Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby Teeth.jpgMeet Hanna.

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.

Meet Suzette.

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.

Review

Judge me not, I do love creepy reads. I have read a couple of thrillers with some really dark characters. However, this has to be one of the darkest. This is mainly because of the age of the baddie.

Hanna’s parents have very different opinions about her. Mom, Suzette knows there is something wrong with her child. She has seen the ugly side of Hanna, the tantrums, abuse and meanness of this little girl. However, daddy knows a different Hanna who is just adorable and seemingly misunderstood.

The story is narrated through the POVs of Hanna and Suzette. Suzette is struggling to be a good mom. It is obvious that she loves her little girl. However, she is having some serious difficulties understanding her. And it seems that her love is un-reciprocated. On the other hand, Hanna loves her dad and she wants him all to herself. However, to do that, she needs to get mommy out of the way.

There are so many chilling scenes in this book. I read it almost a week before writing this review and I can still remember the chill that went down my spine a couple of times. There are others that are so horrific that it is hard to imagine a little girl being behind such evil. However, I was totally hooked. It was a compulsive read. A train-wreck that I couldn’t stop watching. I had to see how it would all end.

I think that this book is more of psychological horror than thriller. Hanna reminded me of the baddie in the movie, The Orphan or Damien in The Omen. I know this might not be for everyone. However, I am glad that I read it and I know that it is one that I won’t forget any time soon.

32 thoughts on “Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

    1. Yeah, that ending was insane. Perfect way to end the story.

      I actually decided to re-watch The Orphan after reading 🙂 Thanks Kim.

  1. Wonderful review, Diana, and glad that you enjoyed it! I think you are right, that psychological horror would be a better genre for it. I haven’t read it yet- due to those horror aspects, but I loved your review!

  2. Loved your review Diana and am glad you enjoyed it! I ended up DNFing it because Hanna was just too much for me…maybe because she’s the same age as my daughter and I freaked out lol (mine is completely normal though). I might try to reread it at another time, but I just couldn’t. I’m glad so many others are enjoying it though!😊

    1. Thanks Stephanie and I totally understand what you mean. I probably wouldn’t read it either if I had a child that age and yeah, Hanna was a bit much, a lot of the times. I think I liked the horror factor most though I understand that it won’t work for everyone 🙂

      1. You’re welcome! It was just so weird the dynamic with her and the mom and even though Hanna was a psycho, I didn’t love the mom too much either, especially in one of the scenes between the two of them. I can understand liking the horror factor, and I think Stage is a good author. I look forward to seeing what she writes next because I’ll read it as long as it isn’t something crazy to do with kids, lol.

    1. Hi Nikola, I totally get you. I think Hanna’s age will be a problem for other readers. The story is a bit too dark so I can understand why it has mixed review. Thank you 🙂

  3. Oh, yes, my uterus still twitches when i think about this book.
    Love your review! Poor Suzette, i really felt sorry for her. Demonic child is one thing, but her husband was such an assfor most part of the story 🤪

    1. I read this book a while ago but I still remember how Hanna made me fear kids. Hoping I don’t get one like her 😀

      I agree with you about Hanna’s parents.Her husband was way too clueless and Suzette was literary living in a nightmare. Some of those scenes still haunt me, like one in her bedroom and another by the fire.

  4. Fabulous review I have pretty much the same exact feelings about this book! Disturbing yet compelling and I read this in February and it is still sticking with me!

    1. Thanks Berit. I read it a while ago too but scheduled the review to coincide with the publication date. Like you, I still remember the details especially surrounding Hanna’s actions. Quite a memorable story 🙂

      1. Really made you think what in the world would you do if your child behaves like this?

  5. Hi Diana!! Wow, this book sounds chilling. I have it but I’m a little reluctant to read it. Is the child demonized? Because that I can’t take. If she’s just crazy I can handle that. I’ve never heard of The Orphan. Where can I find that? This book sounds to me like the movie, The Bad Seed. Ever heard of it?

    Okay, I’ll be seriously considering this one. Thanks for the great review!!

    1. No, I haven’t watched The Bad Seed. I have just checked the synopsis on goodreads though and its definitely one that I’d like to watch. Thanks for mentioning it.

      The Orphan is a movie. Not sure where you can find it though. I bought it at a DVD shop here. Perhaps you can get it online?

      No demons in this story. Just a twisted child. I hope that you will like the book if you get a chance to read it. Thanks Laurie 🙂

      1. I forgot to mention that there’s more than one version of The Bad Seed, Diana. The one I’m referring to is the 1956 version.

        I’m going to look up The Orphan. Thanks!

        I started on Baby Teeth today. That child crazy!! 😟

  6. I haven’t read it yet and already I’m having trouble accepting that a child can be evil without there being any reason. I know evil adults were once evil children probably but still, in my mind all children are good. It sounds wonderfully creepy though… Great review!

    1. Thanks Inge. Based on the true crime documentaries that I like to watch, I believe that kids can be evil. Armadeep Sada is currently the world’s youngest serial killer. He committed 4 murders by the age of 8. Mary Bell is also one of the first child serial killers. Kids can be evil lol though I think most of them are just adorable and good 🙂

      Thank you.

      1. I had no idea. Committing crimes at such a young age (without group pressure), it’s unbelievable. Still, turning against your own mother like that, someone who showered this child with love… I’d be even more interested in the child’s ego and id, her character and psychology, than the evil games she puts her mother through :-). Hmm maybe I am curious about this book after all 🙂

  7. Great review Diana! I have a tendency to use the “watching the trainwreck” quite often in my reviews too to get across the point that you know you shouldn’t be watching this but can’t seem to stop. LOL

    1. hahah that phrase was perfect for this one. Probably shouldn’t be reading stories about evil kids but still, couldn’t stop myself 🙂

      Thanks Carrie.

  8. That comparison with The Orphan definitely makes me want to read it even more… I like a creepy read every once in a while. Wonderful review!

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