Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Main Characters

  • Suzette
  • Hanna
  • Alex

Publisher’s Summary

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….

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)

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Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Just NO. Do not buy, rent, borrow this book! It’s not worth it. Ps, I read the whole book hoping for a twisted ending. There is no storyline, you get to a tiny bit of climax and then you go back to the stagnant insignificant storyline of a daughter who hates her mom and does despicable things. Worst book I have ever read and my first .05 star rating review.

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Book Quotes

“It was hard to pour endless love into someone who wouldn’t love you back. No one could do it forever”

“She resented her body’s betrayal. She still couldn’t express how insecure it made her, how she lived on a precipice. The most basic parts of her could fail, and there was nothing she could do to stop it.”

“We had an accident–‘
Suzette cut Alex off. ‘Hanna’s trying to kill me.”

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