July 23, 2018

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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Looking at this book, you have no idea what to expect. Is it a coming of age story? Maybe a touching book about motherhood? You'd never guess that it's a story about a twisted and terrifying mother-daughter relationship that will give you chills. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is so unlike anything I've ever read, and I am so glad that I experienced this story.

This book follows mom Suzette, dad Alex, and little Hanna. Told from both Suzette and Hanna's points of view, the story opens with Hanna not ever speaking, and her parents being concerned that something is physically wrong with her. She barks like a vicious dog, sets trash cans on fire, and gets kicked out of school after school, so there has to be an explanation. When all the tests come back with no sign of physical causes, everyone begins to suspect that maybe Hanna just doesn't want to talk. But why?

Then, all of a sudden Hanna does start talking. But only to her mother, and not as herself, but rather as a historical witch. Hanna starts speaking terrifying things to her mother, horrifying Suzette. And it only gets worse from there.

Hanna is actually a terrifying character. Her chapters were where you were really able to understand not only how twisted she is, but also how intelligent (which in my opinion makes it even scarier.) I felt so bad for Suzette because all she wanted was a happy and healthy daughter, and understandably the whole situation was breaking her down. Even through struggling with her own illness, she kept trying to do what she thought would help Hanna. Honestly, I couldn't stand Alex though. His blindness to the situation and unwillingness to believe anything negative about his daughter really rubbed me the wrong way.

This was an incredibly disturbing story that made my skin crawl. It was new and inventive and exhilarating until the very last page.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press for both an ARC and a finished copy of this chilling and creepy read! Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is out now, so be sure to pick up a copy!

9 comments:

fizah saeed said...

Sounds intriguing, Nice Review.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

This one creeped me out for sure! That last chapter 🙈

Great review!

Bookworms Corner said...

Every review that I read for this book makes me more creeped out about reading it. Great review this book just sounds like it ramps the creepy factor up to 10.

Cia Black said...

I have this book too. I wanted to read it so bad, but I keep hearing how creepily the story unfolds I think I'm just weary of it as I'm not much into the creepy factor.

DJ Sakata said...

I was scared of this one - glad you liked it

Jess Reis said...

I think I heard/saw this title somewhere, but I didn't know what it was about. From your review, I'm very curious about the book.

Book Ink Reviews said...

Everything I have heard about this book is that it is BRILLIANT. But I have a daughter. Spunky, sweet, talkative and healthy. But even still, I can't do creepy kids that grow into terrifying adults. Nope. Just nope.

Whispering Stories said...

Sounds very creepy indeed. Also sounds like my kind of book. Great review.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I've been hearing mix reviews about this book and it sure does looks and sounds super creepy I really want to check it out of the library one day. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.