Title: Baby Teeth
Author: Zoje Stage
ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
This book gave me chills while reading, and that’s exactly the feeling I’m looking for when I decide to pick up a thriller. Baby Teeth was a complete page-turner, with a plot unlike any other I’ve read before.
This book was uncomfortable to read at times, and I’m sure it won’t be for everyone, but I loved every second of it. I found myself easily sympathizing with Suzette’s frustration not only in regards to Hanna’s behavior, but also with Alex’s reluctance to believe her. The story is told through both Suzette’s and Hanna’s points of views, and it was executed perfectly. There were times when I could understand Suzette’s short patience and trepidation towards her daughter, and even a few times when I could also understand how Hanna’s feelings and behaviors might have developed.
There were some parts that totally creeped me out. Some of Hanna’s behaviors reminded me of a particular incident I had at work not too long ago when I had to float to the psychiatric unit and sit with a pediatric patient with psychosis. They were most stressful and frightening four hours of my life, and it allowed me to imagine how terrifying Hanna’s chilling words and actions would have been to Suzette since I have witnessed similar words and behaviors.
Baby Teeth is fast-paced, thrilling, and easy to read. The alternating POVs between Suzette and Hanna had me flying through the pages, and I had trouble putting it down. Highly recommend to those who like a disturbing read that’s sure to stick with you through the years!