Hey everyone! After a little unplanned hiatus (quarantine, am I right?) I’m back with a bang! As part of The Write Reads gang, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis and am here to share my thoughts!
Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.
The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.
And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.
The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her…
If you’re on the lookout for a book to break up your quarantine by giving you a nightmare or two, then Harrow Lake is a must read! It’s rare for a book to genuinely give me a fright but reading this one before bed had me seeing things in the shadows!
It probably goes without saying that there were so many things that I loved about this book. If you’re after a good, gripping horror that will get you all turned around, then this book will certainly do the trick. We jump from place to place, darkness seeps in unnoticed and there’s a terrifying taptaptapTAP that follows you everywhere! A good horror can be difficult to find but I absolutely loved that nothing about this book felt safe – there was no motherly character to cling to, no safe room where the monsters couldn’t find you and no light at the end of a cave tunnel. This kept me guessing from start to finish. Who could Lola trust? Could she trust herself? The book is fast paced and flits from thought to thought, mirroring the fracturing of Lola’s mind perfectly and keeping you firmly within the grip of the story. The best way I could describe the feel of this book would be to cross Slenderman with Until Dawn – a terrifying monster lurking in the shadows, but a very real horror skulking beneath. I devoured this story in an afternoon and wish I could do it all over again!
Overall, I really loved this story and can’t speak highly enough of the terror that lingers even after you close the book. Is that Mister Jitters hiding in the shadows? Or is he even real at all? If you’re someone who loves a scare, interwoven with a mystery that really keeps you guessing then this book should most definitely be on your TBR!
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