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Baby teeth /

by Stage, Zoje [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: ix, 304 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781250170750; 1250170753.Subject(s): Mothers and daughters -- Fiction | Violence in children -- Fiction | Children of sick parents -- Fiction | Manipulative behavior -- Children -- Fiction | Crohn's disease -- Patients -- Fiction | Mothers and daughters -- Fiction | Suspense fiction | Fiction | Thrillers (Fiction) | Domestic fiction | Detective and mystery fiction | Novels | Detective and mystery fiction | Domestic fiction | Thrillers (Fiction.) | Novels | Thrillers (Fiction)Summary: "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..."-- Amazon.com.
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<p> One of Entertainment Weekly 's Must-Read Books for July | People Magazine's Book of the Week | One of Bustle's "Fifteen Books With Chilling Protagonists That Will Keep You Guessing" | One of PopSugar's "25 Must-Read Books That Will Make July Fly By!" | One of the "Biggest Thrillers of the Summer" -- SheReads | A Barnes and Noble Blog Best Thriller for July! | " New & Noteworthy" -- USA Today | " Summer 2018 Must-Read" -- Bookish | " One of 11 Crime Novels You Should Read in July" -- Crime Reads | " Best Summer Reads for 2018" -- Publishers Weekly | "The Five Best Horror Books of 2018-2019" --Forbes </p> <p> "Gripping" -- InStyle <br> "Propulsive." -- New York Times Book Review <br> " A wholly original and terrifically creepy story." -- Refinery29 <br> "A twisty, delirious read" -- EntertainmentWeekly.com <br> "A deliciously creepy read." -- New York Post </p> <p> MEET HANNA: Seven-year-old Hanna is a sweet-but-silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father Alex. He's the only person who understands her. But her mother Suzette stands in her way, and she'll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.</p> <p> MEET SUZETTE: Suzette loves her daughter, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. She's also becoming increasingly frightened by Hanna's little games, while her husband Alex remains blind to the failing family dynamics. Soon, Suzette starts to fear that maybe their supposedly innocent baby girl may have a truly sinister agenda.<br> 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 novel of psychological suspense, Baby Teeth. </p> <p> "Unnerving and unputdownable, Baby Teeth will get under your skin and keep you trapped in its chilling grip until the shocking conclusion." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline </p> <p> " 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 </p> <p> "A pulse-spiking thriller." -- PopSugar </p>

"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..."-- Amazon.com.

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DEBUT In this deliciously creepy thriller, seven-year-old Hanna silently connives to kill her mother so she can have dear daddy all to herself. Stay-at-home mom Suzette longed for a little girl she could connect with and dote on. Instead, almost from birth, Hanna is emotionally detached and silent. After ruling out cognitive disabilities, autism, and a hearing disability, -Suzette and Alex come to accept Hanna's silence as a quirk she'll one day outgrow. But while Hanna is all smiles and hugs when Alex comes home, during the daytime, it's a -battle of wills between mother and daughter. Alex fails to see or acknowledge Hanna's vindictive, destructive, and increasingly violent behavior. Experiencing a mix of guilt, anger, and anxiety about her parenting, Suzette also struggles with the daily pain and unpredictability of Crohn's disease, which is described with visceral authenticity. The author keeps the suspense taut by alternating chapters between Hanna and Suzette, offering a terrifying glimpse into the inner thoughts of a budding sociopath. VERDICT This twisty first novel has been aptly compared to The Omen and Lionel Shiver's We Need To Talk About Kevin, which is especially apparent in Stage's exploration of the dark side of modern motherhood. A first purchase where suspenseful and offbeat psychological thrillers circulate well.-Kiera Parrott, LJS © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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