The must-have thriller of 2020 that will keep you gripped, keep you guessing and keep you up all night.
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 swif...more
This book was quite the surprise for me, as I didn’t expect myself to like it as much as I did. This book follows our main character, Lola, who is the daughter of a famous horror movie director. When her dad is attacked one night, Lola must return to live with her grandmother in Harrow Lake. Harrow Lake is the famous town where Lola’s dad most famous movie was filmed, and the town has its own scary stories and legends. While Lola is staying here she starts to uncover mysteries and dis ...more
1.It's where my father shot his most disturbing slasher film.
2.There's something not right about this town.
After Lola finds her famous father stabbed multiple times in their NYC apartment she is sent off to live with her grandmother in Harrow Lake while he recovers. This is the place where they filmed her fathers iconic horror movie, Nightjar, and her mother Lorelei starred as Little Bird within the film. Her mother left her and her father when Lola was just 5 ...more
First of all, thank you to @penguinukbooks for the gifted copy! I had a bit of a mixed experience with this one, but can really see it appealing to certain readers.
Lola is the daughter of horror film director, Nolan Nox, whose most popular movie Nightjar was filmed in Harrow Lake - a town that relies heavily on the tourism that the movie brings. But this town has its own secrets, as well as it’s disturbing town legends...
This had a real 80s horror movie vibe, which obvious ...more
Brain, consider yourself boggled.
Total honesty time - during the early pages of this book, I fully anticipated giving it two stars. I found the lead character Lola unengaging and some of the character choices were perplexing. Then something happened to me. I don't even know if I can pinpoint the exact moment in the book when it happened. It was like someone snapped a rubber band in my head and it just worked. I went from apathetic to LOVING it. I don't know if I ...more
Harrow Lake legitimately gave me chills. I realize that’s the point of a horror story, but honestly I had a difficult time reading this story at night, and I definitely had to have my eyes on the door when I did choose to read after d ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
Harrow Lake first burst onto my radar when the publishers were sending out the coolest looking proofs (seriously, check it out!) in the winter. I was immediately interested in the book as soon as I read the summary -- I’ve never been much of a horror reader but have been trying to dip my toe into the genre lately. Harrow Lake turned out to be a great stepping stone ...more
Teenager Lola Nox is the daughter of horror filmmaker Nolan Nox. The book opens with Nolan being interviewed for Scream Screen Magazine. As the questions turn to the disappearance of Lola the interview cuts off and we are then sent back a year in time.
The year before Nolan is found stabbed in his apartment by Lola. Whilst Nolan is in the hospital there is no one else to look after Lola so she is sent to stay with the Grandmother she has never met before ...more
My one annoyance was that the main character always says that everything is "Optimal". It's always capitalized, and it's CONSTANT. It was frustrating after a while, but I pretty much loved everything else.
You can always grab my attention with a book ...more
After a tragedy occurs, and Lola's father is incarcerated in the hospital, she finds herself shipped off to reside with her estranged grandmother. Harrow Lake is not merely her mother's childhood home, however. Harrow Lake was also the setting for her parent's mast ...more
Lola Nox is the teenager daughter of the renowned horror film maker Nolan Nox. The book opens with Nolan’s interview with Scream Screen Magazine. During the interview, questions are asked about the disappearance of Nolan’s daughter, which sends us back to last year when Lola discovered Nolan in a pool of his own blood following a gruesome stabbing.
Since Nolan required hospitalization to re ...more
I might just have to request this from Edelweiss. 👀
Update 12/28/19: I just requested this from Edelweiss! I hope they approve of my request and I can start this soon! 🤞🏻
Update 1/17/20: I just checked Edelweiss and guess what???? THEY CAME THROUGH AND APPROVED ME OF AN ARC YEEEEE-HAWWW 🙌🏻
”Blood in the cracks..."
There's a bird stuck in the wall of my bedroom and last night while reading this book I could hear it tap-tap-tap-tap-TAPPING against the wall...
This was not Optimal.*
*can we get an official count on this? Pretty sure I read this word over 100 times. ...more
Loved this one! Has very classic old school horror movie vibes, enjoyable creepy moments and the ending is everything you could want from this story. ...more
Overall, so fucking good and unsettling.
Edit: Upping to 5 stars because yeah, the epilogue was not great at all, but I still can't stop thinking about it. ...more
Okay, so going into this I didn't expect much creepiness or horror, because it's labeled as YA. Let me tell you, it was so frightening and scary in some parts that I had to take a breather from reading. I absolutely loved how well this was written, and how I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time frantically flipping each page to find out what's going on.
We follow our main character Lola, who's father gets ...more
Okay, I don’t often find YA horror to be all that scary, but Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis was definitely a bit spooky! In it, we follow Lola Nox, daughter of Nolan Nox, a celebrated horror film director who first made his name with the prohibition-era gothic piece Nightjar, which has since become a cult classic. It certainly also helped put the small mining town of Harrow Lake on the map, which was where most of the filming to ...more
You would be entirely wrong.
Instead, Harrow lake is a story of intense psychological horror. I think in a lot of ways, psychological horror is much scarier than slasher horror. The reader can eternalize much of the plot; we readers all have psychological quirks. Harrow Lake is a good book for that. The lead character, Lol ...more
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This book knows how to hit hard. Within one page of my eARC, I knew I was hooked, and Kat Ellis wasn’t afraid to raise the stakes before we’d even met the main character – I loved that I already knew I was pulled in for the long haul. The last chapter was equally potent – though of course I won’t talk about it because spoilers, and I loved the way it came back around to close the circle. ...more
A dark and deceptively unreliable story of a girl visiting her mother's home town, where an iconic horror movie was filmed. Her mother was the lead star and her father the director - and her mother disappeared, leaving behind legends of real life monsters in the town. This is the spine-tingling horror novel that I've been waiting for: a mix of House of Leaves and The Haunting of Hill House. Really enjoyable and definitely not one to read in the middle of the night! ...more
You'll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, trekking through ruins and cemeteries with her camera, or watching scary films with her husband.
The best way to keep up to dat ...more