Written by: Zoje Stage
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing
Hanna is the seven year old daughter of Alex and Suzette, she adores her daddy but not mommy. Suzette is a stay at home mom who sees a side of Hana that Alex doesn’t see. She feels there is something wrong with Hanna, besides being non-verbal. The years of Hanna being expelled from school and homeschooling have driven Suzette to the brink of insanity.
The characters felt like they were pulled out of the real world and none of them are likeable, which worked well for this book. While reading I seriously wanted to slap each one of them. Alex was completely oblivious to the fact his little angel was actually a monster and he never believed Suzette when she would tell him the things Hanna did. Suzette seemed very selfish, being a single mother I understand wanting alone time but the things Suzette thought at times were a tad overboard. Hanna was also selfish but also dangerous, she wanted her father all to herself and would do anything to get rid of her mom.
This book is told in alternating points of view between Suzette and Hanna, which was done well and wasn’t confusing at all. Reading the chapters from Hanna’s point of view was very convincing that they were from a highly intelligent, not quite mentally well seven year old. There are many terrifying and dysfunctional moments and a lot of disturbing thoughts by Hanna in this book.
Baby Teeth would fit better in the horror genre than as a thriller because Hanna was very manipulative and diabolical. It takes you down the hole of a dysfunctional family that just keeps getting darker and darker. How could a child be so evil and have no emotions about hurting someone who loves them? Some points made this book hard to read because of the emotions that flowed from every word. The ending is kind of open, making me wonder if we will see Hanna again…I really hope we do!
This is definitely not a book for everyone because it’s hard to see a child that way. Overall this book was very well written and kept me turning the page. With this being Zoje Stage’s first novel she did an amazing job and has a promising future in the book industry. I’m really looking forward to see what she comes out with next.
If you like psychological thrillers or horror, where I feel this book belongs, this is definitely the book for you. Go ahead read it, you won’t regret it…or maybe you will.