Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
Kala by Colin Walsh
Add Kala to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf


Best Seller
Kala by Colin Walsh
Paperback $18.00
Jun 25, 2024 | ISBN 9780593470022

Preorder from:

See All Formats (4) +
  • $18.00

    Jun 25, 2024 | ISBN 9780593470022

    Preorder from:

  • $30.00

    Aug 22, 2023 | ISBN 9780593793213

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • $28.00

    Jul 25, 2023 | ISBN 9780385549639

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Jul 25, 2023 | ISBN 9780385549646

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Jul 25, 2023 | ISBN 9780593745854

    746 Minutes

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from Kala

Product Details



“Even after you put the pieces together, you’ll want to stay with this powerful meditation of the power of fear and the meaning of bravery.”

“[A] gritty heartbreaker of a thriller…Part heartfelt coming-of-age tale, part brutal Irish noir, this is a spectacular read for Donna Tartt and Tana French fans.”
Kirkus, starred review

“A master class in building suspense…Walsh manages a deft balance between adolescent angst and ecstasy — discoveries bringing horror, sorrow and joy — and the more deliberate, often elegiac reflections of adulthood, reckoning with the promises of the past.”
The Washington Post

Kala hits its mark: it’s a beautiful and taut work of prose.”
Electric Literature

“This is a masterful reworking of the whodunnit, one you’ll have immense difficulty putting down…especially enjoyable to read.”
–The Irish Times
“Now here’s a truly ambitious debut novel that purrs with narrative confidence – hugely engaging and thoroughly addictive.”
Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier

Kala is a thriller—and a lot more. It is exciting and cleverly structured, but its great strength is the characters: they are terrific.”
Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize-winning author of Life Without Children

“Colin Walsh’s debut novel is, quite simply, amazing. It’s dark, thoughtful, gritty and full of suspense. Calling it a page-turner doesn’t even begin to describe it. Compelling and addictive might be more like it. Beware, though. KALA contains some rough scenes because it depicts real life, which means including the dirty sides. Frankly, for me, this is the best book of 2023.”
—The Book Reporter Network

“Colin Walsh’s debut Kala is a heartbreaking story of love and lost youth that is at once tender and absolutely gutting. Psychologically rangy and ultimately riveting, Kala is a book you’ll not just read and love, but lend to those you love.” 
Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

“A debut novel of skill and fire, Kala crackles with passion as it depicts the urgent bonds of youth and the monsters that emerge when we peer into the past.”
—Rob Doyle, author of Threshold

“I was kept awake until the birds were singing. What a story. I was riveted. It captures so much of the essence of the thrill and excitement of teenage summers, the wonderful optimism of youth and first loves, and the ease with which corruption and evil can take hold and thrive. This is a dazzling novel.”
Donal Ryan, author of The Queen of Dirt Island

“The very definition of page-turner, full of big personalities, rapid twists and unpredictable moments, cast both in vivid colour and deepest shadow. I tore through it.”
Lisa McInerney, author of The Rules of Revelation
“A sizzling debut of nostalgia and secrets… Comparisons to Donna Tartt’s Secret History are justified. Kala is both a genuine page-turner and a profound meditation on memory and how it shapes our lives – how our past selves forever haunt the people we become.” 
The Guardian

“Compelling… Kala is an addictive read, with a pacy denouement – and explosive revelation – that’s more than worth the wait.”
The Daily Telegraph

“A vividly spun web of a novel… Walsh’s pin-balling language seems to contain within it both the volatile ecstasy of being young, and the precipitous darkness that often accompanies it. A compulsive joy.”
The Daily Mail

“Impressive… Kala heralds an exciting new voice.”
The Observer
“The characters unfold beautifully on the page as the plot builds to breakneck speed. A mesmerising debut thriller wrapped in lyrical writing.” 
Woman & Home, Book of the Month

“This shimmering novel teems with tension and is so brilliantly executed it’s hard to believe it’s a debut.” 
The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice

“Colin Walsh skillfully reveals the dark secrets behind the murder and missed opportunites to bring the killer to justice. Of particular note is Walsh’s talent for dialouge and dynamic descriptions.”
CrimeReads, Book of the Year

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Back to Top