Thank you so much to penguin, Dave, netgalley and Kat for allowing me to take part in this tour and my copy of the book.
Release date: 9th July 2020
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…
When I first read the synopsis for Harrow lake I was really intrigued, it drew me in and even though this is not my usual genre, I still enjoyed it.
So Lola was a rather interesting character, I didn’t quite know what to think of her at the start but, she definitely grew on me as the book progressed. She is a very mature character for her age but it was still nice to watch her grow and become her own person with her own mind throughout the book.
Harrow lake is a place in my mind that I can describe quite vividly, I loved how creepy it was.
The plot did draw me in even though it did get quite slow in places but the characters were enough to keep me going through those parts as well as the desperate need to know what was going on and how the book was going to end.
Romance… I was not expecting there to be romance in here but it was such a nice surprise and it definitely contributed to my enjoyment of the book. I’m usually a person who likes a lot of romance in my books but, I think the fact that it didn’t play a centre role and didn’t override the story was such a good balance. It wouldn’t of created the same atmosphere if it had.
Kat Ellis has a great writing style. Her ability to keep me hooked in a genre that I usually have no interest in is amazing. I juts had to know how it ended.
When I finished this book, i didn’t quite know what to rate it. I liked the ending even though it was slightly predictable and every page kept me glued to the book to find out exactly what was going on in this strange town. I’m actually a bit surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. I was well and truly hooked, if not a bit creeped out by teeth by the time I finished. However, This is not my typical genre so I can’t give a critical rating so my rating is only based on my enjoyment of the book.
Kat Ellis is the author of YA novels PURGE, BLACKFIN SKY, and BREAKER, and the novella THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN in the THREE STRIKES collection. Her next book, HARROW LAKE, will be published in the summer of 2020.
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.