Since it’s the spooky season, now is the perfect time to get your hands on a horror book that’s guaranteed to give you nightmares. Harrow Lake, is the story of Lola, the daughter of an esteemed horror film director, sent to stay with her grandmother at Harrow Lake following an attack on her father. Harrow Lake is the setting for her father’s most famous movie, but the air of mystery hints of a brewing darkness lurking at the heart of the town, and it has its eyes set on Lola. Determined to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance years ago, Lola must venture to the darkest depths of this sinister town, and confront its harrowing monster.
Harrow Lake is a page-turner, one that will have readers at the edge of their seats with its steady pace and haunting atmosphere. In Harrow Lake, Ellis crafts a town reminiscent of Twin Peaks, with its quirky inhabitants, morbid history and legends, and a declining lifespan in itself. Harrow Lake is just as much a character as our lead, immersing readers in its menacing atmosphere.
Lola is very much an outsider, but an outsider that has deep ties to the history of the town. Her life has been dictated by her father’s success, one that has left her isolated from the world. It’s this character trait that makes her narrative unreliable as her memories are manipulated by lies, denial, and her imagination, making you question the reality of her experiences. However, as Lola reality crumbles and the legendary Mister Jitters preys on her fear, we uncover the real monsters of this tale, humans. Characters that are as embedded in this town as Lola, but are haunted by their history and choices. Not all questions are answered, in this story, but if you’re looking for a novel that will have you at the edge of your seats, Harrow Lake is a perfect book to get you in the mood for Halloween.
As part of libraries week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kat Ellis and discuss the inspiration behind Harrow Lake, writing through the pandemic, and the impact libraries have had on her life. I had so much fun hosting hte interview and loved talking to Kat Ellis. The full interview can be found below, so be sure to check it out.
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About the Book
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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…