by Kat Ellis
Published by Penguin Australia
Publication Date: 18th of August, 2020
Australian RRP: $16.99
“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 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.”
Lola’s father is a superstar horror filmmaker, her mother rose to fame at a young age in his most famous film set in a little town called Harrow Lake, they fell in love and Lola was born. After her mother left and disappeared Lola was raised by her father and had no connection to Harrow Lake. Until, her father is mysteriously attacked and she’s sent off to live with her grandmother for an unexplainable reason to her. Now she’s in this town, retracing her mother’s steps and learning more about the strange things that surround this town and keep everyone there.
Harrow Lake is reminiscent of all the fantastic cult classic horror movies long gone now but still renowned and beloved. That’s exactly what Harrow Lake is to the people of this small town and the world, it’s what put them on the map and keeps this little town flowing with visitors and money during their festival where visitors flock to the town to imitate the movie. Lola is also already a town celebrity before she arrives because of her mother and father’s fame and finds herself the centre of attention for the people of the town and something else lurking below it.
I loved the storyline itself because it was an interesting plot, I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Lola and her father Nolan and it was strange to read about the parallels between Lola and her mother Lorelai. This book was actually creepy to read though too, especially when it was late at night and Lola was talking about Mr Jitters! It was the biggest mystery for me to try and figure out if this was just a town where a famous movie was filmed or if there was actually something sinister and supernatural going on underneath it. This is the best new book to read this month for Young Adult thriller lovers, this fast-paced, spooky book will sweep you up.
(Thank you to Penguin Australia for a copy of this ARC copy for review. Harrow Lake is out in store and online today!)
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