Thank you to Penguin for sending me this awesome ARC copy of Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis! Not going to lie, kinda made me feel old remembering the VHS days.. I mean look at it, feel the nostalgia.
I adore a good horror thriller book, I cannot get enough of them, they are my favourite’s next to fantasy books, I need more really good thriller horrors in my life to be honest.
Welcome to Harrow Lake. Someone’s expecting you . . .
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 her every move.
The more Lola 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.
This book man was just wow, creepy and just mind boggling, I found this one difficult to put down because there were moments when I was on edge and needing to know what’s going to happen next, reading the story about Mister Jitter’s the mythical horror of the town of Harrow Lake and Lola is sure that is the reason behind the story of the disappearances of girls who play the role of the main character of Nightjar over the years. Nightjar is a film that Lola’s father Nolan Nox filmed years ago in the town of Harrow Lake, which is where her mother who was the leading star of the film was from.
So when Nolan gets attacked and Lola is sent to her grandmothers and she hears all about the tales of Mister Jitters she discovers that her mother made her own Jitterbugs and that Lorelei was the only one he never took. Lola is determined to find out what is going on, she delves further into it and ends up getting so caught up and lost within her own mind that it ended up being difficult for me to know what was real and what wasn’t, the ending of this story was really something that I did not expect, we find out so much about the emotional trauma that Lola has been going through for years and that being where her mother was from seems to have unlocked something in her mind to realise what was actually going on around her.
I definitely recommend this one if you enjoy a good thriller horror, it was such an interesting read and I want to give other books from Kat Ellis a go now!