by Zoje Stage
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 17, 2018)
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Dark Fiction | Family Life | Horror
Print Length: 320 pages
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 by Zoje Stage
A parent’s worst nightmare is feeling like a failure with their child. We hope for the best, imagine sparkly days of love and growth, but what if your perfect child hides a dark side? What if that child is out to get you, out to drive you crazy, or worse? What if your little girl would do anything to have Daddy to herself?
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage is a chilling and dark tale that will make readers uncomfortable with every word on each page. A mother with a troubled past, a child who is a master manipulator, a father who sees nothing… Is Hanna a monster or a little girl in trouble?
This dark tale is unnerving as we witness the evil machinations of a child that are far beyond her years interact with a mother pushed beyond her limits who questions her own abilities, while enabling her daughter to maneuver situations to suit her desires…
The suspense is taut, but far beyond the horror factor of a living Chuckie doll, Zoje Stage creates an emotional attachment to this family that made it impossible for me not to feel for Hanna’s “illness.” Is she possessed? Mentally ill? Are we seeing into the mind of a sociopath?
Very dark, very edgy, very unsettling, Zoje Stage is an excellent wordsmith and her razor sharp atmosphere leaves no down time for readers to re-group. I just couldn’t decide, did I just read a horror story or a horrific tale of every parents’ greatest nightmare? On the surface, this spine-tingling tale is as dark as it gets, but…
I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press!