Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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One of Entertainment Weekly's Must-Read Books for JulyPeople Magazine's Book of the Week "Gripping" -InStyle"Propulsive." -New York Times Book ReviewOne of Bustle's "Fifteen Books With Chilling Protagonists That Will Keep You Guessing""A wholly original and terrifically creepy story." -Refinery29One of PopSugar's "25 Must-Read Books That Will Make July Fly By!"A Barnes and Noble Blog Best Thriller for July!One of the "Biggest Thrillers of the Summer" -SheReads"Summer 2018 Must-Read" -Bookish"Best Summer Reads for 2018" -Publishers Weekly"One of 11 Crime Novels You Should Read in July" -Crime Reads"A twisty, delirious read" -EntertainmentWeekly.com"New & Noteworthy" -USA Today"A deliciously creepy read." -New York PostA battle of wills between mother and daughter reveals the frailty and falsehood of familial bonds in award-winning playwright and filmmaker Zoje Stage's tense novel of psychological suspense, Baby Teeth.Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied.But Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother's rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she's with her father. To Alex, she's willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she's told.Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn't love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna's subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and Alex apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger..."Unnerving and unputdownable, Baby Teeth will get under your skin and keep you trapped in its chilling grip until the shocking conclusion."-New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline"We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Gone Girl meets The Omen...a twisty, delirious read that will constantly question your sympathies for the two characters as their bond continues to crumble."-Entertainment Weekly"A pulse-spiking thriller."-PopSugar
Publisher: 2018.
ISBN: 9781250170774
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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jlandgraver722
Feb 09, 2019

I really really loved this book! As a mother of 3 I could not imagine living through this! The things this poor mother has endured and how troubled this poor child is! I flipped through this book quicker then usual, and I love the ending.

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Tamar0127
Feb 07, 2019

"Not enough." BOOM! Started a bit slow but quickly picked up the pace, this kid is a monster and that ending was perfect. Well done.

DBRL_ANNEG Jan 08, 2019

What would you do if you thought your child might be possessed? Mentally ill? Or, just plain evil? Zoje Stage explores one mother's struggle with this this possibility in "Baby Teeth."

This novel is a blend of domestic psychological suspense and horror, with the chapters flipping between Suzette and her 7-year-old non-communicative daughter, Hanna. It's intriguing watching Hanna's mind at work as she plots to take down her mother. I also found Suzette's guilt over her parenting skills to be fascinating. What I liked best about this book, though, was the fact that no matter how much I disliked Hanna and her wicked behavior, I still felt a healthy measure of sadness for this child who, despite all she does, is in some ways still just an innocent. I was impressed with Stage's ability to pull at all the emotional strings like that. I think my main complaint was the depth of language that Hanna seemed to have within her. Would a 7-year-old know all those words? Well, maybe one who is possessed might.....

I look forward to much more from Stage!

IndyPL_ShelbyG Jan 02, 2019

I was prepared to love Baby Teeth. The premise sounded right up my alley: manipulative, possibly evil child versus helpless mother. It was interesting enough, frustrating in the right ways, but fell flat in the end. All the characters were unlikable to the point I didn't care what happened to them. While the mystery and mental battles between the characters kept me reading, overall Baby Teeth was just *shrugs* okay.

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annagraceiaboni
Nov 18, 2018

This book is an entertaining thriller/tiny bit of horror. It is an interesting look into parents who deal with children with extreme psychological disorders: sociopath tendencies, oppositional defiant disorder. However, the dad in this book drove me bananas.

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jessiwesty23
Nov 12, 2018

I couldn't put this book down! The daughter is so perfectly written (in a very creepy way). I enjoyed the storytelling from the mother and daughter's point of views. Book is very much along the lines of the old thriller, The Bad Seed.

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jasminestea
Oct 16, 2018

I needed so much more from this one. It had SO much potential and I did enjoy it for the most part, but the continuous, repetitive thought cycles that the characters went through really took away from the creepy elements. It was almost like there was more hinting at or talking about big moments in comparison to what actually ended up occurring.
I do think that the author was successful in creating highly unlikable characters, especially in terms of the relationship portrayal between the mother and daughter. There were plenty of moments that could have been more intense, especially if Baby Teeth is being aligned with the likes of We Need to Talk About Kevin. I needed it to be darker, and with more detailed explanations regarding the relationships between the characters. I finished the book with too many unanswered questions.

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daizylublue
Oct 08, 2018

Creepy and unsettling! Quick read. I enjoyed the premise and the dual points of view.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 22, 2018

Good creepy fun. For those who liked We Need to Talk about Kevin.

K_ROK Aug 18, 2018

This one was a page turner for me and I finished it in 2 days. I enjoyed the premise and thought the tension throughout was well developed. Quite entertaining and thought it was a job well done for this author's first book.

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