BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Review Copy From: Won from The Book Diva’s Reads
My Rating: 4
Synopsis (via GR)
Sweetness can be deceptive.
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.
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.
An intense, and at times, disturbing story of a family dealing with a child’s challenges.
Alex and Suzette had the perfect marriage. Suzette had a troubling childhood dealing with a severe case of Crohn’s disease resulting in multiple surgeries and resulting with some deformities and a mother who wasn’t attentive. Alex never made Suzette feel uncomfortable with her condition and was very supportive.
They had a beautiful little girl, Hanna. However, as time went by, they noticed her inability to speak. Many doctors and tests later, still no answer as to why. Then things got worse. Hanna, now age 7, has been expelled from multiple schools due to her disruptive behavior, so Suzette has no choice but to homeschool. But things begin to get even worse. Hanna has become very manipulative and violent. But only against her mother.
The story alternates between the POVs of Suzette and Hanna.
A chilling read! At times unnerving and difficult to read but needed to, to see how it all ends. The ending left this reader hoping there will be a sequel.
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