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From internationally bestselling author Daniel Kalla comes a twisty psychological thriller about a pioneering psychiatrist hiding dark secrets, in the vein of The Golden Couple by Hendricks and Pekkanen and Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.

At sixteen, Holly Danvers barely survived the car accident that killed her father. While she has no memory of the crash, it took an ayahuasca treatment, a native plant-based psychedelic therapy, in the jungles of Peru for her to emotionally recover. Twenty years later, Holly is a sought-after psychiatrist determined to use her expertise with psychedelics to treat patients suffering from addictions. Ignoring the risks, she embarks upon an unproven new protocol with miraculous results. But her success in probing the traumas of her patients and the secrets they keep is short-lived.

When one celebrity client goes public with his recovery and another overdoses after accusing Holly of improprieties, her world is turned upside down. With her career on the line, Holly reaches out to her mentor—and estranged husband—Dr. Aaron Laing, for advice and comfort. But he has a different agenda, and it soon becomes clear that it will be up to Holly alone to figure out why her clients are relapsing and dying. To accomplish that, she will have to risk her life and revisit her own deep-seated trauma.

About The Author

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Daniel Kalla is an internationally bestselling author of many novels, including Fit to Die, The Darkness in the Light, Lost Immunity, The Last High, and We All Fall Down. Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter @DanielKalla.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 28, 2024)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668032527

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Raves and Reviews

“Daniel Kalla has an uncanny ability to zero in on the timeliest topics in his thrillers, and High Society is no exception. Taking aim this time at psychedelic therapies, Kalla weaves an intricate mystery that considers the lengths we will go, and risks we will take to get “better” in the face of pain or trauma. Sometimes, hot celebrity trends can have deadly consequences. Kalla’s writing is brisk and tight, and High Society is impossible to put down.”
AMY STUART, #1 bestselling author of A Death at the Party

High Society combines the relatability of a Liane Moriarty novel with the sharp edges of a Gillian Flynn read. Another insightful page-turner!”
ROBYN HARDING, #1 bestselling author of The Drowning Woman

“Daniel Kalla’s latest gripping thriller is superb. I’m a fan!”
SHARI LAPENA, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Here Is Lying

“What a rollercoaster read! A psychiatrist experimenting with psychedelic drugs on her addicted patients was probably not going to end well, but as the story developed and skeletons queued up to fall out of the cupboard, I was totally riveted. Beautifully written and ingeniously plotted, readers will be taken on a trip beyond their imagining.”
LIZ NUGENT, internationally bestselling author of Strange Sally Diamond

“An emotionally damaged psychiatrist using psychedelics to cure addictions, celebrity clients with much to gain and more to hide . . . Daniel Kalla’s High Society will keep readers on the edge until the last gripping chapter.”
ANNA PORTER, bestselling author of Gull Island

“High Society is both a gripping murder mystery and an exploration of psychedelics on the fringes of medicine. Daniel Kalla keeps you right on the edge of (your therapist’s) chair!”
— VINCENT LAM, bestselling author of On The Ravine

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