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Cutting Teeth

"Murder, mystery, motherhood, and four-year-old biters with a thirst for blood - this suspenseful thriller is devilishly dark, and darkly funny."

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Part wildly wicked murder mystery, part razor-sharp dissection of motherhood, Chandler Baker’s Cutting Teeth is the kind of novel that’ll leave you wondering what the hell just happened! Featuring frazzled moms, vampiric four-year-olds, a hot pastor, and a murdered pre-school teacher, it’s an outrageously unique story that’ll have you flipping the pages at breakneck speed — guaranteed.

Healthy-eating obsessed Rhea is a single mom to four-year-old Bohdi, while Mary Beth, mom to Noelle, takes counsel about having more marital sex from Pastor Ben, a man who’s handsome like a “nineties heartthrob”. Then there’s Darby, a woman whose breasts “used to be quite nice before her kids literally ate them”, and whose four-year-old daughter Lola is a biter.

As more kids at the Little Academy preschool hop aboard the biting bandwagon, their teacher Miss Ollie is murdered on school grounds. Little by little, more facts about the murder are revealed. When the media gets wind of them, questions about juvenile vampirism (AKA Renfield’s syndrome) are raised. Then the Poop Bandit strikes — which kid has taken to depositing do-do around the school?!

On top of the unfolding whodunnit mystery, Cutting Teeth offers incisive commentary on the unfair standards mothers are held to ­—  while men are able to become “the dad that gets their shit together”, in contrast “there’s no redemption for mothers. Mothers better be born perfect. Pure and virgin white.” Add to that the novel’s indecent levels of humour (“Mommy? Should I bite him?” asks little Lola when the police take Darby in for questioning), and Cutting Teeth amounts to a roguishly satisfying read. 

Joanne Owen

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