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Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/07/2024
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Bookseller Reviews

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Irish fiction for the win!
I thought this was excellent! It's dark, gritty and bursting with humanity. A plot like this in the thriller genre is normally weak in comparison, but the ... READ MORE
Isobel Holmes
Outstanding and assured debut.
Lies we tell others. Lies we tell ourselves. And lies we get told… 2003. West Cost of Ireland, six inseparable friends. Then Kala disappears without a tra... READ MORE
Magdalena  Janicka-Spencer
A little heartwrecker
Books are often likened to a Netflix shows. Well, in that case, Kala is like a Sky Atlantic exclusive series, with a massive splash of Twin Peaks framing i... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
'Kala' is a wildly immersive novel, full of unexpected moments and unforgettable characters. You don't as much read this book as fall into the pages; whils... READ MORE
Sophie Cook
Absolutely phenomenal. This book works on so many different levels. On the one hand it is an unputdownable, gripping and twisty thriller, on the other it m... READ MORE
Olivia Gomersall
Increases in intensity
3 friends are bought together after many years, Kala mutual friend and pivot goes missing. Joe, Mush and Helens lives are all different but they get back a... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor


A gripping literary page-turner from a rising Irish talent in which former friends, estranged for fifteen years, reckon with the terrifying events of the summer that changed their lives.

In the seaside town of Kinlough, on Ireland's west coast, three old friends are thrown together for the first time in years. They - Helen, Joe and Mush - were part of an original group of six inseparable teenagers in the summer of 2003, with motherless, reckless Kala Lanann as their group's white-hot centre. Soon after that summer's peak, Kala disappeared without a trace.

Now it's fifteen years later: Helen has reluctantly returned to Ireland for her father's wedding; Joe is a world-famous musician, newly back in town; and Mush has never left, too scared to venture beyond the counter of his mother's cafe. But human remains have been discovered in the woods. Two more girls have gone missing. And as past and present begin to collide, the estranged friends are forced to confront their own complicity in the events that led to Kala's disappearance, and to try to stop Kinlough's violent patterns repeating themselves once again...

Against the backdrop of a town suffocating on its own secrets, in a story that builds from a smoulder to a stunning climax, Kala brilliantly examines the sometimes brutal costs of belonging, as well as the battle in the human heart between vengeance and forgiveness, despair and redemption.

  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 9781838958626
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 316g
  • Dimensions: 199 x 125 x 20 mm

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powerful slow-burner
After the disappearance of their friend Kala, the remaining members of the gang have scattered. One, Aiden, is dead and one, Aoife, is not really in conta... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson