Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis is a unique thriller with serious horror story vibes but also addresses some delicate social issues.
Lola, the daughter of famous horror film director, Nolan Nox, is sent to Harrow Lake, the town where his most famous movie was filmed after Nolan is brutally attacked. Harrow Lake just happens to be the place where the mother who abandoned her, Lorelei, grew up and was cast as the movies lead. Sent to stay with a cold and unfriendly grandmother that she doesn’t know, Lola discovers that Harrow Lake is a town full of secrets and superstitions that are eerily similar and strangely related to the movie, Night Jar that was filmed there.
The movie and book monster, Mr. Jitters reminded me of every scary thing that hides in the dark or under my bed, never quite sure what it is only that it’s the scariest thing you’ll ever see and sure to drag you off and eat you! Yikes! The plot is really fast moving and the last 30% of the book flew by as an anxiety provoking, edge of you seat, what in tarnation’s going to happen situation. The atmosphere is creepy and almost surreal, the characters interesting with some surprising developments along the way.
If you’re looking for an entertaining YA thriller that skillfully blends in bone-chilling horror and suspense, Harrow Lake is a great choice!
Thank you to Penguin Teen and Kat Eliis for gifting me a DRC of Harrow Lake in exchange for my honest review!
CW: References to suicide, violence, and incest.
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