Today is my stop on the ultimate blog tour for Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all.
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 then 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 . . .
I’m not usually in to YA books, but from the moment I heard about Harrow Lake, I knew I was going to love it, and it instantly went on my to buy list. So, when the chance arose to be a part of this ultimate blog tour, I jumped at it, and I am extremely grateful to have been accepted on to it.
From the very first page, it grabs your attention, and won’t let go. I was picking this book up at every opportunity I got, even if I only had 5 minutes to spare. I have been finding it difficult to concentrate on reading during this lockdown, but not with Harrow Lake. I flew through it in a couple of days (with a lot of shh’ing at Alex along the way, when he tried to talk to me).
Of course it wasn’t as scary as the horrors that I usually read, but I am not judging it next to the likes of James Herbert, and Stephen King, because the target audience is completely different, and that wouldn’t be fair at all. Considering that this is actually a YA book, I would say that this was the perfect amount of creepy, and there were a few times where it sent shivers down my spine.
I particularly enjoyed the urban legend aspect. The entire town seemed to be terrified of the tale of Mister Jitters, and it really helped to build the atmosphere in the story. Despite every part of you telling you that it’s impossible for Mister Jitters to be real, throughout the book you actually do start to doubt yourself, just like Lola, and I loved that psychological side to the story.
Harrow Lake definitely lived up to my expectations. It was tense, creepy, and impossible to put down!
I give Harrow Lake a 4.5 star rating.
A massive thank you to The Write Reads, and Penguin Random House, for allowing me to be a part of this Ultimate Blog Tour, and also to NetGalley for providing me with the e-arc of the book!