found Suzette to be a sympathetic character--she's a woman dealing with a chronic (and potentially body deforming) illness, a husband who disregards and undermines everything she says, a child who hates everything about her and wants to eliminate her from their family, and a career put on the back burner. Yet, there is a sense throughout the novel that Suzette's deepest, darkest, wholeheartedly negative feelings about her child, and motherhood, were made very clear to Hanna during her formative years. Children are very intuitive and can easily pick up on those energies.
The conclusion was shocking...at least to the mother in me, but it was very, very well done.
And can we just talk about the amazing book cover and even more amazing title for a minute? Because they're both pure perfection.
4.25 well-earned stars!
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Seven year old Hanna is non-verbal by choice. She communicates well without words with her father, Alex, who considers her his sweet princess. Such a good girl who loves her daddy. Hanna adores her father; her mother not so much. In fact she wishes her mother, Suzette, dead and plots to kill her. Then she can live happily ever after with daddy. Suzette is living in dread of her daughter and is jealous of Alex’s love and attention towards Hanna. She has an unpleasant chronic condition and much physical misery in her past and grew up with a distant mother. The time spent on her past and recurrences of her illness has little relevance to the plot except for her determination to give Hanna a better childhood than she had. She is very weary trying to homeschool her daughter, and struggles with disobedience, tantrums and attempts to do her harm.
It is incredible that after many doctors and psychologists in the past no one has come up with a diagnosis or ways to help the girl or her parents. Hanna has been expelled from a number of schools including a school for disturbed children. Her father minimizes the problem and seems oblivious to Suzette’s distress. He cannot believe the schools had a valid reason for expelling Hanna.
Hanna is bright in many ways, manipulative but with the fantasies of a younger child which clashes with her elaborate plans to harm others. She takes on the alter ego of an older girl burned as a witch centuries ago. It is under this persona that she speaks only to her mother and threatens to harm her. Since the father has never heard her speak he finds this improbable.
There is really no resolution at the end. I expect a Part 2 where Hanna is pretending to be cured and to be a sweet, normal girl planning to get revenge.
A great read I would recommend to anyone who likes to be scared.