Review From User :
When Suzette becomes a mother for the first time, she is excited and anxious, as any new mother would be.
She didn't have the greatest relationship with her own Mum and feels this is her chance to do better by her daughter.
Suzette and her husband, Alex, work hard to provide their daughter, Hanna, a home she can grow and flourish in.
However, it becomes apparent fairly quickly that Hanna is not an ordinary child.
Due to Hanna being non-communicative and combative, Suzette is forced to keep her home and provide all of her schooling and care.
She doesn't want to do this. No one, including her husband, seems to understand what she has to go through every day.
She wants Hanna to go to school like the other children. She wants her to learn how to play and interact with others.
And, yes, let's be honest, get her out of her hair for a while, but Hanna has other plans.
What transpired within these pages chilled me to the core. THE CORE.
This kid. Mmmmm, she is not messing around. I WANTED to get away from her and she's a fictional character.
This story is a story you think you know. It's the classic The Omen evil child trope.
I don't think I am giving anything away by saying that. You can deem that much from reading the synopsis but this book is SO much more than that.
It is unnerving in the reality of it. This could happen and probably does. I know there are parents out there who are afraid of their children.
This book made ME afraid of their children.
I loved this book. I added it to my favorites shelf and I haven't done that in LONG time. This disturbed me in such a glorious way.
I shall be singing its praises for years to come and you best believe I will be picking up anything else Zoje Stage chooses to write!
Sweetness can be deceptive.
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.
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.