Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk.  I bought this book after I read Fight Club and Invisible Monsters.  Palahniuk has a very unique writing style.  I’ve said of his other two books I’ve reviewed that they have a sort of stream of consciousness take to them, to where they should be read in one sitting.  This book is different as it can hold its own being read in shorter parts.

Book Stats

260 pages


Like his other books, genre is weird.  I’m going to call it Drama, although literary fiction might work better.


Carl Streator is a journalist looking into several cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  He has a strange past, and is a loner.  He also meets Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent who regularly sells and resells houses that are haunted.  All of the characters in this book have their flaws, and in many ways they aren’t the most likable, but they are very believable in how they deal with the situations they find themselves in.


Palahniuk has a tendency to start his books in large cities, and then travel throughout the U.S.  The setting isn’t nearly as important to his books as it is to some others.


While looking into cases of SIDS, Streator  discovers a culling song, a song that kills people.  Once he realizes what it is, he decides that he has to destroy every copy of the book that contains the culling song.


This book is one that I’m definitely going to have to read again sometime, and it’s one that will be better understood knowing what happens at the end, and I’ll be able to appreciate it more.  For a first read, the book did a lot of interesting things looking at temptation, power (and its abuse), responsibility, family, love, and different social issues.  There is a lot to this book, which is why it is one that will most likely get better with a reread.  When I reread this book, I’ll probably put up another post about it, but this review is for the first read through of the book.

Overall Grade

Some very interesting ideas, but I thought it went on a little too long at times.  It wasn’t ripping me through the pages like Invisible Monsters did, and it isn’t a casual read, but I’m going to read it again.  This book needs to be read multiple times to truly understand everything going on in it.


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