Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Five titles featuring (possibly) murderous children

Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they’re real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California, which is—no joke—home to another Amber Garza.

Garza's new novel is A Mother Would Know.

At CrimeReads she tagged five books in which "mothers must choose between protecting their children and protecting others from their children." One title on the list:
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

I’m glad I read this book after my kids were grown. Had they been little, I would have slept with my eyes open. In one of the most chilling and creepy books I’ve ever read, seven-year-old Hanna is sweet as pie to her dad Alex, but constantly torments her mom, Suzette. Since Alex never sees that side of Hanna, he has a hard time believing his wife’s accusations and it drives a wedge between them, which only further fuels Hanna’s manipulations. No matter how bad things become, though, Suzette loves her daughter and continues trying to help her, even to her own detriment.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Baby Teeth is among Christina Dalcher's seven crime books that challenge notions of inherent female goodness, May Cobb's five psychological thrillers featuring single-minded villains & anti-heroes, Jae-Yeon Yoo's top ten books about the promise & perils of alternative schooling, Pamela Crane's five top novels featuring parenting gone wild, Damien Angelica Walters's five titles about the horror of girlhood, and Sally Hepworth's eight messed up fictional families.

--Marshal Zeringue