Both a searing social commentary on female friendships, community ties and modern motherhood, and a riveting murder mystery, Cutting Teeth is delightfully weird, jaw-droppingly brilliant and wickedly funny.
Baker’s plot is complex and gripping, featuring a brutal murder and an eye-opening look at suburban motherhood ... Dark secrets, retribution, and the lengths a mother will go to to protect her child all feature in this twisted, disturbing story.
Red herrings abound and clues are dispensed tantalizingly. The building social tension is so good that the murder mystery can feel almost unnecessary ... Baker limns the fascinating ways parents in a community can be simultaneously at odds with and bonded to each other and how the pressure of parenthood makes crisis hard to define.
Suspenseful and darkly comic ... Baker’s descriptions of the joys and trials of raising children bolster the mystery at the book’s core. With winning cynicism, she delivers a wicked thriller that doubles as a glimpse at motherhood’s dark underbelly.