Review: Baby Teeth – Zoje Stage

Baby TeethBaby Teeth – Zoje Stage
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Release Date:  July 2018
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

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.

Meet Suzette.

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:  There are many reasons my husband and I have chosen not to have kids right now–enjoying having money and freedom top the list.  The fear of having creepy, possibly murderous children wasn’t really on the radar but after meeting Hanna in Baby Teeth it sure has jumped up the list!

There is so much crazy in this book I don’t even know what to say.  All I know is if I ever have a child and that child is actively trying to bump me off?  My husband better well believe me or we’re going to have some issues.  Hanna was one creepy kid.  Truth be told, the whole family kind of creeped me out.

Baby Teeth has gotten mixed reviews–people either seem to love it or hate it.  I’m not really in either camp.  I thought it had a great premise and Stage’s writing was solid, but something missed the mark for me.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for offering a copy in exchange for an honest review.

6 thoughts on “Review: Baby Teeth – Zoje Stage

  1. This book sounds interesting, but maybe a little bit over-the-top. Psycho children narratives are difficult to pull off, usually because they come off as exploitative and unrealistic. Still, this might be something I’d like to read. It sounds like Hanna’s got some Elektra type issues going on! 🙂

      1. I can’t say I’m really ‘into’ it… it has to be done right. For instance, I liked the movie “Joshua,” but overall I think the whole ‘evil kid’ thing is a little overdone.

      2. I haven’t seen “Joshua”–I’ll be sure to look it up. I’ve heard William March’s “The Bad Seed” is really good. It’s on my to-read list.

      3. “Joshua” was the movie that made me really start liking Sam Rockwell. I personally think it’s way better than “Orphan,” but I’m definitely in the minority there.

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