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  • Dysfunction with a D

    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an e-ARC of Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage in exchange for an honest review. I cannot categorize this novel: it's somewhere between psychological suspense and a horror story. The Jensen family is in crisis. Hanna is the seven-year-old daughter who, at such an early age, has managed to be expelled from schools for difficult and cruel behaviour. Although she is able to speak, she has remained mute until now. Suzette is the mother who herself has had a difficult childhood and has serious health issues as an adult. She takes on the task of home-schooling Hanna because there are no other alternatives. Alex is the husband and father who dotes on Hanna and believes that Suzette is not empathetic enough to the plight of their daughter. Hanna has become extremely angry and aggressive and will stop at nothing to split up Suzette and Alex in order to have her father all to herself and get rid of her mother for good. Each chapter gives us the point of view of either Hanna or Suzette and the cruelty and aggression increases at the turning of each page. Creepy is the word that comes to my mind when describing this book. Although the reader may wince and shudder, this novel is well-written by Zoje Stage and gives us a very dark look into this dysfunctional family.

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  • Suspenseful and emotional - excellent read!

    I loved this story! I've read some negative reviews so I feel I need to add my 2 cents. Most mothers love their children from the moment they are conceived. But what if that child is a psychopath? What if it's not the fault of the parents - she's just born that way? I love the way the author tells the story from the mother's and the daughter's perspective. The mother clearly tries hard to help and love her daughter however when your daughter wants to kill you - it can be difficult! I raised a difficult child. Thankfully he was not a psychopath - but there were times I honestly did not like my son. Love him, yes - but like?? Not so much. Thankfully now that he's an adult it's all good. Those feelings helped me to relate to the mom in the story. Many complained about the ending - my only complaint was that it ended. I hope there is a sequel!! Keep writing Zoje!! You have a fan in me!

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  • Great debut thriller!

    Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is being touted as a psychological thriller/horror novel. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin’s Press, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My Synopsis: Although Suzette’s childhood may not have been perfect, when she met Alex, things changed. They were perfect together, and built a perfect life. Into their perfect life, came their daughter Hanna. Hanna is loved by her parents, and they have tried their best to make sure she has a healthy and safe home. Unfortunately, as she went from baby, to toddler, and now to school-age, Hanna has never spoken. She was seen by many doctors, all finding that there was nothing physically wrong with the little girl. For a number of reasons, school has never worked, so Suzette has been home-schooling their very bright daughter. Unfortunately, the last couple of years have been rough. Hanna seems to have taken a dislike to her mother, and behind her father’s back, she has made Suzette’s life a living hell, and Suzette knows she has to get Hanna into a school and to see a psychologist asap. Alex, who is being manipulated by his little girl, doesn’t quite see the rush….but then he doesn’t have to live in fear. Hanna likes her Daddy. You see, Hanna has started talking, only to Suzette, and what she has to say is not the chatter of a 7-year old. A wedge is being driven between Suzette and Alex, and Hanna is wielding the hammer (literally). She has no intention of letting her mother survive. Her Daddy will be hers alone. My Opinions: Personally, I’m not sure why they are saying this is a mystery/thriller. In my opinion this is a horror novel….and it was good. The story is told from both Suzette’s and Hanna’s perspectives, which takes the reader deep into their thoughts, and those thoughts are scary! The struggles between the mother and daughter, and even the mother and father, seemed right for the story line (although God Help Us, hopefully nowhere in reality). This little girl would be any mother’s worst nightmare. Can we say Child Psychopath? It was a really fast read, because I didn’t really want to put it down! This one may not be for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is the author’s debut novel, which I am having a hard time believing. The writing is crisp, the plot, though disturbing, is great, and the characters believable, and the suspense doesn’t really stop. I think Zoje Stage will go far!

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  • the child is Satan

    This book was different from what I expected. It was more down to earth than I thought it would be. I think I expected a monster child like you’d see in the movies, not an actual psychopath, so I was pleasantly surprised. The kid was Satan. That’s all I’m going to say because anything else will just give spoilers. It’s a great book and definitely worth reading. I received this as an advanced reading copy

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  • Baby teeth

    Very twisted . Great story line . A good book .very interesting and kept you reading . Characters very realistic emotion very charged and a powerful insight into family.

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