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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BLOG BUZZ TOUR and REVIEW: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby Teeth
by Zoje Stage

Excited to be today's stop on the Blog Buzz Tour for Baby Teeth!

You've probably heard about this book by now - There will be an upcoming giveaway on my  Instagram page @wherethereadergrows so stay tuned!

For an excerpt and buy links go HERE.

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Publishing:  July 17, 2018
320 Pages
Genres:  Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet 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.

My Review:

I LOVE reading about evil children. Why? I don't know. I think they're probably the creepiest around. And there's the argument between nurture versus nature and no one ever really knows for sure as arguments to both make sense ... some of the time. I used to SCOUR true crime and the kids section were always the most fascinating to me. So when presented with this book, YES PLEASE!

Have you ever seen the movies Bad Seed and the Good Son? No? You should! Especially if you like stories such as these. Meet Hanna - phew, this precocious 7 year old is SMART, DEVIOUS, MANIPULATIVE and MUTE. As this book goes back and forth between her mind and the mind of her mother, Suzette, we really get right into the psychology of Hanna's mind and how she sees the world and it is FASCINATING.

Now, I'll admit, I was a bit into the book and was hemming and hawing. Like, ok, she's evil clearly, but when is she going to really do something BAD? I was a bit bored and .. just... waiting for it. Like, DO SOMETHING already. I could see what the author was doing though - building her mental state and her progression as her ideas and plans become more and more convoluted. So when I put aside the want of more action on her part, I found the psychological aspect intriguing and needed to know what was going to happen. 

I can see this being a bit divisive in readers. As someone who loves the psychological mind, I appreciated where the author took this at the end and how the parents reacted. Not being a parent myself (and certainly not wanting to be after this read....), I can only imagine how hard it is to deal with loving your child simultaneously while being afraid of her. 

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