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

"Gripping"InStyle
"Propulsive."New York Times Book Review
"A wholly original and terrifically creepy story."Refinery29
"A twisty, delirious read"EntertainmentWeekly.com
"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 Press

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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.

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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.

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