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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage–Review-4.5 Stars

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Baby Teeth–Coming 7/17/18–A Fascinating and Shocking Novel.

 

Wow, Baby Teeth is one of the darkest, creepiest horror books that I’ve read in a long time. It was a fascinating story, in a shocking-horror-type of way. I couldn’t put the book down, and read it in one sitting. 

 By all outward appearances, Suzette and Alex had it all. They were financially comfortable, had a loving, passionate relationship, and a beautiful daughter.  But, appearances can be deceiving. 

Seven-year-old Hanna was cunning. She knew how to get her way, whether she was at home, in school or just out with Suzette, her mother. Hanna was sweet and loving when she wanted to be. With her mother, however, Hanna was cold, calculating and manipulative. Hanna wanted her father for herself and was determined to do whatever was necessary to make that happen. 

Suzette loved her daughter and wanted only the best for her. And, even though Hanna’s hostile behavior towards her, hurt, she showered Hanna with love. Suzette made mistakes along the way but sincerely tried to give Hanna a better childhood than she had for herself. Alex was oblivious to Hanna’s manipulations. He couldn’t believe that his sweet daughter was capable of the evil deeds being reported to him. Suzette’s life became a hellish power-struggle with her daughter, even dangerous, whenever her husband was not in sight.

Kudos to the author for creating such an unforgettable debut novel. Whether you like the book or not, it’s bound to stir up strong emotions. If you can handle reading about twisted minds, even in a child, then this book might be for you. I rated this book down from 5 stars to 4.5, because Hanna’s behavior to me, seemed too advanced for her age. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 stars out of 5~ Review by Peg Glover

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**The Girl On The Train**by Paula Hawkins*5-Stars

The Girl on the Train

The Girl On The Train is a well-written psychological thriller and a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Rachel is an alcoholic who has lost everything. She rides past her old neighborhood and stares from the train window at her home where she once lived. Rachel’s replacement lives there now along with Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom. Rachel starts to live a fantasy life, through what she considers to be the perfect couple, Megan, and Scott until Megan is declared missing. Rachel becomes obsessed with helping Scott, she desperately wants to do something positive in her community where she thinks she can make a difference. But do so, Rachel finds herself rolling lies off her tongue as easily as if they were truths.

The long narratives with little dialogue in this book slowed the pace of the story down unnecessarily. The author, however, does an extraordinary job, describing the alcoholic’s fogginess, lies, embarrassing calls, emails, blackouts and self-loathing behavior that I pressed on. And I’m glad I did! The book has several subplots that come together nicely in the end.

People aren’t always who they appear to be. Some wear masks and live secret lives with hidden agendas. This book is a perfect example of such people. The Girl On The Train is a well-written book, worthy of your time. I highly recommend reading this incredible psychological thriller.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover