Lullaby is hilarious, chock full of the dead-on observations and comments on modern culture that made Palahniuk’s first four novels so great. I’d imagine that if you liked them, you’ll like this one, too. (Warning – the following paragraph contains some possible spoilers).
The story centers around a man named, Carl Streator. One day, he wakes up to find his wife and six-month old daughter dead in their beds. They died in their sleep for no apparent reason. Now, twenty years later, Carl is a journalist. He comes upon a case where babies all over the country are dying of ‘crib deaths’, which means that their deaths cannot be explained. He traces these deaths back to a lullaby of African origin that has the power to kill people. Now that Carl has this power in his hands, he soons becomes a killing machine, whether he wants it or not.
And of course, like in all of Palahniuk’s novels, Carl meets a woman who looks normal and sane on the outside but who is everything but. Helen has also lost her family because of the culling song. They embark on a journey to destroy all of the existing copies of the song so that innocent people will stop dying. But they also want to destory the song so that they’ll be the only ones to hold the power over life and death.
I found Lullaby to be a great novel. I finished it in less than three days. I was sad to finish it so quickly, but that just means I’ll be able to re-read it again very soon. I still think Fight Club is his best work, but Lullaby was a lot better than Choke. I will have to read his other two novels when I get the chance. I think Chuck Palahniuk is a fantastic writer with a very creative mind. One thing is for sure, when you read a Chuck Palahniuk novel, you know you’re in for a wild ride.