Saturday, August 11, 2018

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Rating: 4-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"Meet Hanna.
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.

Meet Suzette.
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..." [+ More].

This is the second book I read where the little psychopath is a girl named Hanna. Hmmm... I'm gonna have to look into the meaning of that name.

I really like Hanna deviousness and the ways she uses to upset her mother. What I don't like is the way Hanna's mother, Suzette reacts. Hanna is only 7 for God's sake, but Suzette acts like if Hanna is an adult! I mean, slap the little bitch into sense! And if you already know your daughter is a little demon, why the fuck don't you take pictures and have your phone ready to record things? Seriously, you would think that is the first thing that a parent would do.

Okay, some parents don't believe in hitting their children... Well, good luck with that. I come from a third world country where my mom used to beat the shit out of me (withing reasonable force) and I turned out fine. No, I was not abused, I was disciplined. But Suzette is even scared of punishing Hanna because it might hurt her feelings!

Is this family relationship for real?

Alex, the husband, it is obviously oblivious to what is going on, but that is fine; he is not important in the story. He just comes home from work and spends a little time with Hanna.

I don't know what is this bullshit of apologizing to Hanna to make her feel better. Suzette, you know your daughter is a little crazy bitch, stop being so stupid.

Hanna, so careful all along, finally does something that leaves evidence behind. And what does Suzette do when Hanna finally does something that makes Alex, the father, see her for who she really is? Well, she downplays Hanna's actions! "Maybe I should apologize to her," "maybe she was upset about something and was acting out," "oh! it's nothing, I'll be fine tomorrow." Woman, hadn't you been looking for something to make your husband believe you about your bride-of-Chucky-child? And now that you finally have proof you try to dismiss it?! Damn!

I like how the author gave Hanna's behavior a setting. That is, she was only seven so she was only a child, thus she could not be evil for the same reasons adults are evil. Hanna had a fantasy, a delusion that made her hate her mother. Oh! Yes, she also lacked empathy and all that.

I liked the ending and, the way Stage left things, I would love to read another book about Hanna and her stupid mother (hopefully not so stupid next time).