Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby Teeth
Zoje Stage

Rating:  3.5 bookmarks

Here’s a psychological thriller that will make you very uncomfortable. What are Suzette and Alex to do when life with their demonic 7-year-old daughter gets dangerous? Try to understand? Rationalize? Maintain a normal façade? What’s their breaking point?

Hanna is an adorable little girl, on the surface. But she refuses to talk and plays her parents against each other. No school will have her, so Suzette has tabled her art career to home school Hanna while Alex builds his new Scandinavian design business in Pittsburgh. Mommy is the bad parent. Daddy can do no wrong. And when Daddy’s away, Hanna’s evil deeds become more and more alarming.

When Hanna finally speaks, it’s in the chilling voice of an alter ego.

Zoje Stage’s debut thriller poses an interesting dilemma and her characters shoulder additional complex problems. Suzette comes from an unhappy childhood and struggles with Crohn’s disease. Alex wants the perfect family and misses many signs that their life is in trouble. Hanna is, well, we don’t know. The reader can only try to understand her and see what happens.

In addition to the uncomfortable subjects, readers should brace themselves for graphic language and ideas. Stage’s rough descriptions and dialogue can be very jarring. I found some of this excessive and much of it did not seem to fit her characters, who are portrayed as smooth and sophisticated. Perhaps that’s the point however, their façade is nothing like who they really are.

Alex and Suzette ultimately seek professional help which gives the reader better insight into Hanna’s problem, or maybe it doesn’t.

Themes of unconditional love, marriage, family, careers, and self-preservation run through Baby Teeth, making it a relatable story for all readers.

This is the kind of book that demands you read it straight through. Stage has created a powerful momentum and I couldn’t rest until I finished.

I received an ARC of Baby Teeth from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. While there was a disclaimer at the beginning assuring readers that all formatting issues would be addressed, these jumps and other rough draft problems were more frequent than other ARCs and were a bit of a distraction.

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Merging genres – it’s all good!

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Is it my imagination or are genres starting to merge?  When is a mystery just a mystery and when is a suspense only a suspense?  And when did historical fiction sneak in?  No matter, the good books keep coming and that’s all we want!

Here’s a list of some quality mystery/suspense/historical fiction that are sharing space on my bookshelf.

blood of the prodigalBlood of the Prodigal by P.L. Gaus – 3 Bookmarks:  Light Amish mystery set in Ohio

Brooklyn on FireBrooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy – 4 Bookmarks:  Intriguing historical mystery in 1890s Brooklyn

Child 44

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith – 3 ½ Bookmarks:  Someone is murdering children in Joseph Stalin’s Russia.

Anyone else remember this cover?Coma by Robin Cook – 3 Bookmarks:  Creepy throwback medical thriller from the 70s

Death in a Dacron Sail coverDeath in a Dacron Sail by N. A. Granger – 4 Bookmarks:  Amateur sleuth Rhe Brewster solves a murder in Maine

Death in a Red Canvas Chair coverDeath in a Red Canvas Chair by N. A. Granger – 3 Bookmarks:  Rhe Brewster’s first case

defending jacobDefending Jacob by William Landay – 3 Bookmarks: What do you do when your teenage son is a murder suspect?

Eating BullEating Bull by Carrie Rubin – 4 Bookmarks:  Medical/psychological thriller that tackles obesity and the food industry

Elizabeth is Missing picElizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – 3 ½ Bookmarks:  An old woman with dementia is sure her friend is missing.

frank mary shelleyFrankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – 4 Bookmarks:  Classic monster story about good and evil

gonegirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 4 Bookmarks:  You can’t believe your spouse in this creepy thriller.

Jane Eyre picJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë  – 5 Bookmarks:  What are those noises upstairs at Thornfield Hall?

reconstructing ameliaReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – 3 Bookmarks:  Teen secrets and cover-ups after a classmate dies

Second Street StationSecond Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy – 4 Bookmarks:  Brooklyn’s first female detective solves a high profile murder.

the girl with the dragon tattoo pic           The Girl who played with fire pic           The girl who kicked the hornet's nest pic           The Girl in the Spider's Web

Stieg Larsson Millennium Series – Lisbeth Salander Novels – 4 Bookmarks:  Suspenseful series about an enigmatic but kick-ass heroine

The Good NeighborThe Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner – 3 Bookmarks:  Questions emerge after a neighbor’s house burns to the ground.

the caged graves picThe Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni – 5 Bookmarks:  A mystery about two caged graves outside a cemetery

The DinnerThe Dinner by Herman Koch – 4 Bookmarks:  Twisted murder tale about a family cover-up

the-farm-by-tom-rob-smithThe Farm by Tom Rob Smith – 3 Bookmarks:  Who is telling the truth, Daniel’s mother or father?

The ImmortalsThe Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – 4 Bookmarks:  A modern day Artemis solves a murder in Manhattan

The RackThe Racketeer by John Grisham – 3 Bookmarks:  Clever crime story about a murdered judge

The Silent Wife picThe Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison – 4 Bookmarks:  Marital twists and turns in this psychological thriller

What are your favorites in this new literary amalgam?

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Who’s That Indie Author Recap: Sep/Oct 2015

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What a great response to Who’s That Indie Author!  Thanks to  everyone who has participated so far.  It has been great to “meet” these interesting authors.  What’s the number one challenge for indie authors?  Marketing and promotion. Here’s the place to get started.  If you are an indie author and want to get your name out there,  see the instructions at the bottom of this post.  Join the Who’s That Indie Author community!

