Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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One of Entertainment Weekly's Must-Read Books for July | People Magazine's Book of the Week | One of Bustle's "Fifteen Books With Chilling Protagonists That Will Keep You Guessing" | One of PopSugar's "25 Must-Read Books That Will Make July Fly By!" | One of the "Biggest Thrillers of the Summer"SheReads | A Barnes and Noble Blog Best Thriller for July! | "New & Noteworthy" USA Today | "Summer 2018 Must-Read"Bookish | "One of 11 Crime Novels You Should Read in July"Crime Reads | "Best Summer Reads for 2018"Publishers Weekly | "The Five Best Horror Books of 2018-2019"—Forbes

"Propulsive."New York Times Book Review
"A wholly original and terrifically creepy story."Refinery29
"A twisty, delirious read"
"A deliciously creepy read."New York Post

MEET HANNA: Seven-year-old Hanna is a sweet-but-silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father Alex. He's the only person who understands her. But her mother Suzette stands in her way, and she'll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

MEET SUZETTE: Suzette loves her daughter, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. She's also becoming increasingly frightened by Hanna's little games, while her husband Alex remains blind to the failing family dynamics. Soon, Suzette starts to fear that maybe their supposedly innocent baby girl may have a truly sinister agenda.
A 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.

"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: St. Martin's Publishing Group


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Aug 20, 2020

I was waiting for something to turn in relation to the storyline, but instead it repeated itself over and over (many, many times you will read about Suzette questioning herself as a good mother, and Alex had zero backbone).
I read with intensity and interest that there would be a surprise twist or an explanation as to why Hanna acted like she did. Was there a reason or a basis? No. How it started was pretty much how it ended. Not my idea of a thriller. More just a spoiled brat/delinquent who had her parents wrapped around her finger

Apr 27, 2020

A gripping story of an evil little girl who proves to be more than her fragile mother can handle. Hannah is a 7-year old girl who does not speak but can read and write and terrify her mother on a daily basis while homeschooling due to the fact that Hannah keeps getting kicked out of schools. I loved the creepy and horrifying parts of this book and was hooked from the very beginning. Definitely recommended for lovers of creepy and scary fiction!

Dec 31, 2019

I love this book! Borrowed the audio edition and couldn't stop listening. It was a riveting story and the reader did a great job. Super creepy and compelling. Highly recommend if you like creepy stories.

Aug 22, 2019

My favorite book i've read all year. Super creepy, a little too realistic, and a real page turner. Highly recommend!

Jul 07, 2019

Best thing I can say: I wanted to know how the author was going to end it so I finished.

This has received a lot of pre-publication hype and high reviews since released, but I found it derivative, pedestrian, and too desperately-trying-to-be-shocking. Why this weak version of the evil child trope is being lauded is beyond me. The same themes were explored with great depth and insight in the miles-superior We Need to Talk About Kevin and with great compassion and more drama in My Sister Rosa. Hell, the movie The Omen had more heft than this shallow drivel. Stage is not talentless but she wasted her debut with this story that has been told numerous times by her betters.

SCL_Tricia Jun 17, 2019

This one fell flat for me, I was hoping for more. Much of the book was repetitive and seemed to drag. It was hard to find sympathy because I just didn't like any of the characters.

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.

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.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 22, 2019

I really enjoyed this novel. I ended up reading almost all of it in one sitting, I found it to be very unsettling and definitely made me think twice about children. I was impressed that it was a debut novel.

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!

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 22, 2019

“Words, ever unreliable, were no one’s friend.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 22, 2019

“How much had her young brain already misconstrued? Observing, absorbing. Warping, twisting. Drawing conclusions about everything they did.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 22, 2019

“It was hard to pour endless love into someone who wouldn't love you back. No one could do it forever”


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