Baby Teeth – Review

Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the chance to read and review Baby Teeth.

img_8438So bad. So good.

Let me tell you a little story, as a teenager I remember watching a documentary about a family with a schizophrenic daughter and being terrified! What if that happened to me when I had kids? I can’t imagine being stuck with a difficult child for life. Maybe that makes me a horrible person, but mostly, I think it makes me human. It would feel like a prison and I can’t imagine being tasked with such burden. It has been a huge fear of mine since watching the documentary, especially when I was pregnant and raising infants. I know it sounds silly and selfish to worry about such things, but having children feels like rolling the dice, you never know who they will become or what their personalities will be like.

While reading Baby Teeth, I felt immensely grateful for my normal, loving little humans. So grateful.
In the story, Hanna is a silent little dear while her daddy is around. He loves her and they share an unbreakable bond. When Suzette, Hanna’s mother, is alone with Daddy’s Angel, however, a different story emerges. Hanna becomes a dangerous demon-child, hellbent on keeping her mother away from her father. No one is allowed to come between her and Daddy, especially Mommy.
“Sweet” seven-year-old Hanna is determined to devise a plan to get rid of her mother, preferably forever.

I was a little freaked out when I read the synopsis, especially because I have a daughter close to the same age and I couldn’t imagine her being so devious. The idea is chilling and disturbing, but ridiculously intriguing. I knew I had to read this book because it’s completely out of the box, creepy, and interesting. I couldn’t read that description and not find out what happened with this family. Be warned, though, Baby Teeth has some of the most mixed reviews I’ve ever seen for a book and it hasn’t even released yet. I’m definitely on the “loved it” side of the spectrum, and hope others will be too.

Reading from Hanna’s perspective was everything I envisioned. I felt myself wanting to shout, “Kill it! KILL IT!” The author’s ability to bring this demon-creature to life was stellar. Hanna’s inner voice truly sounded like a demented seven-year-old child who seemed to have a clear-cut motive for wanting her mother out of the picture. Her lunacy made the story constantly scary and exciting, keeping my Kindle glued to my fingers to figure out what she would do next.

Suzette’s point of view was my favorite to read. As a mother myself, I was able to relate to her perspective quite well, understanding the back and forth feelings she was consistently battled in regards to her daughter’s well-being. She obviously loved her daughter – she carried her for nine months, she’s part of her own flesh, but she couldn’t help being frightened of Hanna’s wicked antics. Any normal mother would feel confused, guilty, and somehow responsible for their child’s behavior. Like Suzette said in the story, “the mother is always to blame,” whether we criticize ourselves or receive the blame of those around us.
What about the dads, Society? Can’t they step up and receive some of the benefits and blame of parenting, too?

Speaking of fathers, Andy angered me almost more than Hanna! What an oblivious fool. In the words of Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

This book isn’t releasing for months, and it makes me so sad because I want everyone to have it now! Everything about this story is fine-tuned – there is excellent characterization and a stellar plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. While some may complain that parts of this story don’t seem realistic, I have to disagree. Who has a measuring stick for a psychotic seven-year-old? I think Hanna’s temperament and actions were explained meticulously from her point of view. Unfortunately Baby Teeth will not be available until July; however, I definitely recommend doing yourself a favor by pre-ordering this exciting novel now with the links below. It is definitely one of the most twisted books I have had the pleasure of reading, and I hope you will pick it up too!

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