Imagine being able to live in a movie setting, twenty years after it was made. Harrow Lake, the place where a horror movie was made, is still stuck in time. With it’s own mysteries and eerie occurrences, the place serves as a perfect setting for the book. Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, manages to convey every bit of the eeriness through words.
Nolan Nox is found wounded in his apartment and his daughter is sent to live with her grandmother in Harrow Lake following this. Lola Nox, all of seventeen, suddenly finds herself thrown into the setting of her father’s movie. The town is clinging onto the fame the movie brought them, as well as embracing the creepiness it houses. Living in a town where her mother once lived, where her father made his iconic movie, where strange things happen gives Lola plenty to discover. But, does she want to do it, given that she has got secrets of her own?
Harrow Lake is a promising read in that it had its heart in the right place. Suspense, thrill, and eeriness were portrayed with minimal effort and maximum impact. The place, the sound, the people, the setting… all of it made a cohesive effect. Harrow Lake was a superb read. One I thoroughly enjoyed.
I must confess that the beginning and the end were not on par with the rest of the book, personally. It felt somehow jarringly slow. However once a few chapters in, I had to keep reading. Even when Lola was annoyingly teenager-like or I was feeling the chills and goosebumps, I had to continue reading. Kat Ellis has worked wonders in Harrow Lake.
A full four stars from me for this tingling read. Definitely recommend!