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.
DNF @ 120 pages
I’ve already decided that this is the most disappointing book of the whole year for me. I had hugely high hopes for this novel, putting it in my “most anticipated books of 2018” blog post AND predicting it being a 5 star read. Well, LOOK AT ME NOW.
I really don’t mean to sound like I’m bashing other readers, because I’m so happy others got enjoyment out of this (I reeeeally wish I had too) but I honestly can’t understand why people are loving this so much! I’ve seen hundreds of 5 and 4 star reviews for this book and I just. don’t. get. it!
Maybe I’m getting to the point where thrillers have to be really good for me to enjoy them, as they’re basically all I read, but I couldn’t find anything in this book that felt even slightly unique or exciting. I personally found the book extremely boring. Everything that happened was purely for shock factor. There was no character development and no story to follow. It was just event after event, with no connections, like a diary… and if this book was set up to be like a diary, that would have made sense and probably would have made this book more enjoyable, but it wasn’t presented like that.
I didn’t connect with any of the characters from the get-go. Hannah seemed unrealistic to me, and I know she’s supposed to be this super creepy child but her “scariness” was overdone. Suzette is just a horrible mother in the most horrible of senses. She acts all sweet and as though she loves her child when in public (or even just her husband) but in private is rude and unloving. All she cares about is having all of her husband’s affection. Then Alex, the husband, is just sickly. Again, nothing enjoyable about his character.
One thing I really couldn’t get on with in this book was the strong focus on Suzette’s Crohn’s Disease. I get that the it was an important part of her childhood and shaped the life she lives, but reading about her troubles with it every few pages was so tedious and boring!
I honestly couldn’t find one enjoyable thing about this novel. Even the “shock factor” seemed pretty bland. For new readers of the genre, this book is probably going to blow minds, but as a connoisseur of creepy children novels, this was severely lacking in horror and excitement.
I’m so glad I won this as part of a giveaway and didn’t spend my money on it like I had planned to.