Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Sweetness can be deceptive.
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.
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.
For a thriller, I wasn’t so thrilled. I picked this book because I’ve read reviews that it was a disturbing read centering on an evil kid. Well, it’s NOT!!! At least, for me. It’s a story of a mentally ill kid- genetically sick in the head, who needs help. She was a kid who sees the world differently. In her eyes, she was simply rescuing her Daddy(whom she loves so much) from Mommy’s spell. She didn’t know better. She plots ways on how to kill Mommy but every time she fails, she gets disappointed with herself because she failed to save Daddy. Sure it was so WRONG for a kid to think that way, but I didn’t find it so horrifying. I don’t know, but it’s not as revolting and creepy as I thought it would be. Mommy and Daddy were more horrible for denying their kid the professional help she needed just because it means accepting that their lives weren’t so perfect after all. What I liked about it, is the message it conveys: The importance of facing the imperfections and flaws of the family and supporting each other in times of strifes. It showed how their struggle to keep a picture perfect family by denying the truth about their daughter fired back and almost cost Mommy her life. I was more intrigued by the family affair than the kid’s wicked antics. It lacked horror but still, there’s enough of other things to keep me going and finish the book. Such a cliffhanger though. Just like how you would end a thriller movie. Everyone thought it was over, BUUUUUT… Well, you know how it is.