This is a debut novel that is captivating, creepy, and bone chilling.
Stay-at-home mom Suzette has her hands full trying to connect with her daughter, Hanna.
Hanna is seven years old and she cannot, or will not speak. On top of that, Suzette can’t shake the feeling that Hanna, her own daughter, actually despises her.
Suzette’s ex-husband, Alex, wants to believe her versions of Hanna’s unusual behavior, but he has never seen it firsthand. Hanna displays only love and affection for him and that drives Suzette crazy. Maybe Hanna is just a typical, young girl, but it seems that she loves her Daddy, Alex and hates her Mommy, Suzette.
This is a tale that unfolds in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Hanna and Suzette. Suzette’s chapters convey her fear, anger, frustration, and desperation. Hanna’s chapters show her perspective and desire to ‘fix’ things. She sees Suzette as the only thing standing in the way of complete devotion of her father, Alex, and she plots ways to step up her game against Mommy.
If you are into chilling, psychological thrillers about evil, creepy children, this is the novel for you.
— Amy Handley
A battle of wills between mother and daughter reveals the frailty and falsehood of familial bonds in award-winning playwright and filmmaker Zoje Stage’s tense audiobook of psychological suspense, Baby Teeth.
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…
Praise for Baby Teeth:
“We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Gone Girl meets The Omen....a twisty, delirious read that will constantly question your sympathies for the two characters as their bond continues to crumble.” —Entertainment Weekly
"A pulse-spiking thriller." —PopSugar