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Lullaby – Book Review

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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published April 14th 2012
Carl Streator, journalist, believes he's found the cause of SIDS deaths. A poem, read to babies to help them sleep, forever, a culling song.

A song that he unknowingly read to his young wife and daughter so many years ago, and that realtor Helen Hoover Boyle read to her young husband and son so many years ago.

And now that he knows the secret, Mr Streator can't stop the song from rolling through his head.

Enter Mona and Oyster, two young hippies/Wiccans/Pagans/nudists who believe that Mr Streator and Helen need to learn how to control their power/knowledge. This begins an adventure to destroy all 500 copies made of the book containing the culling poem and trace back to the original Book of Shadows, the book that started it all, the all-powerful, the book that each want for their own purposes.

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk was published in 2002 by Anchor Books, a division of Random House. Like Palahniuk's other works, Lullaby doesn't fail to shock and sometimes appal the reader, but Palahniuk keeps his readers intrigued until the end.

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Also in keeping with Palahniuk's style, the characters in Lullaby are not always likeable, including the main character Mr Streator, and are at times downright frustrating and repelling. All four key personalities: Mr Streator, Helen, Mona and Oyster, have their faults, and come up against them within Lullaby's pages.

So, for something unusual to read, try this: Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk.
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