‘Lullaby Beach’ by Stella Duffy – review

This book is largely a story about Kitty, the woman who commits suicide without saying goodbye, but it is so much more. It is a story about domestic abuse, ethnical minorities, rape, abortion, ordinary people being not ordinary and LGBTQ. Because it deals with so many topics, the critics are adamant that it tries to fill all the gaps in the literature. In my view, this view is very harsh. It is very lyrical and beautifully written. Especially the first chapter is reminiscent of ‘The Waves’ by Virginia Woolf, where the obsession with water is clearly visible. It is also a thriller, which is apparent in the struggles of other characters in finding out what caused Kitty to take her own life.