Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

I’ve read a good smattering of Horror in my time. However, I’ve found over time the stories that scared me the most involve children. I mean think about it….Gage in Pete Cemetary. After he comes back is creepy, severely creepy. I was thinking about this as I read Baby Teeth. What is it about the book that would make it so creepy? It is the idea that a child could be evil. Not just naughty or normal child acting out but actually evil…like Damien evil.

Baby Teeth

Summary: A mother who seems to have it all is tormented by her daughter.

What I liked: Ummm. Yeah. I like the book. I thought that the ending was fresh and different. It actually didn’t end how I thought it would and I love when that happens. Stage’s writing was superb. The tension and fear that Suzette felt through the entire book was palpable. The madness that she thought she was experiencing was made all the more heightened by the writing style. The horror of what is occurring between mother and daughter can be felt in the writing. It is there in the room with you as you are reading. The pacing was spot on and kept you turning the page. I also liked the structure of the chapters. The mother and daughter each take a turns in discussing their Point of Views. The book is dark and disturbing and I loved that.

What I didn’t like: I think I would have like more about what Alex was thinking. I understand the story was between mother and daughter but a chapter by Alex would have been nice at the end.

Star Rating: 4.5

My thoughts: I found this an interesting read for many different reasons. The first is the nature vs. nurture type questions this story brings up. The second the question surrounding being a good parent. What does that mean? I don’t know exactly. The third the separation between two people in a couple when you have a child that sometimes happens. And the last parents need to work as a team and have each other’s backs. There is so much that this story brings up that is pretty normal but HOLY SHIT sooo much that is so wrong.

Release date: July 17th, 2018

I would like to thank NetGalley and St.MartinsPress for providing a advanced readers copy for my honest opinion.