The Darkness in the Light by Daniel Kalla
Publishing: May 3, 2022 by Simon and Shuster
Reason I chose to Read this Book: Well, the author is Canadian. But that’s not all. He’s really talented, and I’ve enjoyed a number of his other books, so he is becoming one of my go-to authors. I don’t usually read medical thrillers, but this author writes compelling characters.
The Darkness in the Light by Daniel Kalla is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Simon and Shuster and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Dr. David Spears is a psychiatrist, working out of Anchorage Alaska. A number of his patients are actually in the Arctic, and he “sees” them via video chat. One of his patients up there, Brianna, just committed suicide, and he feels guilty for missing the warning signs. A friend of hers, Amka, who is also his patient, is taking it hard, and David decides it is time for him to visit the remote community to check up on her.
David has had his own issues. His wife took his daughter, and they are living in Seattle, so visits are tough, and when his anticipated father/daughter trip gets cancelled on top of the recent suicides, David’s own depression gets amped up. He has been on a fairly new anti-depressant called Ketopram, which he swears saved his life. But now he is having doubts. A few of his patients that are on this drug have committed suicide lately, and he starts to wonder if it may not be the wonder drug he had anticipated. His own friend/psychiatrist has invested heavily into this drug, and David can’t convince him there is a problem.
Upon visiting the remote arctic town, David and Taylor Holmes (the town’s social worker) take up the hunt for Amka, who is now missing. David’s fear that Amka’s use of Ketopram may send her over the edge. Taylor, on the other hand, thinks her disappearance could be down to her drug-dealing boyfriend and his connections. But there are a lot of connections, and the investigation will prove treacherous.
Okay, about 1/2 way through the book was a MAJOR twist. I certainly did not see that one coming! The author took a giant leap, and I followed. I actually think the book got even better after that jump.
The book looks into pharmaceuticals, both legal and illegal. Other topics include mental health issues, suicide and abuse. So, overall, pretty dark, sensitive topics. The author handled them all with grace. The plot was good, as was the pace.
The characters were all really well developed, and you either loved them or hated them, but they seemed “real”.
It was a really good, fast read, and it kept my attention from start to finish. What more can I ask?
Here’s hoping your next read is 5 stars !!!
Read: April, 2022
About The Author: Daniel Kalla is a Canadian author, still living in his home-town of Vancouver, BC. He spends some days, some nights, working as an ER Doctor at a major BC hospital. Then he writes. He is the proud father of two girls and a poorly behaved but lovable mutt, Milo.
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