Deniel Kalla

THE DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT chosen as top pick of CBC’s Summer Reading List 2022, Mystery & Crime

Deniel Kalla

THE DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT chosen as top pick of CBC’s Summer Reading List 2022, Mystery & Crime

“Trust Daniel Kalla to come up with the perfect post-COVID thriller.”The Globe & Mail

“The latest from internationally bestselling author Daniel Kalla will have your heart pounding and your mind going into overdrive searching for clues.”The Daily Hive

“(Kalla) has a knack for writing eerily prescient thrillers.” CBC Books

“Gripping, heartbreaking, and enthralling suspense… ” SAMANTHA M. BAILEY, USA Today and #1 nationally bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

“With hairpin turns and shocking twists, readers will be captivated until the final page.” ROBYN HARDING, bestselling author of The Perfect Family

“Fast-paced and complex, this is a must-read.” CATHERINE McKENZIE, bestselling author of Please Join Us and Six Weeks to Live

“A boldly written story that fans will love and new readers will devour.” AMBER COWIE, author of Last One Alive

The Darkness in the Light

A psychiatrist’s patients are dying—are they suicides related to a new antidepressant, or is there something even more sinister going on in the northernmost town in the US? A riveting new thriller from internationally bestselling author Daniel Kalla.

After Brianna O’Brien takes her own life, Dr. David Spears blames himself. Though he understands suicides can be a tragic occurrence in psychiatric practice, this loss hits him particularly hard. With Brianna, he’s convinced he missed crucial warning signs. When David suspects Brianna’s friend, Amka Obed—whom he’s also been treating virtually—is in crisis, he flies to the remote Arctic community of Utqiagvik, Alaska, only to discover that she has disappeared.

While the regional police are confident that Amka will turn up safe, David and the town’s social worker, Taylor Holmes, have serious doubts. Each battling their own demons, David and Taylor launch an investigation, determined to help uncover the truth about what happened to Amka. David wonders if a new antidepressant he recently prescribed both Amka and Brianna played a role in what took place. Taylor, who’s familiar with the locals, suspects a drug lord with connections to Amka’s boyfriend.

Who is right? Where is Amka? Is she still alive?

What begins as a missing persons inquiry and suspicion over a pharmaceutical cover-up quickly evolves into a terrifying journey of treachery and death—one that will horrify this isolated town and endanger many more lives.