Does anyone have a very specific way of rating books? I feel like most of my books are 4-5 stars, with a 3 or 3.5 thrown in there. This was a weird one. It was more than a 3.5, but not quite a 4, which is why it got the weird 3.8 stars. Just bear with me here!
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: Baby Teeth
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Zoje Stage
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 58/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied.
But Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother’s rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she’s with her father. To Alex, she’s willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she’s told.
Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and Alex apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger…
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41150426-baby-teeth
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: This book had been hyped up so much as one of the creepiest books ever and I was so excited to break my streak of romances for a good horror. And honestly, it fell a little flat.
Hannah was a creepy kid, there’s no denying that. She was incredibly manipulative and seemed to know exactly how to get what she wanted. And her malice towards her mother was absolutely unreal. I definitely loved the juxtaposition between Hannah’s relationship with her dad and with her mom – it gave the story a lot of depth and different turns.
I also really liked how the book was formatted. Getting to see Hannah’s side and her mom’s side of every situation was super interesting and really added to the story, especially when it came to hearing Hannah’s inner thought process. I also liked seeing how this affected Alex and Suzette’s relationship.
Now for the parts that I didn’t get. Why did Hannah all of a sudden decide she was a witch (or believe the witch was helping her – I couldn’t decide which was going on)? That seemed to come out of nowhere and was never really explained so every time Marie was mentioned, I was confused. The ending also didn’t really sit super well with me. I was left wanting SO much more, and not in a good way. The ending fell kind of flat to me.
This book was definitely creepy and I definitely recommend for any horror/thriller lovers out there!
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