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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.
“There’s nothing scarier than loving a child and not understanding what they’re trying to tell you.”
Dysfunctional families are one of my favorite things to read about in a book. Throw in a dysfunctional child and I am so there! I really enjoyed Baby Teeth because every time you turned the page there was a new element and action to analyze and pick apart. Are these parents good parents? Is Hanna really that bad? What is driving her to do these things? I LOVED over-analyzing everything within this story. Contemplating all of the things that could happen or did happen was so much fun for me.
The authors writing was straight up chilling and the way she wrote from Hanna’s POV grabbed my attention from the get go. The eerie tone and psychotic thoughts were some of my favorite parts. She seemed wise beyond her years which made it that much more creepy. The author did a great job at making Hanna as creepy as she was and Suzette just as clueless and naive as she was, same with Alex.
I did have an issue with some plot holes. They weren’t major but there were definitely some things I would have liked to of found out. But…
The ending was oddly satisfying to me. It just…was.
Baby Teeth was just what I was expecting and more. It did a great job at depicting the struggle that occurs when a mother and daughter don’t bond. I feel like Suzette and Hanna both deal with issues pertaining to abandonment and exclusion and when mixed together they just don’t have the bond most parents have with their child. And that turns scary…for both.