Here’s a recap for September and October.  Be sure to click on the author’s name to view the indie author profile.

Michelle Eastman

Michelle EastmanGenre:  Children’s Picture Books
BooksThe Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale & Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie
Favorite BookThe Giving Tree  by Shel Silverstein
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing and promotion

Contact Information: Be sure to check out Michelle’s website at Michelle Eastman Books. You can also find her on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Tracy Ewens

Tracy EwensGenre:  Romance
Books:  Catalina Kiss, Premiere, Candidate & Taste
Favorite BookGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
Biggest Challenge:  Finding the right support and promotion

Contact Information: Website:; Blog:

A.E. Hellstorm

A. E. HellstormGenre:  Mixed (Horror/Relationship/Crime)
Books:  In the Hands of the Unknown & Lost
Favorite BooksThe Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Gut Symmetries by Jeannette Winterson
Biggest Challenge:  To be seen

Contact Information:, Goodreads Author, @Noarenne on Twitter

JR Rogers

JR RogersGenre:  Historical fiction, intrigue & espionage
Books: The Counterfeit Consul; Leopold’s Assassin; Doomed Spy; Mission to Morocco; The Cypriot Agent; The Way Things Were (Anthology); Nazilager (Summer 2016)
Favorite BookThe Sheltering Sky  by Paul Bowles
Biggest Challenge:  Self-promotion and securing reviews from readers

Contact Information: Be sure to visit JR Rogers’ website at Follow him on Twitter at @authorjrrogers.

Elizabeth Hein

Elizabeth HeinGenre:  Women’s Fiction
BooksHow To Climb The Eiffel Tower, Overlook, Escape Plan (2016)
Favorite BookJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё
Biggest Challenge:  Explaining how independent publishing works

Contact Information: Connect with Elizabeth through her blog, Scribbling in the Storage Room, her website,, Facebook, her Facebook author page, and Twitter.

Gwen Miller

Gwen MillerGenre:  Adoption/Addiction/Memoirs
BooksEchoes of Silence: Letters to a Drug Addicted Mother from the Woman Who Took Her Place ; Apples for Secrets: Former Child Abuse Victims Tell Their Stories for the First Time  (2016)
Favorite BookJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing & PR without a doubt

Contact Information: Visit Gwen Miller’s website and blog at You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Heather Walsh

Heather WalshGenre:  Contemporary Fiction
BooksDented Cans and The Drake Equation
Favorite BookPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Biggest Challenge:  Attracting new readers as more and more novels are published every year!

Contact Information: Visit Heather’s website at for more information and updates.

Evan Asher

Evan AsherGenre:  Contemporary Romance
BooksThe Profiteer , Sweeter for the Pain, A Dangerous Tune by Evan Asher & Rosemary Carr, Untrusting Hearts by Evan Asher & Madison Hartt
Favorite BookThe Mothers by Vardis Fisher
Biggest Challenge:  Making time to write

Contact Information: Website: ; Twitter: @EvanAsher555 ; Goodreads Author

Susan Kotch

Susan KotchGenre:  Young Adult
BooksCasey of Cranberry Cove ; Casey Whitman, High Flyer (2016)
Favorite BookMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Biggest Challenge:  The marketing, for sure!

Contact Information:   Come visit me on Twitter @susankotch, or via my website,

N.D. Richman

N.D. RichmanGenre:  Upper Middle Grade
BooksBrothers, Bullies and Bad Guys – First in the Boulton Quest Series; Sinners, Survivors and Saints – Second in the Boulton Quest Series
Favorite BookThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Biggest Challenge:  I can never find enough time to write.

Contact Information:

Are you an indie author looking for some positive publicity? Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

Email for a bio template and other details, and follow along on Book Club Mom to join the indie author community!

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Who’s That Indie Author? A. E. Hellstorm

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A. E. Hellstorm
A. E. Hellstorm

Author name: A.E. Hellstorm

Genre: Mixed (Horror/Relationship/Crime)

Books: In the Hands of the Unknown, Lost

In the Hands of the Unknown  Lost

Bio: A.E. Hellstorm was born in Sweden, but spent several years of her youth in Portugal and Greece, before returning to Stockholm, her city of birth. As a young adult she took a diploma in Creative Writing, as well as a Master of Arts in Scientific Archaeology. In 2005, she and her husband moved to Canada together with their cats, and have lived there ever since. In Canada she took a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management, and in Photography. She opened her photography business Flying Elk Photography in 2012. ‘In the Hands of the Unknown’ and ‘Lost’ are her first published novels, but she has had a play, ‘Marsvindar’, staged at Rosenlundsteatern in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1992, and she has also participated in two anthologies: ‘Karbunkel’ in 1994, and the ‘2014 Wyrdcon Companion Book’.

Favorite thing about being a writer: The favorite thing about being a writer is that you are never alone. You always have company by your characters.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: I would say that the biggest challenge for an indie author is to be seen. There are so many people who think that indie authors are synonymous with bad literature, but there are also gold nuggets out there waiting to be found; authors who for different reasons aren’t very interested in a publicity company and thus decide to publish on their own.

Favorite book: There are so many. Do I have to choose just one? I like The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Gut Symmetries by Jeannette Winterson, to name a few.

Contact Information:, Goodreads Author, @Noarenne on Twitter

Are you an indie author looking for some positive publicity? Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

Email for a bio template and other details, and follow along on Book Club Mom to join the indie author community!

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