Baby Teeth – Review
by: Zoje Stage
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.
Baby Teeth – Review
I’m going to need to sit on this a bit. Super torn about what to say, but I can say this: I didn’t entirely like this book. It definitely had the potential to be amazing though…
Ok. After sitting for a bit, I have come to the conclusion I am just disappointed.
I went into this book thinking it was going to be great. It was a domestic thriller, which is something I love. It’s psychological, which is, again, something I love. It has a child who is mute, which is something I had yet to read. Baby Teeth had the potential to hit every single mark I wanted, and need, in a thriller.
This book is super disturbing; but, if y’all know my reading tastes, disturbing is not something I shy away from. If anything, it made me want to pick up the book that much more. There were times when I honestly thought, ‘wow. that is super creepy for a seven-year-old.’ Then I would go give my kid a big hug!
Like Hanna was just beyond creepy and disturbing. Those words don’t even cover it. But mostly, she was just weird.
I was hooked for the first few chapters. I had to know what was going on. After about 40 pages, my captivity dwindled. I was no longer hooked. Boredom took over. The chapters went back and forth between Hanna (let’s kill mommy) and Suzette (woe is me). (Duel POV for the win!) However, most of the information from Suzette was the backstory of her childhood, which really had no relevance to the issue at hand. The book became overloaded with weird stuff, things that did not belong.
As I got further along, I kept wondering where was the suspense? where was the thrill? Baby Teeth had none: no suspense, no thrill, no tension, no anything to make me believe this was a thriller. I became super bored and heavily debated DNF’ing the book.
But alas. I did finish it. When I closed the book after the last page, I was delighted because it was over. I definitely bought into the hype with this one, and let me tell you… It was NOT worth it.
Side note — the title has absolutely nothing to do with the story. It’s deceptive. Ughhhh.
- November 27, 2018
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