Book Review: Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage

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Title:   Baby Teeth
Author:   Zoje Stage
Genre:   Thriller, Suspense
Rating:   4 out of 5

Hanna is a sweet, silent seven-year-old. She’s far smarter than she should be, but she hides it behind a placid façade. Usually. She’s her father’s baby and her mother’s nemesis.

Suzette has been sick most of her life but thought becoming a mother would leave her fulfilled and renewed. Instead, it just leaves her terrified.

Hanna sees her mother as competition for her father’s affection and will stop at nothing to eliminate her competition. Nothing. As Hanna becomes increasingly more aggressive and her tricks become more dangerous, Suzette is desperate to convince her husband that their beloved daughter may be better off away from home—and that may be the only way she survives her daughter’s intentions.

I’m not super into books about evil children—and Hanna is evil—but the author did an excellent job portraying the love Hanna’s parents still have for her, despite her actions. Parts of this novel were creepy, parts were chilling, but all of them made me glad I don’t know any children like Hanna.

Zoje Stage has a background in film and theatre. Baby Teeth is her new novel.

(Galley provided by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage

  1. I’m highly skeptical of books and films that revolve around evil children, because most of them are just too silly. I’m curious about this book but I’ve read the character of Hanna is developmentally implausible to the point of being annoying (many people have had the same issue with ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin.’) I do think it would be interesting to read about a character with major Elektra issues, which isn’t portrayed in fiction nearly as much as it’s counterpart. Great review! 🙂

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